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RDS Visual Art Awards

The RDS Visual Art Awards are the most important awards for visual art graduates in Ireland. The exhibition is the only place to see the best graduates from all over Ireland curated in one space.

Following a rigorous competitive process, select graduates' work is exhibited 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 and is free to attend. There are four curator's tours of the exhibition at 1pm daily from 18 - 21 October which are free to attend but must be booked online. Click on link below.

2019 Visual Art Awards Winners

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 have selected 13 exhibitors (listed below) for inclusion in the 2019 exhibition.

2019 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibitors

Name

Surname

College

Tim

Butler

GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media

Sophia

Campbell

Belfast School of Art

Andrew

Carson

National College of Art & Design

Niamh

Clarke

Belfast School of Art

Jamie

Cross

IADT Dún Laoghaire

Petra

Dominova

Belfast School of Art

Ellen

Duffy

TU Dublin School of Creative Arts

Inguna

Mainule

TU Dublin School of Creative Arts

Clare

Scott

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Ronan

Smyth

Belfast School of Art

Rosalind

Spencer

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Zoe-Mae

Stevens

Limerick School of Art & Design

Louise

Wallace

Limerick School of Art & Design

 


 

Awards
The Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. 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 Whyte's 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 Whyte's). 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.

Winners of the 2018 RDS Visual Art Awards

Selection Process
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:

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

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