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RCPI launches open call to artists to address the theme of climate and health

By Reporter - 23rd Jun 2023

Mr James Hanley, RHA (left), will chair the judging panel. He is pictured at No. 6 Kildare St with Ms Harriet Wheelock, RCPI Keeper of Collections, and Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, RCPI President Designate.

The RCPI has launched an art competition inviting artists to submit a piece of visual arts exploring the theme of climate and health for an exhibition at the College, to be held in October 2023 during St Luke’s Annual Symposium.

The winning entry will receive a prize of €2,000, with two additional artists receiving a prize of €300 each.

The judging panel will be chaired by Mr James Hanley, one of Ireland’s most prominent painters and a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts (RHA).

“I would strongly encourage any artist to enter this fantastic competition,” says Mr Hanley. “It is a wonderful piece of patronage by one of the most venerable institutions in the city, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, who occupy this wonderful building on Kildare Street. It gives artists a chance to try for the prize money and for the exposure and is another great competition in the broad landscape of patronage for the arts community and it is very, very, welcomed.”

The competition is part of the RCPI’s commitment to advocacy around the huge challenges we are facing triggered by climate change and the impact this will have on the world’s population.

Concerns around climate and health were raised by hospital doctors across Ireland during national consultation conducted by the College, according to its Head of Healthcare Leadership, Prof Trevor Duffy.

“Climate change arose as a significant and pressing issue for our trainees, members and Fellows,” said Prof Duffy.

“The College wants to provide a space for discussion of the challenges of climate breakdown and for the formulation and promotion of solutions to the climate crisis. We believe art is one way of articulating the personal and collective feelings and stories around this challenge, and for envisioning shared solutions that protect health and the planet.”

Artists who are established, emerging, or enjoying creating art as a hobby, are invited to submit a piece of art in any medium, including paining, photography, sculpture, and video that aligns to the theme.

  • Submissions may be in any medium, including painting, photography, sculpture, and video
  • Work must be either completed within the last three years and align with the theme OR new work created in response to the theme.
  • Submissions are welcome from artists resident in Ireland at all stages of their career.
  • Selected works will be exhibited at our historic home in No 6 Kildare St from 16 to 20 October 2023. We will provide transport for the artwork.
  • We will not charge commission on sale of work.
  • AI-created works are not eligible.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 28 August 2023.

Submission Guidelines and Information: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Website > Art Competition – Climate and Health (

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