Annual Exhibition Exhibiting Artist by Year Prizes RUA Videos


The Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition is currently on show at the Ulster Museum, Belfast running from 14th October 2016 to 8th January 2017. Once again the event has been sponsored generously by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm. The exhibition features work by Academy members, invited artists and artists selected through open submission and encompasses a wide range of artistic media, from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to video works. 

This year’s invited artist’s category has a strong focus on sculpture in all its forms and includes work by John Behan, Janet Mullarney, Eilis O’Connell and Corban Walker to name but a few. Further exhibiting artists include Robert Ballagh, Kyle Barnes, David Crone RUA, Rita Duffy PPRUA, Denise Ferran PRUA, Graham Gingles RUA, Vera Klute, Rosie McGurran RUA, Marcus Patton VPRUA, John Rainey, Dermot Seymour ARUA, Anushiya Sundarlingham, Jennifer Trouton RUA, Lucy Turner and Keith Wilson RUA.

Over £7,000 in prize money was awarded to exhibiting artists of merit. Independent adjudicator CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN PRA, selected recipients of the Academy’s gold, silver and bronze medal prizes while all other prizes were awarded by the prize sponsors. Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker and was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. 

With the support of Belfast City Council and the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland the Academy has organised a comprehensive events programme aimed at schools, families, art enthusiasts and the wider general public.  These events, which run throughout the exhibition, include guided exhibition tours, workshops, artist talks and lectures.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Exhibition 1

Exhibition 2 


Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Since graduating with a first class honours degree from the Art and Design Faculty at the University of Ulster in 1991, Colin Davidson has exhibited extensively in London, New York, Milan and across Ireland. He has been shown regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, where he has twice won awards, and has been an Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy since 2006, having won the R.U.A. Gold Medal three times and the Silver Medal twice.

Colin Davidson’s work is in public and corporate collections across Ireland, including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, the BBC, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, Limerick, the Office of Public Works Collection, Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and Queen’s University, Belfast. A selection of portraits of writers and actors from Colin’s latest body of work is presently on display in the newly-reopened Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Artist Works

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Graphite, crayon and pastel on paper

122 x 112

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Graphite, crayon and pastel on paper

122 x 112