Amanda Coogan Announced as Curator of RDS Visual Art Awards 2018

RDS have announced Amanda Coogan as the 2018 curator of the RDS Visual Art Awards. The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. It does this by curating an exhibition of some Ireland’s best visual art graduates each October and offering a prize fund of €30,000. Curators are visiting colleges over the coming weeks and months.

Amanda Coogan is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, photography and video.

In 2018 the selected artists will 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 in 2018 a new cash award of €2,500. Also on offer is a three-month residency award (summer 2019) in partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) in Paris. The Director of CCI will select the winner from the exhibitors who applied for the residency on their online application form. This award is sponsored by Mason Hayes and Curran who have a long history of supporting Irish artists.

A new award this year is the RHA Graduate Studio Award which gives the winner 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 (December 2018 to December 2019). 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 will be selected by the RHA School Principal in consultation with the RHA Director and Senior Curator. Interested applicants must tick the box on the online application for to be considered for this prize.

Each exhibiting artist receives a stipend of €500 to assist with any exhibition related expenses.

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