Student Awards


Open to undergraduates

Deadline: 19th May 2017


Every year, Black Church Print Studio invites proposals from Third Level Fine Art undergraduates (2nd, 3rd, 4th Years inclusive) to respond to, and exhibit their work in an experimental exhibition space - Black Church Cabinet - in the heart of Temple Bar.


Black Church Cabinet is a niche, vertical vitrine situated at street level. With a wide incidental audience, the space is highly visible, and offers a great opportunity for showcasing new talent in the centre of Dublin's cultural quarter.


The selected artist exhibits their work for up to six weeks in Black Church Cabinet, with a further six weeks use of the Studio facilities for developing their specific work.


As a self-directed project, the selected artist is responsible for the installation of their work while receiving support of the Black Church technical team. Marketing, mediation and communications support will also be available. A further €100 Production Bursary will be awarded to cover material and technical costs.



  • Submissions should be informed by the printmaking process
  • Site-specific to fit 212cm x 54cm x 8 cm
  • 2D, 3D or New Media are accepted
  • Available for installing the work in early September 2016



  • A written proposal (one A4) with supporting images (max.8), sketch, workplan
  • Artist statement
  • Display and installation instructions



Black Church Print Studio offers three Graduate Awards annually to students of Fine Art Third Level colleges specialising in print. Participating colleges include Dublin Institute of Technology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology and the National College of Art & Design. It also offers one National Undergraduate Award which is open nationally to students of Fine Art Third Level colleges specialising in print.


The Black Church Print Studio Graduate Awards are vital to the continuance of the Studio by fostering young talent emerging from colleges in Ireland today.


Graduate Awards 2016:


1st Prize: Ciara Donnelly (DIT)

John Kelly RHA (1932-2006) Award. Recipient of one year's Full-time Membership


2nd Prize: Ria Czerniak-LeBov (NCAD)

Recipient of one year's Extended Access


3rd Prize: James Dunne (NCAD)

Recipient of 6-week Printmaking Course / 5 days Temporary Access


Basic materials, technical guidance and administrative support is also included. The selection process takes place at the Graduate shows in May/June each year. Our selection panel consists of three Board Members in conjunction with the Department Heads of the participating colleges.




For further information on either of these Awards - for Graduates or Undergraduates - please contact:

Hazel Burke | | 01 6773629