191st RHA Annual Prize Giving 2021

On Saturday 25 September, 21 artists’ prizes contributing to a prize fund of over €70,000+ were awarded at the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition.

The largest artistic prize fund in Ireland includes prizes for emerging, mid-career and senior artists, across mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and architecture.


The Ireland – US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award
Awarded to Emma Stroude, Fifteen

The Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award
Awarded to Dianne Whyte, Fragment Space 1, The Office

The Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Award
Awarded to Simon Meagher, Horizons

The Morgan O’Driscoll Sculpture Award
Awarded to Rory Breslin, The October Mask, Clew Bay Series

The Adam’s Award
Awarded to Joby Hickey, San Fernando Valley

The De Veres Art Award – for a work of distinction
Awarded to Paddy Critchley, Nature Morte (After Beckett)

The Keating /  McLaughlin Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Art Work, Awarded by ESB
Awarded to Tom McLean, Waiting Game

The K + M Evans Painting Prize
Awarded to Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe

The Whyte’s Award
Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Connor / Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture: Awarded by the ESB
Awarded to John Rainey, New Noise/Old Noise Old Noise/New Noise

The Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist
Awarded to Brett McEntagart RHA, Sunset Scotman’s Bay

The Alex Bradley Award for a mid-career artist in any medium
Awarded to Rosie Wall, Pain Unseen

Contemporary Irish Arts Society Award for a Work of Distinction by a Emerging Artist
Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Graphic Studio Dublin Wilkinson Award.  Sponsored by Behaviour and Attitudes
Awarded to Niamh Flanagan, We leave tonight – the beach huts’ conspiracy

The Solomon Fine Art Award for Sculpture in any Medium
Awarded to Colin Davidson, Strainseir 4

The Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Award and Medal
Awarded to Daniel Nelis, Untitled (November)

The Arthur Gibney Award for Architectural Content
Awarded to Cillian Briody, Acoustic Vessel

The Hanley Sustainability Energy Award for a Landscape of Distinction
Awarded to Vera Klute ARHA, Upheaval

The Anita Young Bursary
Awarded to Diarmuid Breen, The Reader

The Hennessy Craig Scholarship, SHORTLIST:

Eileen O’Sullivan, The Work is in the Underlayer
Ciara Roche, Night Service Station
Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe
Owen de Forge, Behind the Scenes
Sarah Wren Wilson, Despite the Background, I am You and You are Me

Shortlisted artists are invited to exhibit at the RHA in February 2022. The winner of the €20,000 prize associated with this scholarship, will be announced at the opening of the shortlisted artists exhibition at the RHA, February 2022.

RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times, SHORTLIST:

€15,000 (€5,000 prize & €10,000 commission) MEDICINE MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE, ART MAKES IT WORTHWHILE

James English RHA, Weightless
Martin Gale RHA, Wish you were here
Vera Klute ARHA, Frizz
Domino Whisker, The birds and I

The continued support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated by both the RHA and the recipient artists. All award winning artworks can be seen HERE.


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