Well done to CIT CCAD Graduates who are exhibiting at the RHA Dublin

24 May, 2017

Congratulations to CIT CCAD graduates

James Horan and Roseanne Lynch

Who exhibit in this years RHA annual show 2017

James Horan, "for a better world, press play ", Carrara Marble


The RHA Annual Exhibition, now in it’s 187th year, is the most ambitious event in the Academy’s calendar. Ireland’s largest open submission exhibition includes painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models and it brings together the works of RHA Members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission.

Mick O’Dea, President of the RHA explains, “Every work exhibited in the RHA Annual is fresh from the studios and workshops of Ireland and Europe and has not been viewed before. If you want to have your finger on the pulse of what Ireland is about, you cannot get the full picture without seeing the RHA Annual Exhibition. It offers an unrivalled opportunity for the new and experienced collector as each piece has had a 1 in 10 chance of being selected through the open submission process. Here you will have the opportunity to see work by emerging artists, who in some cases have not shown in an established gallery before, hanging side by side with established artists who have a distinguished lifetime of work behind them. The democracy of this open submission process is a core decree of the Academy.”

This year will also see a new site-specific work by Miranda Blennerhassett installed in the RHA north stair. This work titled RHA examines the relationship between pattern and architecture. Working with a design that comes from the brickwork of an Iranian mosque the piece examines the tradition of applying decoration to structure. The act of decorating objects and environments is a fundamental human activity that provides meaning and value wherever it is placed. It is an action that connects all cultures and classes. This simplistic repeat pattern has been used in a range of domestic applications such as quilts, weaving, tiling, mosaics, etc. and references the way geometric forms can be adapted by craftspeople in a desire to humanise their surroundings.

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