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Wexford artists on show at RHA

County Wexford is well represented in a prestigious annual exhibition of artworks at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Ely Place, Dublin which is continuing until August 10.

The work of eight Wexford-based artists is featured in the exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography and architecture which is open free of charge to the public.

This is the 189th year that the event has been held.

Pieces by David Begley, Maria Levinge, Kate Murphy, Linda Plunkett, Martin Redmond, Patrick Redmond, Karen Scannell and Hanneke van Ryswyk were chosen anonymously by a panel of Academy members in a competitive countrywide selection process that involved submissions from many hundreds of artists.

Every piece of art was viewed twice by the selection committee which came together for a week to make its selections.

A pre-selection list of 'possible' pieces was compiled first and the final exhibition was chosen from this, with all artworks reviewed anonymously.

The exhibition gives a snapshot of what is happening in contemporary Irish art right now and allows artists an opportunity to show their work in a national museum setting. It is considered a great honour to be selected.

The RHA show attracts a large audience, with over 51,000 people having viewed it last year. There are also lucrative prizes and awards.

This year, there are 347 artists represented by 502 pieces.

Wexford People