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.