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2017 RDS Visual Art Awards Prizes

The RDS Visual Art Awards has a total prize fund of €27,000. Each exhibitng artist receives a stipend of €500 to cover any transport and installation costs associated with the exhibition.

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 which 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’. Some of Ireland’s most respected artists have won the award over the years including: Walter Osbourne, William Orpen, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, 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. All visual art disciplines will be considered for this prize which is the result of a bequest from 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 R.C. 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  Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award supported by Mason Hayes & Curran €5,000

The winner will have full-time access to a room and studio space for three months (June, July, August 2018) in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the heart of Paris. The winner must be able to take up the studio between June and August 2018 only. This award has a non-cash equivalent value in excess of €5,000 and will include a stipend of €700 per month which will be paid to the winner by the CCI during the residency. Flights will also be organized by the CCI. Applicants for this award must tick the box on the RDS Visual Art Awards online application form to be considered for the Award. They must also state on the application form in 250 words how the residency award would assist them with their creative practice and outline the focus of the residency. The judges will select the shortlist of candidates suitable for the award and the final decision will be made by the Director of the Irish Cultural Centre, Nora Hickey M’Sichili. 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 residency award assisted them with their practice.

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