Myfanwy Frost Jones winner of RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award in the RDS Visual Arts 2022

25 October 2022
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Congratulations to Myfanwy, a graduate of MTU Crawford College of Art & Design, Fine Art, 2022.



And the 2022 winner is Myfanwy Frost- Jones

Myfanwy graduated from MTU Crawford College of Art & Design with a first-class honours degree in Fine Art having previously studied Visual Art at TU Dublin, Sherkin Island. Working as an artist and oyster farmer based in the West of Ireland; Myfanwy’s work examines the complicated relationships between land, labour and ecology in a rural space. Embracing the sublime, her work investigates the dark histories of the past whilst acknowledging the picturesque allure of the rural landscape. Her work layers conflicting histories of colonialism and invasion with current issues of biodiversity and coastal erosion, combining photography and moving image installation with the use of text to create a poetic narrative. Passionate about environmental sustainability, biodiversity and local food networks, Myfanwy’s work looks at rural life and the changes inherent in the working landscape as we enter the Anthropocene. 

Her work entitled ‘Invasive Species’ is an immersive site-specific installation. This includes Invasion Stories, a self-published 50-page linen covered book, combining text and photography to investigate the stories of invasion, colonisation, land and labour. Myfanwy uses footage from her dslr camera, drone and iPhone camera in combination with text that floats meditatively across the images. Ambient sounds from the site join the sound of local children blowing into glass bottles from the shore.

The 2022 RDS Visual Art Awards exhibition will take place in the RDS Concert Hall from October 21-29. The opening hours are 10.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm). The exhibition is free entry and no booking is required.


RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award (value €6,000)

The winner will have full-time access to a room and studio space for three months (June, July, August of year following their year of exhibition in the RDS) in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the heart of Paris. This award has a non-cash equivalent value of €5,000 and will include a stipend of €700 per month which will be paid to the winner by the CCI during the residency. For the first time in 2020, a cash award of €1,000 will be paid to the winner as part of the prize. Flights will also be organized by the CCI. Applicants for this award must tick the box on the RDS Visual Art Awards online application form to be considered for the Award. They must also state on the application form how the residency award would assist them with their creative practice and outline the focus of the residency. The judges will select the shortlist of candidates suitable for the award and the final decision will be made by the Director of the Irish Cultural Centre, Nora Hickey M’Sichili from those artists who applied for the award. This decision is based on the work presented to the competition as well as the written statement. An interview may also be required. On completion of the residency, the RDS will ask the successful resident to complete a report on how the residency award assisted them with their practice.

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