The RHA School awarded the RHA School Graduate Studio Award 2017 to Kevin Smith (DIT). This award is funded by the generosity of RHA Friends.
A panel consisting of Colin Martin (RHA School Principal), Ruth Carroll (RHA Curator) and James Merrigan (Writer and Critic) visited the graduate exhibitions in IADT, DIT and NCAD.
Writing about Smith's film, Love in Technicolour, writer and critic James Merrigan comments 'immediately we are pulled into the fractured psyche of a young man as he aggressively performs the social rituals that young men often endure. Kevin Smith's long-haired protagonist in his short film Love in Technicolour is a contemporary 'Samson' who looks too pretty and self-possessed to be self-punishing until he shears off his own locks on film. Existing in limbo between hope and hangover, the ever-present props of party hat and lipstick-smeared mirror become insidious reminders throughout the film that the past is a predictor for future behaviour.' Merrigan adds 'as a visceral and believable exercise in confessional filmmaking Love in Technicolour, performance and storytelling, Kevin Smith demonstrates control over the medium, commitment to a poetic register and heart-pumping physicality. Breathtakingly believable.’
The Graduate Studio Award will commence in October 2017 for the period of one year and covers the cost of studio rent, utilities and administration for the year, as well as allowing access to RHA School courses and masterclasses, curatorial staff and other professional artists.