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With …. Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, London; Arthur Watson, President of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Michael O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and Denise Ferran, President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast. Chaired by writer, Glenn Patterson HRUA.

Over 50 years ago, on 29th May, 1966, Sandra Blow, RA (1925 – 2006) wrote to the Sunday Times as a teacher at the Royal College of Art, putting forward her view, then, on the Royal Academy; “Being a teacher, I am often worried by talented, unfashionable painters starting their careers and not finding a gallery to support them. Without straining itself from its moorings, the Academy could accommodate these artists if they were welcomed in an atmosphere free from…fossilised antagonism.’

To what extent do Academies today embrace new and emerging artists? What factors exist which have resulted in the increasing numbers of artists submitting their work through the ‘Open Submission Process’? How do you view Academies and should they change, if at all?

……… come and lend your voice to the open debate.

Date and Time: Thursday 13th October, 2.00pm onwards

Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000



On Friday afternoons two artists will hold short informal gallery discussions in front of their work.

The dates and participating artists are:

14th October – Eilis O’Connell & Comhghall Casey

21st October – Natalia Black ARUA & Graham Gingles RUA

28th October – Bob Sloan RUA & Karen Daye–Hutchinson

4th November – Claire and Karen Gibson & Daniel Nelis

11th November – Marcus Patton VPRUA & Anne Butler

18th November – Chris Wilson ARUA & Alison Lowry

25th November – Phillip McFadden & Hector McDonnell RUA

2nd December – John Rainey & Lucy Turner

9th December – Jack Pakenham RUA & Jim Manley RUA

Time: 1.15pm and 1.30pm

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor

Booking: Artist Spotlight sessions are drop in events and do not have to be booked.



19th October – Robert Ballagh: ‘Painting portraits from Gordon Lambert, 1972 to Brian O’Doherty, 2016’.

26th October – Michael Longley HRUA ‘In the Frame: Pictures & Poems’.

2nd November – Betty Brown ARUA & Joanna Mules ARUA discuss their experiences in bronze casting providing insights into this exciting method of working.

9th November – Barbara Freeman RUA and Janet Mullarney ARHA: ‘A Trembling Poetry’. Mark Shields RUA, leads a discussion about sources and intentions in their work.

16th November – Dr. Riann Coulter discusses the work of: ‘David Crone RUA, a retrospective at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery, which continues at the RHA, Dublin from 16th November until 21st December 2016’.

23rd November – Dickon Hall: ‘The Legacy of Joesph McWilliams PPRUA, 1938 – 2015’.

30th November – Adrian Frazier, author of the book on John Behan RHA, ‘The Bull of Sheriff Street,’ discusses Behan’s work in the company of the sculptor.

7th December – Rosie McGurran RUA: ‘Three Men on an Island’; a tribute to James MacIntyre RUA, 1926 – 2016, Inishlacken, an inspiration at work.

14th December – Eamonn Maillie remembers Basil Blackshaw RUA, 1932 – 2016, recalling with the artist’s friends Brian Ferran HRUA, Neil Shawcross RUA, Jude Stephens and Graham Gingles RUA, their shared stories.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor (Please note that the 2nd November talk will take place in the Learning Zone, Ground Floor)

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000





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