RHA 200 : Donate


RHA 200 : RHA Friends Donations

Letter from Director Patrick T. Murphy

Dear RHA Friends

Firstly, let me thank you for your abiding support of the Academy over the past couple of years as we all dealt with the realities of lockdowns, masks and avoiding crowds. Our level of Friends never waivered and for that we are indebted to you for your continual generosity to the RHA.

This year, 2023, will see the Academy reach its 200th Anniversary, making it the oldest artist organization in the country. We shall begin our celebrations with the opening of the 193rd RHA Annual Exhibition in late May. Our ambition for the bicentennial is to gain more profile for the Academy and to increase and diversify our audiences.

To help us achieve our additional programmes for the year I would like to ask you for a once off gift to the Academy. Would you, in this special year, make a second payment of your level of Friends membership or a donation of your choice? Your extra subscription will be used exclusively for a special aspect of our plans – The Festival of Making.

This is a 10-day event in the last two weeks of October when our galleries will be turned over to open, walk-in workshops led by Academicians; demonstrations of working with various mediums; pop-up life drawing classes – An occasion to celebrate the ‘joy of making’ no matter what your level of competence.

I hope you can make this gesture to the Academy on this very important year of our history. Please see below for donation options.

Thank you for considering this request.

Best wishes

Patrick T Murphy



RHA 200

The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts is Ireland’s powerhouse of the Arts, steered by an artist-run academy
of our time.

Our mission is to support artists.

Founded in 1823 the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts (RHA) is one of Ireland’s principal public art galleries, hosting world-class exhibitions of Irish and international artists.

The RHA holds a unique position in Irish culture as the oldest artist-led visual arts institution in the country; one where art is created, exhibited and debated.

The Gallery provides a vital platform for contemporary Irish art and artists, and admission is always free.

Through roving monarchs, famine, insurrections and Irish independence, the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts has provided a home for Irish art for 200 years. Our story has often been volatile, instinctive, even imperfect, but always committed to our mission of providing a dedicated space for Irish art and artists to create, exhibit and thrive.

RHA: 200 years of championing Irish art and artists.

A celebratory programme across Ireland

Art galleries and museums across the country are joining in the celebrations as 2023 marks the 200th anniversary of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts – the oldest artist-led visual arts organisation in the country.

As we take a look back at our history, celebrate the artists and architects who have shaped the RHA and look to the future.

Please help us continue to make a unique and lasting contribution to the arts by donating today.

The myriad of services we provide under one roof – from student tutelage to artist residencies to world-class exhibitions – is an achievement that we hope continues for the next 200 years.

Please contact Friends Co-ordinator, Michelle Considine – friends@rhagallery.ie if you would like to donate a different value to the above options or would like more information. 

Thank you.

The Academy mission is not only to support working artists, but to provide a foundation for a larger arts community within Ireland. We do this through a range of initiatives, funded by the generous gifts that have been left by our Friends and Academy Members through estate planning.

Remembering the RHA in your will can benefit the Academy in many ways, providing indispensable support for exhibitions, publications, and a range of awards and bursaries awarded directly to artists for their outstanding work and professional development. A donation ensures the future support of Irish artists and creates a direct impact within Ireland’s art community.

Legacy giving to the RHA comes in many forms, from the Hennessy Craig Award, now Ireland’s largest painting prize of €20,000, to the Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Travel Bursary, a €2,500 award given to an Irish artist to aid further study abroad. Legacy giving can offer tax benefits and is as simple as designating the RHA as a beneficiary through a bequest in your will or living trust.

If you would like to consider supporting the RHA, please contact us.

We understand that making a decision about your will is a private and personal matter, made after careful consideration. That’s why we will never ask you to declare your intentions (although we’re always delighted to hear from you, so we can say thank you).

With Your Support

  • We find and foster Irish talent in the visual arts

  • We mount the RHA Annual, Ireland’s largest open-submission art exhibition

  • We facilitate the exchange of skills between eminent artists and students

  • We continue to preserve the RHA’s collection for future generations

RHA Friends

A Vision of Creativity

Founded in 1823, the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts’ mission always to champion the arts in Ireland through education and exhibition. To this day, and throughout the tumultuous times in Ireland’s history, these principles remain true – a singular focus on producing, driving and showcasing the finest Irish art and artists.

From architects and sculptors, painters, printmakers and photographers, the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts is steered by the vision of the greatest artists and architects of our time. The RHA has always been, and remains, overseen by acclaimed and brilliant vanguards of Irish art. This has never been more evident than today where as part of the RHA’s 200 years celebrations The Academy will travel the nation to bring the vibrant artistic community of Ireland together in celebration of our shared history. The significance of the anniversary will be marked through a number of exciting and historic events including nationwide gatherings, anniversary exhibitions, a specially commissioned book and a commemorative stamp by An Post.



RHA Friends was established in 1997 to support an Academy dedicated to promoting excellence in art and architecture. Today this diverse group of over 1000 greatly enhances the life of the Academy.

We invite you to become a Friend and join our collective of artists and loyal supporters who likewise believe in this home as an anchor for the love of art. Please contact our Friends Co-ordinator Michelle Considine if you would like more details: 01 661 2558 / friends@rhagallery.ie.

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