The Academy Our History Members Member Elections Diploma Collection

The Royal Ulster Academy has, essentially, four categories of membership – Academician (RUA), Senior Academician ((s)RUA), Associate Academician (ARUA) and Honorary Member (HRUA). Membership is attained by invitation only and by admission to one of two categories; Associate Academician or Honorary Member.

Associate Academicians are invited to join owing to the excellence of their work as visual artists. There are thirty Associate Academicians. There are stringent criteria for the admission of any new Associate including professional status, exhibition of work at the Academy’s annual show, international standing and critical acclaim.

Honorary Members are invited to join owing to their contribution to artistic and cultural life. They are not usually visual artists and have no voting rights. There is no upper limit to the number of members in this group.

There are thirty Academicians (a number that is decreed in the constitution) elected from the group of Associate Academicians. An Academician becomes a Senior Academician following their seventy fifth birthday. There is no upper limit to the number of members in the Senior Academician category.

All changes within the membership are overseen by the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee maintains a comprehensive and current list of prospective new members to both categories which is compiled from nominations by the existing members.

The admission of new members is by election at a General Meeting only where all members of the Academic Body (RUAs, (s)RUAs and ARUAs) are entitled to vote. The elevation of Associate Academicians to Academicians is by election at a General Meeting where Academicians only (RUAs and (s)RUAs) are entitled to vote.

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