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The goal of the RDS Foundation Arts programme is to provide a platform that supports the transition from student to emerging artist; encouraging the pursuit of a career in visual arts, crafts or music.


RDS Music Bursary

RDS Music Bursary

With a prize fund of €15,000 the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Europe. Open to vocalists, conductors and instrumentalists, the Bursary aims to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a musical instrument.

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RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards

The annual RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

The RDS Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.

The 2016 Awards will be open for online entries on Monday 14 March. The deadline for entries is 8 June. A link to the online application form will be accessible from this webpage from 14 March. For more key dates please click here.

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RDS Visual Art Awards

RDS Visual Art Awards

Spanning three centuries, the RDS Visual Art Awards (formerly RDS Student Art Awards) are among Ireland’s most important visual arts accolades. Roderic O’Conor, Walter Osborne, Louis Le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross and Isobel Egan are just some of the illustrious past winners. All were financially supported by the RDS as they started out on their artistic careers, today the RDS continues this support with an exciting exhibition opportunity and a prize fund of €20,000 for emerging Irish artists. The top prize is the Taylor Art Award of €10,000 which has been awarded since 1860.

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RDS Rising Stars

Archive: RDS Rising Stars

The RDS Rising Stars Concerts showcase new talent in Irish classical music. We provide an audience and a venue for talented third-level music students to help them gain valuable performance experience. The next Rising Stars Concert will take place on Wednesday 4 May 2016 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. Performer and programme details will be announced in the new year.

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