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24 hour PREVIEW For Friends of the RHA


A Message from Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director

As we publish this newsletter on Monday 19 October we await further announcements by the government this evening on an increased levels of restrictions to combat the growing rates of Covid-19 in our society.

The RHA has been closed under Level 3 restrictions since early October. Since installing the 190th Annual Exhibition in September we now have passed two dates on which we planned to open the exhibition to the public. It now seems likely that it will be mid-November before the next window of opportunity arises. And if this is so, we may get five weeks in which you can safely visit and view this exciting exhibition. It is different this year for two reasons. One, the first round of selection was via digital submissions which meant we got a great deal more artists sharing their work with us, and many of them were new to us as they will be to you. Secondly, due to the sad passing of Michael Cullen RHA whom has installed the exhibition for the past decade, this year’s layout was conducted by the painter Donald Teskey RHA and you can sense the new eye in the phrasing and pace of the exhibition.

And while we are more than a little dismayed that we have not already welcomed you into the space we are delighted that for the first time in its history the entire exhibition will be available to view online from tomorrow! As one of our loyal members of the Friends of the RHA, we are delighted to give you a 24 hour preview and a first look at the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition viewing rooms here: VIP LINK For Friends of the RHA

I hope you not only enjoy seeing the show in this format but you will support the individual artist by purchasing their work online. It really is the best compliment to an artist to purchase their labours and provide them with the financial and moral support that spurs them on to make more work.

Artists and art institutions gained a milestone in last week’s budget as the government allocated a record-breaking and truly necessary €130 million to the Arts Council for 2021 (up from €80 million this time last year). It not only puts heft behind the oft times politically quoted “creativity of the nation” but builds confidence in artists and organisations that there will be the capacity to weather the storm of the coming year. Our commitment for 2021 is to ensure that artists receive as much support as we can provide through fees, commissioning new work, engagement programmes, teaching fees and studio provision – echoing our successful #ReallyHelpingArtists initiative of past summer.

We have an exciting programme lined up for 2021 and do hope that if we all increase our efforts to diminish the effect of the pandemic that you can come to the gallery and experience the exhibitions and programmes we plan in a safe and controlled environment. So socially distance, wash hands and wear your mask, we want to see you back at the RHA!

Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director

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190th RHA Annual Exhibition NOW ONLINE

For the first time in the Annual’s history, you can now view all 455 works of art online from today! Enjoy viewing the exhibition in its entirety, with each individual work having been professionally photographed, discover prize winners, Academy Member-led tours and make purchases, all from the safety of your own home. Support the Arts.


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Colin Davidson RUA
Live Studio Visit
Via Zoom

7pm, Thurs 22 Oct

We are delighted to offer the Friends of the RHA (ONLY) the unique opportunity to have a virtual peek inside the studio of the highly acclaimed artist, Colin Davidson RUA. Davidson will discuss his work, art practice and give the RHA Friends a chance to view and discuss the paintings in his studio, both finished and in progress.


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Young Art Writers Programme 2020

6 – 8pm, Mon 16, 23 & 30 Nov

Open for Applications to 2 Nov

Young Art Writers Programme is devised to immerse the participants into thinking about writing in relation to the visual arts in a number of ways, in order to support the participants formulating their own writing practice. The programme is designed for anyone age 18 – 25 who is interested in art and writing or who would like to be introduced to this area. No previous experience is necessary and all levels of writing ability are welcome.


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Online Therapeutic Art

4.30 – 6pm, Tues from 27 Oct – 1 Dec

Applications by 22 Oct

Online Therapeutic Art with the RHA will be facilitated by by Andrea Clare Plunkett, Therapeutic Arts Facilitator. We seek participants interested in taking part in a 6-week block of therapeutic art sessions which will allow participants to find ways to deal with issues such as managing stress, anxiety, and other day-to-day stressors.


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Family Drawing Tour of the RHA 190th Annual Exhibition

12 – 1pm, Sun 8 Nov

Bookings from 25 Oct
Join artist Michelle Hall online to observe and draw from a selection of works showing in the 190th Annual Exhibition. Over the course of an hour, you will learn and explore and a variety of mark making techniques. Activities are aimed at children ages 6+ and their parents/guardians and younger siblings are welcome to join.


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Lecture Series, available to view online

Colin Martin RHA, Head of School:

Elaine Grainger’s sculptural arrangements are intuitive responses to both material and site and combine light, plastic, ready-made and appropriated elements. In this talk she traces the development of her work from her MA in NCAD to the RDS Graduate Awards.

If this is your first time to view an RHA School lecture online, please first register here:


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