Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017

Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017

25 November 2017 - 25 February 2018
Portrait Gallery | Free admission

Twenty-four artists (below) were shortlisted for this year's Hennessy Portrait Prize. Selected from over 270 entries, the portraits encompass a wide range of media and materials, by artists living in Ireland and Irish artists abroad. This year’s panel of judges are James Hanley, Niamh MacNally, Patrick T. Murphy and Dr Yvonne Scott.

On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, Joe Hickey was announced as the winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017, received a prize of €15,000. Hickey will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. There were also two additional awards of €1,500 for highly commended works, won by David Hamilton and Myra Jago.

Open to artists in all disciplines, the aim of the Hennessy Portrait Prize is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Curators: Claire Crowley and Dr Brendan Rooney, National Gallery of Ireland
Jack Hickey (b.1988), 'My Time', 2017. © the artist. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

Winner of the 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize

Jack Hickey (b.1988), My Time, 2017.

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The Shortlisted Works