Masterclasses & Workshops

By: Jennifer Trouton
17 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
Fee Application Deadline
€170 January 28, 2018
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

The depiction of drapery has been a constant throughout the history of art. From the Venus de Milo, to Jan Van Eyck’s Arnol ni wedding to Tracey Emin’s My bed, fabric, forming folds pleats and draperies have played a significant part in visual culture.

Jennifer Trouton first started working with fabrics in 2008 and since then it has been a recurring motif throughout her practice. She consciously appropriates the tools and materials of the past to subtly express ideas around gender, class and identity within Irish history.

Trouton will give a presentation of her work, with paintings available to view on the day. In addition, she will discuss the process of creating and photographing compositions, editing and transferring photographic documentation to canvas and the building of layers of paint and glazes.

Participants will be invited to compose and document a composition from fabrics and artefacts from which they will begin an oil painting. Jennifer will be available throughout to give individual advice and assistance.

Jennifer Trouton is a visual artist currently based in Queen Street Studios, Belfast. Her work has featured in group exhibitions nationally and internationally since graduating from the University of Ulster in the mid-nineties. These include Resolutions, Katzen Gallery, Washington DC, Nacienteâ, Guayasamin Gallery, Cuba and Through our eyes at the Drawing Centre, New York. Solo exhibitions include the I8th Street Gallery Los Angeles, Spectrum Gallery London, The Ashford Gallery Dublin and The Fenderesky Gallery Belfast.

Trouton’s work has received continued support from the Arts Council including a funded resi- dency at the Banff Centre of Arts in Banff, Canada.

Previous awards include a 3-month residency at the 18th Street Art Complex in Santa Monica USA, the COE (Clare Morris Open Exhibition, Ireland) Adjudicators’ Award awarded by Andrea Schlieker from the 4th Plinth project Trafalgar square and a Golden Fleece Award hosted by the Lillias Mitchell Foundation. Trouton’s work is held in numerous public and private col- lections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The University of Ulster, Belfast HSC Trust, ESB Ireland, The Office of Public Works, British Midland Airlines and the David Roberts Collection. In 2007 Trouton was shortlisted for Ireland’s prestigious AIB Artist of Promise Award.


As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.

Queries about any of the RHA School classes, workshops or masterclasses should be forwarded to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride. Phone: 01-6612558 or email:

Image: Jennifer Trouton, Longue Duree (detail), 2014, Oil on linen, 182x152cm, Image courtesy of the artist.