Festival of Making

Free Admission
20 Oct, 2023 - 29 Oct, 2023

The Festival Of Making is a ten day event, held in the RHA Galleries, that will celebrate the processes of making art and the role the Academy has played in peer learning, during our 200 year history.

Over the course of the Festival of Making, we invite you to observe live portrait painting by academy artists Una Sealy RHA, James Hanley RHA and Blaise Smith RHA. Join us for daily demonstrations by leading contemporary artists, giving insight into how their work is made and the materials they use alongside two masterclasses by artists, Sian Costello and Zsolt Basti. All activities will be open to the public to observe, during select times.

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Orpen’s Easel – RHA Gallagher Gallery

Live portrait painting with RHA Academicians; Una Sealy RHA, James Hanley RHA and Blaise Smith RHA. A unique opportunity for visitors to observe how each artist works in a live setting, from 11.00 – 17.00 daily.

Process and Demonstration – RHA Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery

Contemporary artists, including Vanessa Jones, Colin Davidson, Helen Hughes and more will give a live demonstration of the processes and approaches that are used in their practice.

Masterclasses – RHA Petronella Brown Gallery

Visit masterclasses in process to see how the group learn as they work from live observation with each tutor.

Talks Future Academies – RHA Friend Room

To coincide with the RHA 200th year celebrations, this series of public talks will feature associate members who have been elected to the RHA, to talk about their practice and reflect upon their role within the academy structure.

This series will continue in 2024 with further talks from both associate members and invited artists, who work in collectives, to look at the ongoing role of the group dynamic in supporting and sustaining artists’ practice.


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    20 Oct, 2023 - 29 Oct, 2023
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