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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.

2017 RDS Visual Art Awards Winners

Selection Process

A team of independent curators view the end-of-year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They longlist graduating artists, who are 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, select 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 were:

Monika

Bogyos  

DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts

Matthew

Bourree

Belfast School of Art

Yvonne

Casburn

GMIT Galway School of Design & Creative Arts

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

In 2017, the selected exhibiting artists worked with professional artist Nick Miller who curated the exhibition. They also had the opportunity to win a share of the €27,000 prize fund. The judging panel selects the winners of the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award and the €5,000 R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award which is 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:

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

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