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RDS Visual Art Awards

The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. It does this by curating an exhibition of some of the best visual art graduates each October and offers a prize fund of €27,000.

A team of independent curators have viewed the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They longlisted artists, who were then invited to apply for the 2017 RDS Visual Art Awards. A panel of five judges nominated by the RDS, RHA, IMMA and National Gallery of Ireland, selected artists from these applications for inclusion in this curated exhibition in the RDS Concert Hall.

Exhibiting Artists

The successful exhibiting artists for the 2017 RDS Visual Art Awards are:

Monika

Bogyos  

DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts

Matthew

Bourree

Belfast School of Art

Yvonne

Casburn

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Hannah

Clegg

Belfast School of Art

Ara

Devine

National College of Art & Design

Isabel

English

CIT Crawford School of Art

Ann

Ensor

National College of Art & Design

Elaine

Hoey

National College of Art & Design

Stephanie

McGowan

Sligo Institute of Technology

Eve 

O'Callaghan

National College of Art & Design

Kevin

O'Kelly

National College of Art & Design

Yasmine 

Robinson 

Belfast School of Art

Kevin 

Smith

DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts

 

Awards

The selected exhibiting artists will work with professional artist Nick Miller who will curate the exhibition. They will also have the opportunity to win a share of the €27,000 prize fund. The judging panel will select the winners of the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award and the €5,000 R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award which will be announced at the launch of the exhibition. New for this year is a three-month residency award (summer 2018) in partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) in Paris. The Director of CCI will select the winner from the exhibitors who have applied for the residency. This award is sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran who have a long history of supporting Irish artists.

Exhibition

The RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition runs from October 25 to October 30. Opening times as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 25: 10.30am - 6.00pm
  • Thursday, October 26:10.30am - 8.00pm
  • Friday, October 27: 10.30am - 6.00pm
  • Saturday, October 28: 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Sunday, October 29: 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Monday, October 30: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Tours

As part of the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition 2017 a number of tours of the Exhibition will be provided by the curator, Nick Miller. These tours are incredibly popular and places on them are limited. To book your place please use the below links:

Nick will also be sharing his thoughts on 'Painting and the World As You Find It' as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm.

For further information please contact:

Dara O'Leary
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255
Email: arts@rds.ie

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