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Art in the City launch photo

‘Art in the City’ was a trail of high quality reproductions from the Royal Ulster Academy’s Diploma Collection of Art across twelve Belfast City Centre sites. The overarching aim of the project was to reinforce the idea that art is accessible to all – it is not just confined to galleries and museums but surrounds people in their daily lives.

Running throughout October and November 2016, this project was a collaboration between the Royal Ulster Academy, accountancy firm KPMG (sponsor of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition) and Belfast City Council with funding provided generously by Arts and Business NI.

To view the art trail works and find out more about each artist, click on their name below:

1. RT Carson RUA (1919–2008)
G.I.

2. Anne Anderson ARUA
The Tree of Life

3. Neil Shawcross RUA
Willie James Hayes, the Strawman 1980

4. Beatrice Chapleo RUA
Sally and Cat

5. Colin Davidson PPRUA
Roddy Doyle

6. Veronica Wallis ARUA
Rubeys

7. Terence Gravett RUA

Saeptum IV

8. Hector McDonnell RUA
Later Afternoon Cyangugu, Rwanda

9. Simon McWilliams RUA

Building Babel

10. John Luke RUA (1906–1975)
The Red Sail

11. Daniel Dowling ARUA
Big Daddy’s Funeral

12. Gary Devon RUA
Muriel Dines Out


A special thank you to all the organisations and companies who
kindly gave their permission to affix artwork to their walls and railings.


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