It Took a Century: Women Artists and the RHA | 1 July - 22 October 2023

This National Gallery of Ireland/Royal Hibernian Academy collaboration will showcase women’s membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy from the election in 1923 of the first woman member, Sarah Purser, to the first woman President, Abigail O’Brien, in 2018. As part of the RHA bicentenary celebrations, the exhibition will combine an historic survey of the past 100 years together with a presentation of work by current woman members of the Academy. 

While half of the artists represented in the exhibition are living, the other half span the decades from the 1920s. The exhibition will comprise works in a variety of media, and will involve an unprecedented use of Room 21, in which Irish art from the late 17th to early 19th century is usually displayed.


The constituent works will be drawn almost exclusively from the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy. The only exceptions to this are the small number of artists not represented in either collection. Examples of the work of this small group of artists will be on loan from other public collections in Ireland or are new works.

1 July 2023