The RHA School, in partnership with Fingal Arts, 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.

RHA School and Fingal Arts 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.

Fingal Arts Studio 2019 – Bassam Al-Sabah

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.