It’s been a wonderful month for artist Inguna Mainule, pictured with partner Hugh Finnerty, who is not only one of two TU Dublin students who were recently selected to exhibit at the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition in the RDS Concert Hall, but also saw her talent recognised in the Global Undergraduate Awards which is a prestigious student awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines. Inguna Mainule studied Fine Art in the Dublin School of Creative Arts, and following a rigorous competitive process, was selected to exhibit her work for a chance to win a share of the €30,000 RDS Visual Art prize fund. The awards provide a platform for graduating artists as they transition from students to professional artists. The selection process involves a team of independent professional curators viewing the end-of-year BA & MA degree shows in selected colleges around the country. During their visits, they longlist graduating artists, who are then invited to apply for the RDS Visual Art Awards. A panel of five judges, nominated by the RDS, RHA, IMMA and National Gallery of Ireland, select artists from these applications for inclusion in a curated exhibition in the RDS Concert Hall. Inguna will exhibit her work alongside eleven other graduate artists in the RDS Concert Hall from October 18 – 24. Her second award in the Global Undergraduate Awards, under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, was in the field of Visual Arts. These awards are the culmination of many years of hard work for this emerging artist who, I have no doubt, we will be hearing much more about in the future. !