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Join Elaine Hoey, artist and invited curator of the RDS Visual Art Awards 2023 exhibition, for a gallery tour of this critically acclaimed exhibition at IMMA. Looking across the artworks of the featured fifteen recent graduate artists, Hoey identifies intersecting themes such as identity, climate change, migrant issues and the housing crisis, as well as everyday challenges and joys, which emerge throughout the show.

A diverse range of artistic styles and media will be explored, from film, digital and sculptural installation to painting and printmaking. As part of the tour, Hoey will also touch upon her curatorial approach to framing and presenting these artworks in the group exhibition.

Meeting point is IMMA’s Main Reception. Reserve your free place here.

About the Curator

Elaine Hoey is a New Media Artist with a specialty in virtual reality and interactive art. Elaine creates interactive based installations, appropriating contemporary digital art practices and aesthetics to explore the politics of digital humanity and our evolving relationship with the screen. Elaine is interested in creating new forms of art informed by questions arising from complex social, political and cultural processes.

Elaine’s work often addresses and critiques themes arising from identity, place and the bio-political body. Her virtual reality works commonly include immersing the viewer in performative and often uncomfortable roles within her digitally constructed worlds. She works through a wide variety of mediums such as, virtual reality, AI systems, video, gaming, installation and live performance, including remote cyber performance.

Elaine holds a BA and MFA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design. Upon graduating from both degrees, Elaine exhibited at the RDS Visual Art Awards in subsequent years, where she was won the RDS Taylor Art Award 2016, the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award​ 2017 and the RDS Mason Hayes & Curran LLP Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Award 2017. Elaine has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally.

Artist and guest curator Elaine Hoey will be hosting gallery tours throughout the run of the exhibition, follow us on Instagram or Facebook for future updates.

About the exhibition

IMMA is thrilled to host the most important platform for visual art graduates in Ireland, the RDS Visual Art Awards. The programme consists of a curated exhibition opportunity and a prize fund of over €35,000

The RDS Visual Art Awards offers the most comprehensive assessments of graduate work in Ireland undertaken on a thirty-two-county basis. The competitive process is transparent, highly regarded and harnesses the expertise of some of the best visual arts professionals working in Ireland. Inclusion in the exhibition has a proven positive impact on the accelerated career progression of young artists.

Find out more here.

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.