The RHA Annual Exhibition, now in it’s 187th year, is the most ambitious event in the Academy’s calendar. Ireland’s largest open submission exhibition includes painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models and it brings together the works of RHA Members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission.
This year, the open submissions have provided over half of the exhibition and were rigorously selected by a panel of Academy Members, over a period of 5 days, from a vast number of applicants, which involved over 2,400 artworks.
A prize fund of almost €60,000 is distributed to artists recognized for their artistic achievement in various disciplines and includes 8 awards for works in any medium, 4 awards for sculptural works, 2 awards for painting, 2 awards for photography (1 emerging), 1 award for a senior artist, 1 award for portraiture and 1 award for architecture.
This years exhibitors include, John Behan RHA, Liam Belton RHA, Shane Berkery, Margaret Corcoran, Gary Coyle RHA, David Crone RHA, Dorothy Cross ARHA, Mollie Douthit, Rita Duffy, Gabhann Dunne, James English RHA, David Farrell, Martin Gale RHA, Mark Garry, Joy Gerrard, Richard Gorman RHA, James Hanley RHA, Charles Harper RHA, Pat Harris ARHA, Eithne Jordan RHA, Vera Klute, Alice Maher RHA, Colin Martin RHA, Janet Mullarney ARHA, Carolyn Mulholland RHA, Maeve McCarthy RHA, Stephen McKenna RHA, Sinead Ni Maonaigh, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, Mick O’Dea PRHA, Geraldine O’Neill ARHA, Kurt Opperman, Alan Phelan, Vivienne Roche RHA, Una Sealy RHA, Rose Stapleton, Amelia Stein RHA, Imogen Stuart RHA and Donald Teskey RHA.
This year will also see a new site-specific work by Miranda Blennerhassett installed in the RHA north stair. This work titled RHA examines the relationship between pattern and architecture. Working with a design that comes from the brickwork of an Iranian mosque the piece examines the tradition of applying decoration to structure. The act of decorating objects and environments is a fundamental human activity that provides meaning and value wherever it is placed. It is an action that connects all cultures and classes. This simplistic repeat pattern has been used in a range of domestic applications such as quilts, weaving, tiling, mosaics, etc. and references the way geometric forms can be adapted by craftspeople in a desire to humanise their surroundings.