Annual Exhibition Exhibiting Artist by Year Prizes RUA Videos Exhibition


Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of the founding principles of the Academy was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 136th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Ireland arts calendar attracting over 85,000 visitors in 2016. 

This year’s Annual Exhibition will be held at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 6th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 and will once again be sponsored generously by KPMG, the leading Accounting and Professional Advisory Firm. The exhibition will showcase original works across the disciplines of the visual arts by emerging and established artists.

Over £7,000 in prize money will be awarded to exhibiting artists of merit. Independent adjudicator Arthur Watson PRSA, will select recipients of the Academy’s gold, silver and bronze medal prizes. All other prizes will be awarded by the prize sponsors.


Submission to the Academy’s 136th Annual Exhibition will include an online short–listing process. Artists will be able to enter a maximum of 3 works in any medium from 20th April 2017 with a submission deadline on Wednesday 14th June.  

From these entries the 2017 Selection Panel will draw up a shortlist of works for delivery to the Academy. The Royal Ulster Academy’s 136th Annual Exhibition will be selected from these shortlisted works. 


Exhibition 1

Exhibition 2 


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