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A Teacher’s Preview event will be held on the first Saturday of the exhibition. The tour will be led by Betty Brown PRUA. A free catalogue will be available for every teacher who attends.


Date and Time: Saturday 20th October, 11.45am – 12.45pm

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor




School 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 (between 10.15am/11.15am) from 7th November until 5th December. Tours last 1 hr. Tailored tours 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:


Suitable for KEY STAGE 3, 4 OR A LEVEL – TUESDAYS 10.15 – 12.00

At 10.15 students will be given a guided tour, focusing on those works in the same medium, used by each artist, who they will meet immediately afterwards. These sessions, which will last about an hour, will include a demonstration and an informal discussion about the artist’s work. 


Tues, 23rd October                  Sarah Longley ARUA: ‘Expressive Drawing with Charcoal

Tues, 6th November                 Neal Greig ARUA: Landscape with Oils  

Tues, 13th November               Denise Ferran PPRUA: Painting Seas and Skies (Acrylic)

Tues, 20th November               Paul Walls RUA: The Thick Painter (Acrylic)

Tues, 27th November               Philip McFadden: Modelling Head (Casting from Life)

Tues, 4th December                 Barbara Allen RUA: More Water Please (Watercolour)




‘Sources & Inspirations’ will give AS and A2 pupils the opportunity to hear a professional artist 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 – 12.15pm on the following dates in the Lecture Theatre

Thurs, 25th October                       Hector McDonnell RUA – ‘The World Within’

Thurs, 1st November                      Tony Hill ARUA – ‘Ideas and Processes’

Thurs, 8th November                      Philip Mackey  – ‘Face to Face with Portraiture’

Thurs, 15th November                    Anushiya Sundaralingam ARUA – ‘Me and My Culture’

Thurs, 22nd November                    Joanna Mules VPRUA – ‘Stand Well Back’

Thurs,  29th November                    Chris Wilson ARUA – ‘Landscape Lines’


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