Annual Exhibition Exhibiting Artist by Year Prizes

135th ANNUAL EXHIBITION

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of the founding principles of the Academy was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 135th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Ireland arts calendar attracting over 81,000 visitors in 2015. 

This year’s Annual Exhibition will be held at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 14th October 2016 to 8th January 2017 and will once again be sponsored generously by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm. The exhibition will showcase original works across the disciplines of the visual arts by emerging and established artists. Over £7,000 in prize money will be awarded to exhibiting artists of merit. Independent adjudicator CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN PRA, will select recipients of the Academy’s gold, silver and bronze medal prizes. All other prizes will be awarded by the prize sponsors.

Entry to the exhibition is now closed. Notification of the short–listing process will be emailed to all artists by 25th July. Artists whose work has been shortlisted will then be invited to deliver their piece(s) to the Academy on 7th August. These works will be reviewed by the SELECTION PANEL and results circulated by 19th August (please note that short–listing does not guarantee final selection). All other key dates can be viewed in the ‘CONDITIONS OF ENTRY‘.

A big thank you to all the artists who have submitted this year – your support of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition is very much appreciated.

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