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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. Following a rigorous competitive process, some of the best visual art graduates are selected for inclusion in a curated exhibition 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.


2018 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibitors

Winners of the 2018 RDS Visual Art Awards

Susan Buttner National College of Art & Design
Anishta Chooramun IADT Dún Laoghaire
Conor Coady LIT Limerick School of Art & Design
Sophie Daly National College of Art & Design
Sarah Diviney CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Sue Dolan CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Joe Fogarty Waterford Institute of Technology
Elaine Grainger National College of Art & Design
Lorcan Murphy IADT Dún Laoghaire
Gary Reilly National College of Art & Design
Lykke Sønderkær Belfast School of Art
Mary Sullivan DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts (Sherkin Island)
Attila Szabo Belfast School of Art


Amanda Coogan's Audio Tour of the 2018 Exhibition


Each year the selected artists work with a professional artist/curator and have the opportunity to win a share of the €30,000 prize fund. 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 RDS Special Award of €2,500.

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 the RDS). 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 stipend of €500 to assist with any exhibition related expenses.


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.

Here is the list of artists who were longlisted for the 2018 RDS Visual Art Awards


For further information please contact:

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

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