Exhibitions, Short Courses, Portrait Awards and Healing Mothers

A portrait of a mother healing her son has been revealed as the winner of the 2021 Zurich Portrait Prize. Salvatore of Lucan’s Me Ma Healing Me won the artist a €15,000 prize in addition to a commission for a value of €5,000 to produce a new work for the National Portrait Collection.

In the junior section, Della Cowper-Gray won the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, which won a cash prize of €500 and a box of high-quality art materials for her work, My Father the Artist. In the youngest category, six-year-old Marianna Krolik won with her portrait of her best friend, Mia. The Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition, featuring the winners alongside 23 other shortlisted works, is on view at the National Gallery of Ireland until April 3, 2022, then at the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

Waterford Exhibition

The winner, Salvatore de Lucan, is also part of the Artform exhibition at 44 The Quay in Waterford along with 170 other artists with over 300 works including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography and prints. Open daily through December 23, prices range from €150 to €8,250 for Jean Curran’s Kim at the Golden Gate Bridge. Now in its fourth year and located in the city’s cultural quarter, the exhibition is part of the Waterford Christmas Festival. In collaboration with GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art Waterford – and the Waterford business community, a series of awards including individual exhibition opportunities as well as monetary awards have been given to deserving works of art in selected categories. The following artists were awarded: Ben Hennessy, Ciaran Bowen, Mary Butler, Zsolt Basti, Michael O’Leary, John Albert Duignan, Tony Gunning and Síle Walsh.


The center also offers short art courses and painting stays with a wide range of artists. Located in the coastal village of Dunmore East and lasting two to five days, disciplines include creative drawing, printmaking and sculpture in addition to learning oils, acrylics, watercolors and mixed techniques. A three-day course (March 4-6, 2022) is led by Shevaun Doherty, the award-winning botanical artist who designed Irish postage stamps featuring bees in 2018 and whose work features in the Natural History Museum. It costs €350 and is limited to eight people. On March 12 and 13, 2022, artist James Horan will host a Modeling the Head in Clay tutorial. A graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, with a master’s degree in aesthetics and art history, Horan was a guest exhibitor and instructor at the Stone Carving Symposium in Port Orchard, Washington and at the annual exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2017. He is represented by Sol Art in Dublin. Working with a live model, participants will learn proportions while building on a wooden frame on day one and refining work on day two. The course costs €300 to include all materials.

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