NCAD Graduates win RDS Taylor Art Award and R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award

Kevin O'Kelly - RDS Taylor Art Award €10,000

Kevin O’Kelly won the 2017 RDS Taylor Art Award of €10,000 for his BA work Something About the Way You Look. The NCAD student’s winning installation paces the line between solitude and loneliness, highlighting the sense of disconnection sometimes felt in modern urban living. He is interested in the balance between the value of time spent on your own with your thoughts and the difficulties that can arise from a lack of meaningful relationships with others. He is motivated by a desire to create an immersive environment that encourages reflection, thought, and empathy with the lives of others.

Elaine Hoey - R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award (€5,000) & RDS Culturel Irlandais Residency Award

Last year’s winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award, Elaine Hoey, was awarded the 2017 R.C. Lewis Crosby Award (€5,000) for her interactive virtual reality MA work Stranger Than Fiction is Fact. This work absorbs the viewer into a world that draws distinct parallels with our own, touching upon political systems, new technologies and fake news. Elaine was also made the first recipient of a new three-month residency award (summer 2018) in partnership with the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) in Paris. The Director of CCI selected the winner from the exhibitors who applied for the residency. This award is sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran who have a strong track record of supporting Irish artists.

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