Schools Tours Workshops


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

Date and Time: Saturday 7th 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 can book a guided tour and workshop on any Tuesday or Thursday (10.15 or 11.15) from 7th November until 5th December. Tours and workshop sessions last 1 hr 15 mins. The workshops will be based on subject matter and ideas suggested by works in the exhibition. Tailored tours and workshops 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:

Meet the Artist’ Key stage 3, 4 or A Level – Tuesdays 10.15 – 12.00

At 10.15students will be given a 45min 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.

Tuesday 10th October       Barbara Allen RUA Watercolour

Tuesday 17th October       Sarah Longley ARUA Drawing in Charcoal

Tuesday 24th October       Eddie Rafferty ARUA Acrylic painting

Tuesday 7th November      Neal Greig Landscapes in oils

Tuesday 14th November    Peter Neill ARUA Photography

Tuesday 21st November    Mavis Thomson RUA Art from ‘found materials’


Sources & Inspirations‘ – A Level

‘Sources & Inspirations’ will give AS and A2 pupils the opportunity to hear one or two 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.

Thursday 19th October 

Brian Ballard RUA and Lisa Ballard ARUA

Thursday 26th October 

Helen Croft RUA discusses the process involved in making her textiles using batik and embroidery.

Thursday 2nd November 

Sophie Aghajanian RUA & Neisha Allen ARUA 

Thursday 9th November 

Architects drawing in Italy and Australia: Michael Doherty and Marcus Patton, RUA

Thursday 16th November 

Anya Waterworth and the influence of her father Basil Blackshaw (RUA) 1932–2016 on her painting.

Thursday 23rd November 

Chris Wilson ARUA and Charys Wilson

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