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Women on Walls wins Business to Arts award

05 September 2017


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The Royal Irish Academy in partnership with Accenture won the Allianz Business to Arts Award 2017 for Best Large Sponsorship (over €50,000) for Women on Walls.

The award ceremony was held at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Monday 4 September 2017.

The Women on Walls campaign aimed to make women leaders more visible and to inspire the next generation of women especially in the area of STEM.  Paintings were commissioned through an open competition in March 2016, which called out to Irish artists and artists based in Ireland for at least three years. Out of the 55 entries received two artists were commissioned.  

The artwork is on display to the public in the hallway at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street and may be viewed Monday - Thursday, 09:00-.17:30 and Fridays 09:00-17:00

Vera Klute was commissioned to portray the first female Members of the Royal Irish Academy:

Phyllis Clinch (1901–1984)

Elected in 1949: Phyllis Clinch (1901–1984), a leading innovator who revealed complex viruses in the potato.

Francoise Henry (1902–1982)

One of the most important twentieth-century historians of Irish art

Portraits Phyllis Clinch and Francoise Henry

Eleanor Knott (1886–1975)

A ground-breaking researcher in Irish classical literature; Sheila Tinney (1918–2010), a pioneer in the field of mathematical physics.

Sheila Tinney (1918–2010)

A pioneering academic in mathematical physics, Sheila Tinney was described by Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger as ‘among the best equipped and most successful of the younger generation of physicists in this country’.

Portraits of Eleanor Knott and Sheila Tinney

Eight of today’s leading female scientists.

Blaise Smith was commissioned to portray a group of eight contemporary female scientists all of whom are recipients of the European Research Council Starter Grants 2012.

 LtoR: Professor Emma Teeling (UCD), Professor Catriona Lally (TCD), Professor Debra Laefer (UCD),
Professor Lydia Lynch (TCD),Associate Professor Aoife Gowen (UCD), Dr Maria McNamara (UCC), Professor Sarah McCormack (TCD), Professor Aoife McLysaght (TCD).


Accenture also won the B2A Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment that included the Women on Walls documentary made by El Zerrero Films, which was aired on RTE Television on 9 March 2017.

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