RHA award for Kilkenny artist

Kilkenny-based artist Sonja Landweer has been awarded the Connor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the RHA annual exhibition for her work ‘Large Trapezoid’.

Kilkenny-based artist Sonja Landweer has been awarded the Connor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the RHA annual exhibition for her work ‘Large Trapezoid’.

Ms Landweer has lived in Kilkenny since the 1960s, having been invited to Ireland to set up a ceramic studio at the Kilkenny Design Workshops. A distinguished international studio potter and ceramic artist, over the past 50 years she has consistently contributed to help raise the quality of craft and design in Ireland.

‘Large Trapezoid’ was selected for the Connor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture, supported by ESB Electric Ireland as, according to the judges: “This sculpture is a bronze with stunning colour and fine pagination. The sculptor has executed this work brilliantly making the subtle appear simple. The piece is wonderfully tactile which makes it both intriguing and captivating.”

The Connor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture, which has been supported by ESB Electric Ireland since 2004, honours the Irish-American sculptor Jerome Conor and former chief executive Joe Moran. The latter’s wife attended the awards and presented Ms Landweer with a Silver Medal and cash prize of e3,000.

Now in its 181st year, the RHA annual exhibition is one of the longest-running art exhibitions in the country and this year features a record 585 artworks on display. It runs in RHA, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2 until July 30.