Fine Arts

Variety of works makes RHA’s selling exhibition a real tonic

The annual Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition is a stalwart of the cultural calendar and an essential part of the arts ecosystem

The 193rd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition: The 561 works on display cover a wide range of artistic practices from painting, print making and photography to sculpture. Picture: Paul Sherwood Photography

A recent visit to the 193rd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition was an extraordinary experience – not only for the total immersion in art, creativity and the magnificent architecture of RHA Gallagher Galleries, but the buzz of people on a Saturday afternoon.

Amid groups of friends deep in conversation about their favourite pieces and fellow artists discussing techniques, that old chestnut, ‘You call that art?!’ could be heard.

Being in the presence of the 561 ...