RDS Visual Art Awards
The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. Following a rigorous competitive process, some of the best visual art graduates are selected for inclusion in a curated exhibition with the opportunity to win a share of the €30,000 prize fund. The 2019 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition will run from October 18 - 24 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Winners of the 2018 RDS Visual Art Awards
2019 RDS Visual Art Awards Longlisted Artists
Congratulations to the 105 graduating artists who were longlisted for the 2019 RDS Visual Art Awards by our team of independent college curators following visits to the BA and MA shows in art colleges around the country. The 2019 RDS Visual Art Awards judging panel will assess the application forms from the longlisted artists and select the exhibitors and the winners of the €30,000 prize fund.
Each year the selected artists work with a professional artist/curator and have the opportunity to win a share of the €30,000 prize fund. The RDS Visual Art Awards judging panel selects the winners of the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award, the €5,000 R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award and the new RDS Whytes Award of €5,000.
The RDS Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) Residency Award which is supported by Mason Hayes & Curran provides a three-month residency in Paris (summer) to the value of €5,000. The Director of CCI will select the winner from the exhibitors who applied for the residency on their online application form. Mason Hayes & Curran have a long history of supporting Irish artists.
The RHA Graduate Studio Award provides the winner with access to a studio for one year in the RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2. They will also have access to all classes and masterclasses in the RHA School for the duration of the prize. This award is valued at €5,000 and comes with a cash stipend of €2,500 (sponsored by Whytes). The winner of this award is selected by the RHA School Principal in consultation with the RHA Director and Senior Curator.
Each exhibiting artist receives a payment of €500 to assist with any exhibition related expenses.
A team of independent professional curators view the end-of-year BA & MA 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.
Irish final year BA and MA students enrolled in overseas art colleges are also eligible to apply as are those graduating from visual art degrees in colleges not on the list below. Students whose end of year show falls outside of the traditional summer period can also apply and more details are available in the rules of entry
For further information please contact:
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255