In commemoration of its 10th anniversary, K-FEST launched the K-FEST Arts Award in 2023, replacing the Screaming Pope Prize. This prestigious award, generously sponsored by Fexco, saw five extraordinary artists rise above their peers, each receiving recognition and prizes for their exceptional work.
The esteemed panel of guest judges, including Alan Keane, Lisa Crowne, and K-Fest Art Director Rochelle Lucey, selected Annie Hogg as the winner of the K-FEST Arts Award. Annie’s work captivated the judges, earning her the top cash prize of €1000. Annie’s distinct and vibrant art can be admired at Gallery 7 Boyles. You can also follow her work on Instagram at @anniehogg_thewildhedgeinkco.
Four remarkable finalists were also acknowledged as runner-up winners, each receiving a cash prize for their contributions to the arts.
- Aine Ryan, whose work was displayed at Gallery 7 Boyles, was recognized for her unique perspective and artistic flair. You can follow Aine on Instagram at @aine_ryan_art.
- Oisín Burke, showcasing his work at Gallery 4 Dance hall, was applauded for his innovative and thought-provoking pieces. Oisín’s work can be followed on Instagram at @oisin_burke1.
- Dana Winder, whose creations were featured at Gallery 7 Boyles, was lauded for her imaginative and bold style. Dana’s Instagram handle is @danawinder.
- Bernie McAdam, who displayed her work at Gallery 4, was celebrated for her profound and evocative art. Bernie’s work can be found on Instagram at @bernie.mcadam.
The IKC3 Sustainability Award on behalf of MTU, an award that honours sustainable practices in art, was presented by Zoe Rush. The award was won by the talented Emily Thompson, whose sustainable art was displayed at Gallery 7 Boyles. You can follow Emily’s work on Instagram at @emilyathompson_artist.
The K-FEST Arts Award 2023 was a testament to the incredible talent and diversity present in the art world today. We encourage all art enthusiasts to follow these artists and look forward to the exciting work they will undoubtedly continue to produce.
Photographs by David Hegarty & Dave Ryan Media