Donald Teskey ‘October Stormcloud 2014’ Charcoal on Paper 76 x 105 cm
This year our Members Drawing Exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for the Academy to connect directly back with its very early beginnings. James Hanley RHA Keeper, approached the Irish Georgian Society, who currently occupy City Assembly House while conducting an extensive restoration project there with a view to mounting this exhibition. Even in its present state this venue will provide a beautiful light-filled and spacious gallery for the exhibition and a very appropriate setting for this special historical occasion.
The City Assembly House was built between 1766 and 1771 by the Society of Artists in Ireland with the aim of promoting the work of Irish artists and providing an academy for the arts. In time, they sought a Royal Charter and established the RHA in 1823. It was the first purpose-built public art gallery in either Britain or Ireland and possibly in Europe. The architect is unknown but is likely to have been Oliver Grace who exhibited an elevation proposed as a front to the Exhibitions Room with the Society of artists in 1768.
From the earliest civilizations drawing has provided a unique and often intimate insight into the lives and creative minds of their makers. In our own time, it is also viewed as a substantial art form in its own right and with its own strengths. All Academy members will be invited to submit at least one drawing work for inclusion in what promises to be a stimulating and varied exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by Joe Dunne RHA who is the current Principal of the RHA School. A catalogue including images of all the works will be published to mark this special event.
VENUE: CITY ASSEMBLY HOUSE, SOUTH WILLIAM STREET, DUBLIN 2