Fingal County Council Studio Award


The RHA School, in partnership with Fingal County Council Arts Office, are delighted to offer the opportunity of a funded studio space for a professional artist for the period of one year. The award offers an artist the opportunity to develop their practice within the institutional framework of the RHA and covers the cost of studio rental and administration. The award is open to practising artists at all stages in their professional careers working in visual art.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must: have been born, have studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area.

Artists wishing to be considered should apply by completing the application form HERE:

  1. A current CV. PDF document only. Maximum file size 500k.
  2. A brief description of your art practice. Max. 300 words. PDF document only.
  3. A covering letter detailing your intentions for the allocated period at the Fingal County Council Studio Award, including an artist statement and work plan, giving details of what materials and processes you use and any other requirements you have.
  4. Up to six images of your work, no larger than 1mb each in size. JPG files only.
  5. A list of images submitted clearly marked with the title of the piece, the medium and the dimensions. For video artists, please include on this list the web addresses (e.g. YouTube or Vimeo) to access your work.

The deadline for applications is 25th July 2021. Any questions or requests for further information can be forwarded to

Current Resident – Bassam Al-Sabah

RHA School and Fingal County Council Arts Office are delighted to announce Bassam Al-Sabah as the recipient of the 2019 Fingal Arts Studio Award. This award was selected by Colin Martin, RHA Head of School and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Bassam Al-Sabah began his residency in November 2019.

Bassam Al-Sabah works across film, painting, sculpture and printed matter. He graduated from IADT’s BA Visual Art Practice in 2016 and was awarded the RHA Graduate Studio Award, 2016-2017 and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Graduate Residency Award, 2018-2019.

In 2018, Al-Sabah’s work was shown in Futures at the RHA and Periodical Review at Pallas Projects. He also exhibited a new CGI film at TULCA which was funded by the Arab Culture Fund and will be shown at a collections exhibition A Fiction Close to Reality, IMMA, 2019.

Solo exhibitions include: Eight gallery, 2017 and The LAB, 2018, and Solstice Arts Centre, 2019. Al-Sabah was listed in The Irish Times as an “artist to watch” by Gemma Tipton in 2017 and he has presented his practice through public talks at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, RHA, Dublin Castle and GMIT.


Previous Recipients

2018 – Naomi Sex

2017 – Michelle Hall

2016 – Aoibheann Greenan

Image: Bassam Al-Sabah, Forrest, 2019, Image courtesy of the artist.