Activities & Events for Schools Tours Masterclasses Artist Spotlight Film Screenings & Illustrated Talks


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.



More information to follow.

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:

Meet the Artist’ Key stage 3, 4 or A Level 

Students will be given a 45min guided tour, focusing on those works in the same medium as used by the artist. These sessions, which will last about an hour, will include a demonstration and an informal discussion about the artist’s work.  

Tuesday, 23rd October: Sarah Longley ARUA – ‘Expressive Drawing with Charcoal’

Tuesday, 6th November: Neal Greig ARUA – ‘Landscape with Oils’   

Tuesday, 13th November: Denise Ferran PPRUA – ‘Painting Seas and Skies’ in Acrylic

Tuesday, 20th November: Paul Walls RUA – ‘The Thick Painter’ – Acrylic

Tuesday, 27th November: Philip McFadden ‘Modelling Heads’ casting from life

Tuesday, 4th December:  Barbara Allen RUA – ‘More Water Please’ – Watercolour

Sources & Inspirations‘ – A Level

‘Sources & Inspirations’ will give AS and A2 pupils the opportunity to hear professional artists 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 (Ulster Museum)

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

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

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

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

29th November: Chris Wilson ARUA – ‘Landscape Lines’

6th December: Tony Hill ARUA – ‘Ideas and Processes’


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