National College of Art and Design graduate Elaine Hoey has won the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award for her creation The Weight of Water, an immersive work which fuses Virtual Reality with gaming technology to tackle the on-going global refugee crisis.
Her award was announced on Tuesday 25th of October at the launch of the inaugural RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition in Dublin. The awards recognise the work of graduating visual artists in Ireland.
Other winners announced were Sven Sandberg and Michelle Hall, who shared the €6,000 prize money of the R.C. Lewis-Crosby award and Aoife Dunne, who won the RDS Monster Truck Studio Award.
The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. In order to ensure that the awards remain relevant in an evolving cultural environment, this year a long list of graduates were selected by a team of independent curators who viewed the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. The long listed artists were invited to apply online for the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards. A panel of five judges then selected artists from these applications for inclusion in this curated exhibition to be shown in the RDS Concert Hall. The exhibition is curated by Alice Maher.