The RDS Visual Art Awards 2021 Shortlist Announcement

12 August 2021

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is delighted to support the 2021 RDS Visual Art Awards, one of the most important platforms for visual art graduates in Ireland with a prize fund of over €30,000. Now in its fifth year, the RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award gives the winner full-time access to a room and studio space for 3 months in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the heart of Paris. 

Commenting on the firm's support of the award, Christine O'Donovan, Chair, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, said "Mason Hayes & Curran LLP is very pleased to continue our support in 2020 for the RDS Visual Art Awards for graduating students from Irish art colleges. We primarily support artists based in Ireland, through commissions, hosting exhibitions and purchasing work for our collection and we are the proud custodians of one of the most important private corporate collections of contemporary art. The RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award provides the winner with a wonderful opportunity to further their professional development and we hope this award will act as a springboard for an emerging artist at the early formative stage in their career.”

Congratulations to the 2021 shortlisted candidates, listed below. Further information on the awards can be found here.  


Belfast School of Art 

Susan Hughes

Lauren Ciara McCullough


GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media

Emily Lohan

Kate McSharry


IADT Dún Laoghaire 

Karolina Adamczak

Lauren Conway

Lucy Tevlin


Institute of Technology Carlow (Wexford Campus)

Alan Davis


Limerick School of Art & Design 

Fiona Gordon

Day Magee

Finn Nichol

Roibí O Rua

Adela Passas

Ellen-Rose Wallace


MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

Rachel Daly


National College of Art & Design

Deborah Corcoran

Isabella Delaney

Jos Fullam

Louis Haugh

Vanessa Jones

Orla Kelly

Juliette Morrison

Darren Rogers

Sofia Rudi Kent


TU Dublin School of Creative Arts 

Catherine McDonald

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