Artistic License: The 191st RHA Annual Exhibition - The Gloss Magazine

Artistic License: The 191st RHA Annual Exhibition

The annual RHA Exhibition is a high point of Ireland’s cultural calendar, offering a chance to peruse award-winning art as well as providing investment opportunities for first time and experienced buyers alike …

This year, the RHA saw a total of 3,900 works of art submitted from which, following a rigorous two rounds of selection, 323 works were accepted and are currently exhibited throughout all gallery spaces at the RHA. The 191st exhibition includes work by 391 artists working in paint, sculpture, drawing, print, photography and architecture.

With a generous prize fund of over €70,000 (the largest artistic prize fund in Ireland), the 21 winners were announced on Saturday, September 25. Prizes include The RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times, €5,000 prize and €10,000 commission, The Ireland – U.S. Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award of €5,000 and The ESB Keating Award for Outstanding Art Work, Silver Medal and prize of €3,000, amongst others. Here are all the winners:

The Ireland – US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award

Awarded to Emma Stroude, Fifteen.

The Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award

Awarded to Dianne Whyte, Fragment Space 1, The Office

The Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Award

Awarded to Simon Meagher, Horizons

The Morgan O’Driscoll Sculpture Award

Awarded to Rory Breslin, The October Mask, Clew Bay Series

The Adam’s Award

Awarded to Joby Hickey, San Fernando Valley

The De Veres Art Award – for a work of distinction

Awarded to Paddy Critchley, Nature Morte (After Beckett)

The Keating / McLaughlin Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Art Work, Awarded by ESB

Awarded to Tom McLean, Waiting Game

The K + M Evans Painting Prize

Awarded to Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe

The Whyte’s Award

Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Connor / Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture: Awarded by the ESB

Awarded to John Rainey, New Noise/Old Noise Old Noise/New Noise

The Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist

Awarded to Brett McEntagart RHA, Sunset Scotman’s Bay

The Alex Bradley Award for a mid-career artist in any medium

Awarded to Rosie Wall, Pain Unseen

Contemporary Irish Arts Society Award for a Work of Distinction by a Emerging Artist

Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Graphic Studio Dublin Wilkinson Award. Sponsored by Behaviour and Attitudes

Awarded to Niamh Flanagan, We leave tonight – the beach huts’ conspiracy

The Solomon Fine Art Award for Sculpture in any Medium

Awarded to Colin Davidson, Strainseir 4

The Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Award and Medal

Awarded to Daniel Nelis, Untitled (November)

The Arthur Gibney Award for Architectural Content

Awarded to Cillian Briody, Acoustic Vessel

The Hanley Sustainability Energy Award for a Landscape of Distinction

Awarded to Vera Klute, Upheaval

The Anita Young Bursary

Awarded to Diarmuid Breen, The Reader

The Hennessy Craig Scholarship, SHORTLIST:

Eileen O’Sullivan, The Work is in the Underlayer

Ciara Roche, Night Service Station (pictured above)

Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe

Owen de Forge, Behind the Scenes

Sarah Wren Wilson, Despite the Background, I am You and You are Me

These Shortlisted artists are invited to exhibit at the RHA in February 2022, when the winner of the €20,000 prize associated with this scholarship will be announced.

RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times: Medicine makes it possible, art makes it worthwhile

Shortlisted artists:

James English RHA, Weightless

Martin Gale RHA, Wish you were here

Vera Klute ARHA, Frizz

Domino Whisker, The birds and I (pictured above)

Need to Know: Admission to the 191st Annual Exhibition is free and runs until October 30. The exhibition is supported by a catalogue costing €20. A series of artist led tours and talks will run during this exhibition;


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