Graduate & Student Awards

The BCPS Graduate awards

Black Church Print Studio student awards include three Graduate Awards annually to students of Fine Art Third Level colleges specialising in print. Participating colleges include Technological University Dublin, 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.

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


1st Prize : Membership Award

Recipient of one year’s Full-time Membership at Black Church Print Studio and a materials stipend (supported by K&M Evans, Art supply shop). Technical guidance and administrative support is also included.

1st Runner Up: Extended Access
Recipient receives 15 days Studio Access and a materials stipend (supported by K&M Evans, Art supply shop). Technical guidance and administrative support is also included.
2nd Runner Up: Education Award

Recipient receives a free pass to any of our Printmaking Courses or 5 days ‘Temporary Access’.

How to apply

Please submit an expression of interest by email before 20th May 2022 to be considered for a Black Church Graduate Award[email protected] 

Black Church Print Studio assessors will attend Graduate Shows at all three locations.

Upon graduating from the National College of Art and Design I received the 1st prize John Kelly RHA graduate award from the Black Church Print Studio. Winning this award has given me the opportunity to continue with my practise after college and has allowed me to meet other artists in the industry.

Due to the fact my practise involves working through multiple methods, having access to the darkroom, screen printing and etching facilities within the Studio have been a great resource to me. Not only have they allowed me to continue working through the methods essential to my practise but have also given me the opportunity to explore working with new unfamiliar methods. Having the support from staff members has been of great help to me when exploring my more experimental work.

As an artist graduating, it can be difficult to navigate the art world and to know where to begin after college. Being a member of the Black Church Print Studio has given me the opportunity to continue creating and to delve deeper into the industry I am passionate about.

Alex Keogh

2020 Graduate Award 1st Prize Recipient, 2016 Recipient

The BCPS Cabinet award

Open to undergraduates : Deadline: 18 June 2021

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.

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 €100 Bursary will be awarded to cover material costs (supported by K&M Evans, Art supply shop).


  • Submissions should be informed by the printmaking process
  • Site-specific to fit 212cm x 54cm x 8cm
  • 2D, 3D or New Media are accepted
  • Available for installing the work in November 2021

How to Apply

Please submit the following by email before 18th June 2021 to [email protected]

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

‘‘The Black Church Print Studio Cabinet Award is one of the most meaningful experiences to come out of my degree so far. Writing a proposal and then being given the opportunity to execute it in a professional setting like Black Church Print Studio really motivates you and helps you to build momentum and confidence in your work, especially given that it is displayed in the very centre of the city’.

Asia O’Driscoll

Cabinet Award Winner 2017


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