Annual Exhibition Exhibiting Artist by Year Prizes RUA Videos


Over £7,000 in prize money was awarded to exhibiting artists of merit at the Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition. 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. He is the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.


2016 Prizes

RUA Perpetual Gold Medal Prize for the best work by a member of the Academy sponsored by NIAVAC

Recipient: Colin Watson ARUA, Boys Playing on a Cliff Top

Colin Watson ARUA

RUA Perpetual Silver Medal Prize for the best work by a non–member of the Academy sponsored by Tom Caldwell Installations

Recipient: Alison Kay, Heeled Pale Green Wedge Form with Side Opening

Alison Kay

RUA Bronze Medal Prize for a student work sponsored by Kriterion Conservation Architects

Recipient: Tara Johnston, Powder Bombs Series I

Tara Johnston 

KPMG Young Artist Award

Recipient: Stephen Johnston, Cake in Jar

Stephen Johnston 

Conor Prize for a figurative work in any media sponsored by Café Conor

Recipient: Francis O Toole, One for Sorrow

Francis O Toole

Drawing Prize sponsored by BradburyART

Recipient: Gillian Cullen, Bound

Gillian Cullen

Irish News Prize for a work depicting the theme of Ireland Today

Recipient: Laurence O Toole, A Prayer to Saint Apprehension

Laurence O'Toole

Mullan Gallery Prize for the best sculpture

Recipient: Deborah Brown, The Visitor

Deborah Brwon

Nicholson Bass Printmaking Prize

Recipient: Margaret Mannion Kallen, Not a Walk in the Park

Margaret Mannion Kallen 

Paul Henry Landscape Prize sponsored by Gormley’s Fine Art

Recipient: Simon McWilliams, Botanical Gardens, Dublin

Simon McWilliams

Portrait Prize sponsored by Ross’s Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

Recipient: Jackie Edwards, The Heart that Asks

Jackie Edwards

Original Vision Prize sponsored by Robinson McIlwaine Architects

Recipient: Christine Campbell, Escape

Christine Campbell

Watercolour Prize sponsored by The Errigle Inn

Recipient: Daniel Dowling ARUA, Bagáiste

Dan Dowling 

Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award for an artist from Northern Ireland working in any medium

Recipient: Jennifer Trouton RUA

Jennifer Trouton 

Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Bewley’s Ltd

Recipient: Gillian Cullen, Bound

Gillian Cullen 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