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L-R: RDS President Bernie Brennan, Residency Award Winner Elaine Grainger and Mason Hayes & Curran Partner Christine O'Donovan

The winners of the 2018 RDS Visual Art Awards were announced on 22 October, at the opening of the awards exhibition in the RDS. We were delighted to sponsor the 2018 Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award, which is valued at €5,000 and gives the winner full-time access to a room and studio space for three months in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

Elaine Grainger was the winner of the residency award for her work barely hardly there, a site-specific installation. Each work is assembled with the intention of interrelating with the others, connected through the positioning of the viewer. Materials such as clay and glass are purposely placed with materials such a plastic and neon. The work hovers between two and three dimensions.

Mary Sullivan was the winner of the overall RDS Taylor Art Award for her work At Home, At War. Mary constructed a life-size military ‘look-out’ house, which houses four video performances on four flat-screen televisions inside. The scenes onscreen allude to suffocation and claustrophobia, as well as speaking back to Ireland’s colonial past and raising questions of the role of women in Irish society.

For more information on the awards and the winners, please click here.

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