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2016 RDS Visual Art Awards Prizes

The 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards (formerly RDS Student Art Awards) has a prize fund of €20,000.

RDS Taylor Art Award €10,000
The RDS Taylor Art Award is a cash prize of €10,000 and is awarded as first prize in the RDS Visual Art Awards to the person the judges believe to be the most promising emerging visual artist in that year. All visual art disciplines will be considered for the Taylor Art Award. The Taylor Art Award has been awarded since 1860 and is the result of a bequest made by George Archibald Taylor who died in 1854 leaving a sum of £2,000 to his trustees for ‘the promotion of art and industry in Ireland’ Many of Ireland’s greatest artists have won the award over the years including:  Walter Osbourne, William Orpen, Mainie Jellett, Melaine le Broquy, Séan Keating, Dorothy Cross and James Hanley.

R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award €5,000
The R.C Lewis-Crosby Award is a cash prize of €5,000 and is awarded as the second prize in the RDS Visual Art Awards. All visual art disciplines will be considered for this prize which is the result of a bequest from Mr. Robin Lewis-Crosby, a former President of the RDS and Trustee on the Taylor Art Trust for over 50 years. The arts were always a key part of his life and he took a deep interest in the RDS Visual Art Awards. Before he died he created a new award in his name for painting; a skill he wanted to encourage. When he died in 2008 he endowed a significant amount of money in his will to be managed by the RDS in order to ensure that the RC Lewis-Crosby Award would continue into the future. In 2015 the Award which was formerly a painting prize, was opened up to all visual art forms and increased to €5,000.

RDS Monster Truck 1 Year Studio Award
Applicants must be prepared to live in Dublin for the duration of the award. The winner will have full-time access to a small studio space (non-residential) for one year in the Monster Truck Studios on Francis Street, Dublin 8 (inclusive of bills, heating and Wi-Fi). The winner must be able to take up the studio between January and December 2017. There will be curatorial support from the Monster Truck Team for the duration of the year. This award has a non-cash equivalent value of €3,000.  A stipend of €2,000 will also be paid to the winner to assist with studio set up costs.  Applicants for this award must tick the box on the online application form to be considered for the Award. They must also state on the application form in 250 words how the studio award would assist them with their creative practice and include an outline of their plans for the year. The judges will select the shortlist of candidates suitable for the award and the final decision will be made by the curatorial team of Monster Truck. This decision is based on the work presented to the competition as well as the written statement. An interview may also be required. On completion the RDS will ask the successful resident to complete a report on how the studio award assisted them with their practice. Please note that this studio space is not suited to the making of large scale work or use of toxic materials.

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