Schools Artists Talks Tours Workshops

The Royal Ulster Academy welcomes you to the 136th Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum and invites you to share with us, the many and varied events, tours, lectures and demonstrations, available free. There is also an exciting programme for schools, primary and secondary, facilitated by the multi skilled artist members of the Academy and Museum education staff. All are free with the exception of the master classes. We hope to meet you in the Ulster Museum at the RUA’s Annual with almost 400 works to inspire and excite. Dr Denise Ferran, PRUA.


11th October: Film, ‘A Multitude of Sins, Sir John Lavery (1856 – 1941): First President of the Royal Ulster Academy. Written, produced & directed by Moore Sinnerton. 50mins. Introduction by Denise Ferran.

18th October: The Government Art Collection, its origins, function and its rich store of Ulster artists, including members of the Royal Ulster Academy. Illustrated talk by Denise Ferran.

25th October: ‘Becoming a Painter: ‘Colin Middleton, RUA: 1939–1949’. Dickon Hall, Ph.D. research student gives an illustrated talk on this important period of the Belfast artist’s life.

1st November: Film ‘Gerard Dillon: Painter & Decorator’ (1916 – 1971) featuring the late James McIntyre on Inishlacken. Written, produced, directed & introduced by Moore Sinnerton. 50mins

8th November: ‘Their Spirits’ Shadow: Poetry of the Great War.‘ In each of his eleven poetry collections Michael Longley has written about the Great War and, in particular, his father’s experience of it as a boy–soldier. He shall be reading and talking about those poems as well as work by some of the combatants.’

15th November: Film, ‘Like a Good Workman’ Belfast Craftsman Painter John Luke, RUA. Written, produced, directed & introduced by Moore Sinnerton. 35mins.

22nd November: Film, ‘F.E.McWilliam, sculptor’ (1909 – 1992) Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 50mins, introductory talk by Jason Diamond, Curator, F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio.

29th November: Printmaker, Penny Brewill, discusses the technique and subject matter of printmakers in this year’s RUA exhibition.

6th December: The History & Theory of New Media: A contextual look at new media works in this year’s 136th Annual Exhibition, Dr Angela Halliday, DAS.

13th December: Film, ‘Sunshine in a Room‘ Watercolourist Tom Carr, RUA (1909 – 1999) Written, produced & directed by Moore Sinnerton, 40mins. Introduction by Eamonn Maillie.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor.

Booking: Ulster Museum or + 44(0)2890440000



On Friday afternoons two artists will hold short informal gallery discussions in front of their work.

The dates and participating artists are:

13th October Grainne Cuffe & Ivor Coburn

20th October Betty Brown & Willie Herron

27th October Simon McWilliams & Jeffrey Morgan

3rd November Philip Mackey & Comhghall Casey

10th November Kyle Barnes & Stephen Johnston

17th November Dermot Seymour & Rosie McGurran

24th November Colin McGookin & Hamish Moyle

1st December Gavin Lavelle & Laurence O’Toole

8th December Joanna Mules & Joe Dunne

Time: 1.15 and 1.30pm

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor

Booking: Artist Spotlight sessions are drop–in events and do not have to be booked.





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