Artists’ Studio Visits in the RHA Studios

RHA Friends

On 16 Nov, 2022

The RHA Friends are invited to visit the RHA Studios, to meet studio members Eleanor McCaughey, Aleana Egan, Lauren Conway and Fiona McDonald to view and discuss their work in progress. Places limited / Booking essential.

We will begin this event in the RHA School with a wine reception and then make our way into each studio to view and discuss the work in progress of each studio artist.


Eleanor McCaughey

Recently Eleanor McCaughey has been researching and developing a new visual language that deals with themes of belonging, displacement, and loss of faith, looking at theological and cosmic notions through a multifarious practice that includes installation, painting, sculpture, and video.  Born in Dublin, Ireland. Eleanor McCaughey studied at TU, Dublin. Selected exhibitions include Bones in the attic, Hugh Lane Gallery,2022, Woman in the machine, Visual Carlow, 2021, Super Market Art Fair, Stockholm, 2021, What remains of this place?, online exhibition, 2020, Vignettes, Richard Heller Gallery, LA USA, 2019 andSytonic State, Tulca, Galway, 2018

Aleana Egan

Aleana Egan uses a variety of materials to create sculptural gestures, paintings and installations which can take the form of slender, fluid works and a more densely concentrated constellation of forms. Often, the works are expressive whilst using a language of materials and artistic technique that is sparing. These materials such as various metals, cardboard, concrete, wood, pigment and fabric are incorporated into a practice which comes from an intuitive as well as an intellectual place and which plays with the materials’ qualities; how they curve, hang or sag. More recently works are made up of constituent parts, each forming a social relationship with the other. Recent solo exhibitions include Sampler,Void Gallery, Derry (2022) small field, Künstlerhaus Bremen (2021), New People, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Duesseldorf (2020) Spitze, Farbvision, Berlin (2019 Recent group exhibitions include Feeling of Knowing, The Complex, Dublin (2021) from narrow provinces, Cample Line, Dumfrieshire, Scotland (2019); staring forms, TBG&S(2019); Aleana Egan/Pearl Blauvelt, Mary Mary, Glasgow(2018)

Lauren Conway

Lauren Conway works through drawing and installation to explore experiences of second level education in Ireland. Recent exhibitions include A Great Public Meeting, the Dock, 2022, Pallas Projects Periodical Review, PP+S, 2021, The RDS Visual Awards, RHA, 2021 and Karen, Ormond Art Studios 2021. Through the process of drawing Conway seeks to tease out a commonality between our highly individualised experiences of participating within the collective ethos of public educational spaces. Her most recent body of work – A Great Public Meetingexplores the material conditions of empty educational spaces that question and challenge aspirational promises put forward by the state through formal education. The work opens up a space for further connections to be made beyond the educational. Through the use of archival materials, documentation from site visits, and found images from her teenage years.

Fiona McDonald

Fiona McDonald is a Dublin based interdisciplinary artist. She holds a BSc in Biological Chemistry from University of Ulster a BA & MA in Fine Art from NCAD & a MSc in Multimedia Systems TCD. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Transcoding – The Living Mountain” at Talent Garden, DCU Alpha Campus. “Woman in the Machine” at VISUAL Gallery Carlow for which her work won the ARTWORK Prize 2021 . Solo exhibition “Gateways” at Roscommon Arts Center 2018.  She is a 2018 recipient of the Arts Council Bursary Award and a current visiting research assistant of OMG Orthogonal Methods Group at CONNECT the Science Foundation Ireland research center for future communication networks.


Exclusively for RHA Friends. 

Limited places available. Booking essential.


  • Eleanor McCaughey, Learning to smell the smoke, 2022, Mixed media Installation, As part of Bones in the attic, curated by Victoria Evans at The Hugh Lane Gallery, image credit – Ros Kavanagh

  • Aleana Egan, nature had an inside, 2021, oil and gouache on linen, 40 x 50 x 2 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery.
  • Lauren Conway, Installation shot, A Great Public Meeting, The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon, 2022. Image: David Smith

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