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We would like to congratulate the five artists (details below) who have been announced as the winners of the 2023 RDS Visual Art Awards.

We are particularly pleased to announce Christopher McMullan as the winner of the RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award. Now in its seventh year, this award gives the winner full-time access to a room and studio space for three months in the heart of Paris.

L-R: Nora Hickey M'Sichili, Director of Centre Culturel Irlandais, Christopher Mc Mullen and our Chair, Christine O'Donovan

Christopher graduated from National College of Art and Design in 2023, with a BA Honours in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture. Christopher’s practice draws from his decade-long career in avant-garde kitchens, where he learned to extract perfumes for luxurious plates and sommelier training. He saw potential in the ‘de-luxification’ of aroma, recognising its capacity to incite articulation through uncodified, highly creative and, oftentimes, visually referential means.

Winners - 2023 RDS Visual Art Awards

  • Christopher McMullan (RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award - €8,000 value)
  • Taïm Haimet (RDS Taylor Art Award - €10,000 value)
  • Oisín Tozer (R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award - €5,000 value)
  • Cian Handschuh (RDS Members' Art Fund Award - €5,000 value)
  • Asha Murray (RHA Graduate Studio Award - €7,500 value)

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