Summer Break

The RHA is now closed until the 9th September. The galleries re-open on that date with four new exhibitions.


Donald Teskey: Decade 

09 September – 23 October 2022 Gallagher Gallery, RHA

This exhibition continues a series of survey shows of individual artists at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Previous exhibitions have featured the work of Barrie Cooke, Edward Delaney, Stephen McKenna, Martin Gale, Robert Ballagh, Carey Clarke, Maria Simonds-Gooding and Charles Harper. Decade explores Donald Teskey’s painting career in the last ten years, 2012 – 2022, a prolific period for the artist in which he has produced several significant artworks. From Crum Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to the west coast of Ireland and the streets of Paris, Decade traces Teskey’s remarkable skill in articulating the energy and tactility of nature. 


Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily - Ciarán Murphy 

09 September – 23 October 2022 Brown & O’hUiginn Galleries, RHA 

This exhibition brings together a number of  Ciarán Murphy’s recent paintings, which present an unsettling array of things: strange landscapes, insects, birds, body parts, letters, architectural features and abstract shapes. These works reflect the artist’s long-standing attempt to grapple with a contemporary world that is completely saturated with images. Images that embody the paradoxical status of being both completely over-bearing, yet irresistible, both entrancing and anxiety-provoking. They exert an almost ghostly weightless presence, blurring past, present and future; and indeed our very notions of what constitutes reality. 


Paint Moves - Elizabeth Archbold

09 September – 09 October 2022 Ashford Gallery, RHA

An exhibition of paintings that experiments with multiple approaches to abstract painting that are intuitive to its inherent properties of flow, splattering, bulk, matt, sheen, blob, and that use colour combinations and contrasts of a reduced palette. The works in Paint Moves have taken inspiration from nature, found objects, painting processes, ornamental pattern, and everyday occurrences. The exhibition questions how painting can engage the viewer and addresses the experience the viewer will have when looking at the painting. Elizabeth Archbold was awarded an RHA-IPUT Wilton Park Studios residency from 2019 to 2021.  Her practice is currently based at Abbey Artists Studios, Dublin.  


Graphic Studio 60th Anniversary Show

09 September – 23 October Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery

Founded in 1960 by artists Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats, Graphic Studio Dublin has been an integral part of the Irish visual arts landscape for the past 60 years.

The aim of the founding members was to make the European tradition of fine art printmaking available to Irish artists. The story of Graphic Studio Dublin takes this institution from its origins in a small basement in Upper Mount Street with just an etching press and a litho press, through various temporary premises to its current splendid and well equipped building in Distillery Court on the North Circular Road.

This exhibition, curated by Eithne Jordan, RHA Keeper, showcases a small selection of the prints made in the studio throughout these years of printmaking excellence. Woodblock, mezzotint, etching, silkscreen, lithography, photo–etching, linocut, woodcut, and carborundum prints are represented here in work by past and current members, along with works made through the renowned GSD Visiting Artist programme and other collaborative projects. It reflects the varied techniques and styles employed by a multitude of artists throughout six decades, a testament to the vision of the founders of Graphic Studio Dublin.

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