59 North Street, Belfast BT1 1NB

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. Through a series of education and exhibition events, which take place throughout the year, the organisation aims to celebrate, enrich and expand contemporary approaches to the visual arts.

Phone: + 44 (0) 28 90320819

Email: info@royalulsteracademy.org

Facebook: facebook.com/RoyalUlsterAcademy


The Ulster museum is situated in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, right in the heart of the University Area of South Belfast (BT9 5AB). Botanic Train Station is only 10 minutes’ walk from the museum (Bangor to Portadown rail line). Buses depart from Belfast city centre, Donegall Square East every 10 minutes (Metro 8 Malone Road)

Phone: 0845 608 0000 (reception), +44 (0) 28 9044 0000 (event booking)

Email: ulstermuseumreception@nmni.com

Website: nmni.com/um

Facebook: facebook.com/ulstermuseumbelfast


Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, 18th October 2019 – 6th January 2020. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Please note that the Ulster Museum is closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December. Admittance to the exhibition and participation in the Academy’s events programme is free of charge (excepting Masterclasses).


Activities for Schools must be booked through the Royal Ulster Academy schools@royalulsteracademy.org or + 44 (0) 28 9032 0819. All other events should be booked through the Ulster Museum unless stated otherwise, preferably (but not exclusively) online – www.nmni.com/um


Materials for schools/children’s workshops will be provided free of charge. Participants who sign up for Masterclasses will be issued with a materials list via email on completion of their booking.


PRUA – President, VPRUA – Vice President, PPRUA – Past President, RUA – Academician, ARUA – Associate Academician, HRUA – Honorary Academician/Honorary Member

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