Schools Artists Talks Tours Workshops Art in the City


A Teacher’s Preview event will be held on the first Saturday of the exhibition. The tour will be led by the President of the Academy, Denise Ferran. A free catalogue will be available for every teacher who attends.

Date and Time: Saturday 15th October, 11.45am – 12.45pm

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor




Schools groups of any age, led by their own teachers, can come along and enjoy the exhibition on Wednesdays and Fridays during Ulster Museum opening hours. It is useful for Academy staff to know when schools hope to arrive. Please email with a proposed date and time.



Primary schools and Post Primary schools for Key stage 3 can book a guided tour and workshop on any Tuesday or Thursday (between 10.15am and 2.15pm) from 8th November until 8th December. Tours and workshop sessions last 1 hr 15 mins. The workshops will be based on a stimulus taken from the exhibition. Tailored tours andworkshops for Special Schools are also available.

For further information and to book your place email



In addition to the above opportunities the Academy has organised a series of special events for schools as follows:

‘Imagine and Make’ – Primary Art Installation Event

Primary groups can book a guided tour and workshop during a creative ‘Imagine and Make’ event which runs on

18th / 20th / 21st / 25th October. In the workshops children will be invited to take part in creating a collaborative large scale art work in Discover Art.

‘Meet the Artist’ – Key stage 3, 4 or A Level

Pupils will be given a guided tour of the exhibition commencing at 10.15am followed by an opportunity to

‘Meet the Artist’. These sessions will include a demonstration and informal discussion about the artist’s work.

Tuesday 8th November: Barbara Allen ARUA – Watercolour

Tuesday 15th November: Marcus Patton VPRUA – Poster design

Tuesday 22nd November: Keith Wilson RUA – Drawing

Tuesday 29th November: Ros Harvey RUA – Pastel

Tuesday 6th December: Betty Brown ARUA – Assemblage sculpture

‘Start to Finish’ – A Level

‘Start to Finish’ will give AS and A2 pupils the opportunity to hear two professional artists talk about the origin and development of their ideas, view original studies of the artists’ work and ask questions. Students will be encouraged to share their own thoughts during the session.

These sessions will run on Thursdays from 11.00am – 12.15 on the following dates:

Thursday 17th November with Simon McWilliams RUA and Mark Shields RUA

Thursday 24th November with Marcus Patton RUA and Joanna Mules ARUA

Thursday 1st December Frances Ryan ARUA and Gary Devon RUA

If you would like information regarding other workshop possibilities or to book a ‘special event’ email





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