Annual Exhibition Exhibiting Artist by Year Prizes RUA Videos


The Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition has now closed following a three month run at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Once again this event was sponsored generously by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm. The exhibition featured work by Academy members, invited artists and artists selected through open submission and encompassed a wide range of artistic media, from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to video works. 

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 organised a comprehensive events programme aimed at schools, families, art enthusiasts and the wider general public.  These events, which ran throughout the exhibition, included guided exhibition tours, workshops, artist talks and lectures.


Collection of Artwork

All work must be collected from the Academy’s premises at 5 Donegall Square South, BT1 5JA on the following dates:

Sunday 22nd January, 11am – 3pm

Purchased works and Invited Artists work

Sunday 29th January, 11am – 3pm

Selected Artists works and Academy Members works



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