Royal Hibernian Academy

Exhibition Details

Royal Hibernian Academy
190th RHA Annual Exhibition

The 190th RHA Annual Exhibition is Ireland’s largest and longest running exhibition of visual art. Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture, the RHA Annual attracts a large public and critical audience with 56,000 visitors last year. With sales in excess of €550,000 in 2019, the highest since 2008, the Annual is a key event of the art calendar for both public and private buyers of all levels. This year almost €70,000 of prizes will be awarded to exhibiting artists. This prize fund, one of the largest in Ireland, is awarded to artists recognised for works of achievement. Awards are made to artists at all stages of their careers, from the Hennessy Craig Scholarship of €20,000 awarded to a painter under 35 on a biennial basis to the Alex Bradley Award for a mid-career artist to the Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist. Medium specific awards are also given for print, photography, architecture, portraiture and sculpture.

Entry Deadline: 29 February 2020 5pm

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Key Dates

Artist Entry Dates
Open for Entry: December 1, 2019
Entry Deadline Date: February 29, 2020
Entry Deadline Time: 5pm

Selection Dates
Selection Deadline: March 13, 2020
Selection Notification (stage 1): March 16, 2020
Artwork Delivery:  TBC
Selection Notification (stage 2): TBC
Collection unselected work: TBC

Exhibition Dates
Private View:  TBC
Exhibition Open to Public:  TBC
Collection of unsold work: TBC


Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: €20.00
Additional Entries: €20.00 per artwork up to 3 artworks.

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The exhibition will be held at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2 from 25 May to 8 August 2020 (dates TBC)

Submissions of work are invited from visual artists working in paint, photography, sculpture, architecture, print, drawing and mixed media

Submission Procedure
Submission is by online entry only. Please click on the link from our website and follow the instructions.

Work selected for exhibition will be expected to be for sale with the exception of portraits.  A commission of 35% is charged by the gallery. It will be assumed that the sale price includes all your costs and our commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable.  

All communication will be by email or via the online login process. Applicants will be required to login to see if they have been preselected and will be asked to download and print their application labels and details to be delivered with the artwork. Failure to do so could result in work being withdrawn from the exhibition. 

The selection committee is made up of six members of the Council of the RHA.  Artworks are presented anonymously and judged solely on merit. The decision is final and binding and no correspondence or feedback will be entered into under any circumstance. 

Delivery and Collection

All works handed in for selection must be:

  • Unwrapped
  • Professionally presented (needing no further work, additions or framing prior to exhibition)
  • Labelled correctly
  • Not of undue size (work over 150 x 150cm are only considered in exceptional circumstances)

Works that are of a delicate or fragile nature can be delivered wrapped but must be clearly marked with additional labels on the packaging.  The organisers may ask that work is unwrapped should it not be necessary.

Each artwork must have both a tie on and stick on label.  Please ensure that the label information matches the information on your online form.  It is important that all details are included on the form, as incomplete details will deem the entry inadmissible.  All works will be checked on entry so please make sure your information is correct.

We accept work from outside the EU.  However, you must ensure that your work reaches us on the designated days and is customs compliant.  The RHA will not pay customs charges, duty or any associated charges on works arriving by courier. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that the work is correctly packaged, as the RHA will not accept responsibility for work damaged in transit or by any third parties. 

Possible works must be collected on the designated days.  If an artist is unable to collect on these days, we ask that you ask someone to collect on your behalf or make an appointment to collect at a later date.  Works not collected by the end of May 2020 will be liable for a storage charge.  Works not collected by end of August 2020 will be disposed of. 


7.1 It would be advantageous for the work not to have been exhibited in Dublin before.

7.2 The RHA reserves the right to reject work that it believes is in breach of copyright laws.

7.3 Work must be professionally presented for exhibition.  All artworks must be presented with complete mechanisms for hanging.  Exposed wet canvases or works that could cause damage to others will not be accepted under any circumstances. Work that arrives damaged or unfit for exhibition due to any material defect will be automatically deemed ineligible for exhibition.

7.4 All works must be marked for sale with the exception of portraits.

7.5 Artist sending works from outside the EU are responsible for payment of any associated duties or taxes.  The RHA will not be responsible for resolving any customs issues that may occur.

7.6 The upmost care will be taken of all works submitted for exhibition.  The RHA will not be responsible for any damage, loss of or destruction of any works for any reason whatsoever.  Artists should insure their works against all risks.

7.7 In order to meet deadlines, incomplete applications will not be accepted.  The RHA will not be responsible for any errors or omissions in the catalogue.  The RHA will not be liable for any loss arising out of any error, omission or decision made by the committee.

7.8 Work not collected from the RHA on the designated days will be liable to a storage charge or disposed of.

7.9 The artist allows the RHA to use images of any artwork for publicity and public engagement purposes only.  This includes television, print (catalogue, newspapers, trade publications), website (RHA and others), social media (RHA and others) and any other method that the RHA deems fit for purpose.

7.10 No work may be removed from the exhibition until after the close of the exhibition.

7.11 Sold work is marked with a red dot.  A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of 20% is required to secure a sale.  The RHA will not be liable for any loss arising out of the failure by a purchaser to complete a sale or the mis-marking of any piece sold. 35% commission from the listed catalogue price will be deducted from all works sold during the exhibition.  Artists will be paid one month after the close of the exhibition and only if the RHA has been fully paid by the buyer.

7.12 The RHA will not undertake the wrapping, crating and packing of any artworks.

7.13 For awards with age constraints, the artist must be below or the relevant age on the date of submission in order to qualify, in this case February 29th, 2020.


By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:
The decision of the Selectors on all matters Is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
I understand that The Organisers reserves the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
I authorise The Organisers To process, store, and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers, The Gallery and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.
All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.
I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application I accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions therein.

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