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 view the end-of-year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. During their visits they longlist graduating artists, who are then invited to apply for the RDS Visual Art Awards. A panel of five judges, nominated by the RDS, RHA, IMMA and National Gallery of Ireland, select artists from these applications for inclusion in a curated exhibition in the RDS Concert Hall.
The successful exhibiting artists for the 2017 RDS Visual Art Awards were:
In 2017, the selected exhibiting artists worked with professional artist Nick Miller who curated the exhibition. The selected artists also had the opportunity to win a share of the €27,000 prize fund. The judging panel selected the winners of the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award and the €5,000 R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award which was announced at the launch of the exhibition. For the first time in 2017, a three-month residency award was also awarded (summer 2018) in partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) in Paris. The Director of CCI selected the winner from the exhibitors who applied for the residency. This award was sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran who have a long history of supporting Irish artists.
For further information please contact:
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255