RDS craft and art exhibitions come to Limerick

THE RDS national craft awards will travel to Limerick next month for an exhibition in the Hunt Museum, writes Anne Sheridan.

THE RDS national craft awards will travel to Limerick next month for an exhibition in the Hunt Museum, writes Anne Sheridan.

Among the pieces on display will be a ‘floating chair’ by Enda Scott, a qualified barrister turned furniture maker, who was the winner of the 2014 RDS Award of Excellence, worth €7,000.

Scott was awarded the top prize for his ‘Obliquity Chair’, a chair sculpted from a single piece of native ash, using perspex as a base to create a floating effect.

His piece, among 85 craft pieces, across a wide range of disciplines, were chosen for display at the 2014 National Craft Awards exhibition, which will be in the Hunt Museum from September 4 to October 10.

A total of 440 entries were submitted to this year’s RDS National Craft Awards, of which 290 were invited for the final round of judging, and less than 90 have made to the touring exhibition.

The exhibition will display the wealth of talent in Irish craft at the moment, from woodturning to jewellery, ceramics to weaving.

Meanwhile, the RDS Student Art Awards exhibition will also travel to Limerick next month, and will go on display at the Bourn Vincent Gallery in the University of Limerick from September 4 to October 10.

Open to students enrolled in Irish art colleges, there were over 360 submissions this year, of which 66 entries have been chosen for inclusion in the exhibition.

University of Ulster graduate Ruth Moore was announced as the 2014 winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award,

Belfast-based Ms Moore, who changed careers to pursue her passion for photography, won the award worth €5,000 for her photograph ‘Untitled 2’ (from the series Ordinances & Angels), a portrait of a ‘woman 
believer’.

The prestigious Taylor Art award has been presented by the RDS since 1860 and is one of the most important student art awards in Ireland, with previous winners including Sir William Orpen, Walter Osbourne, Louis Le Brocquy, and Dorothy Cross.