139th Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) is the largest and longest established body of practising visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles is to organise, promote or join in organising and promoting in any fashion an Annual Exhibition of work by both members and non–members.

Due to current Coronavirus / Covid–19 Restrictions restrictions the RUA cannot guarantee that an Exhibition will take place at the Ulster Museum in 2020. However, planning is still going ahead, keeping within Government guidelines, but on a reduced scale so that “Social Distancing” can be maintained in an open gallery space. If it is not possible to hold a physical exhibition this year, we are looking into the possibility of creating a virtual exhibition from members and non–members selected works.


Submission to the Academy’s 139th Annual Exhibition will again be facilitated by OESS. Please check the website for a link to the online submission process from 1st June 2020.

The deadline for submissions will be 4pm on Friday 31st July 2020.


Opening Times

The RUA office is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the moment. If you have an enquiry please email or ring us on +44 (0)28 90320819


Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
Alpha House
1 Rosemary Street


Tel: 028 9032 0819

Call for Entries for the
140th RUA Annual Exhibition

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