The Hennessy Craig Award 2022

Group Exhibition

RHA Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery
18 Feb, 2022 - 27 Mar, 2022

This February will see the second Hennessy Craig exhibition, from which the recipient of The Hennessy Craig Award of €20,000 will be selected.

The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts is delighted to announce the at Hennessy Craig Award 2022 has been awarded to Cecilia Danell.

View Exhibition Video HERE

Bequest of the estate of Patrick Hennessy and Henry Robertson Craig.

The Hennessy Craig Award, in memory of H. Robertson Craig RHA and Patrick Hennessy RHA, was created through a generous bequest to the Academy by Henry Robertson Craig and the terms under which it is awarded are those specified in his will. The Award is open to any painter under the age of thirty-five exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college on the island of Ireland.

The Hennessy Craig Award is made on a biennial basis cumulating with an exhibition of short-listed artists, every two years, at which the recipient of the award will be announced.

In 2020, the Hennessy Craig jury shortlisted five eligible artists from the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition and an additional five artists have been shortlisted from the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition in 2021 and the recipient will be announced during the exhibition.



Shortlisted artists:


Chanelle Walshe, Cecilia Danell, Tom McLean, Niamh Porter, Jane Rainey


Eileen O’Sullivan, Ciara Roche, Fiach McGuinne, Owen de Forge, Sarah Wren Wilson

Each artist is invited to exhibit two new works and although considerate of the work submitted, the award will be made based on the overall practice of the artist. This exhibition will offer an unparalleled opportunity to view and for the discernible collector a chance to purchase, the very best work by some of Ireland’s most exciting young painters working today.

Image: Announcement of the Hennessy Craig Award winner, RHA Gallery October 2019, Photographer Paul Sherwood.


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    18 Feb, 2022 - 27 Mar, 2022
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