Artist Spotlight
Two members of the Academy will discuss their exhibition works at the Ulster Museum. Talks take place in front of the artist’s work (5th Floor, Gallery 6 & 7) and will last approximately 10 minutes. Questions from the public are welcome. No booking required.

Mark was born in 1963 and studied at the University of Ulster where he completed a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art and Design. He is represented by the Grosvenor Gallery, London and currently lives and works near Belfast. Mark has exhibited widely including venues such as the Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the National Gallery of Ireland. His paintings have also featured in international events such as the Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art, Galerie Brusberg in Berlin, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town and the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland.

A practising sculptor since the 1960s Sloan studied at the Belfast College of Art [1959–63] and the Central Schools of Art and Crafts, London [1963–64]. His work can be seen in many public collections including the Arts Councils of Ireland and N. Ireland, Ulster Museum, Queen’s University Belfast, Laganside Corporation, N. Ireland Housing Executive, N.I. Tourist Board and the George Cross Memorial Garden.


Guided Tour for Over 65’s
An introductory tour of the Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition at 11am with Emma Berkery, followed by tea, coffee and conversation in the museum cafe. Free large–print list of works provided, folding chairs available on request. Event finishes at 12.30pm.

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 90440000
Location: Meet in the Ulster Museum foyer
Professor Liam Kelly in conversation with Neil Shawcross RUA, 1–2pm

Liam Kelly is Professor of Irish Visual Culture at the University of Ulster with a specialist interest in modernist and contemporary Irish fine art. He has published widely on contemporary fine art practice. He currently teaches the history and theory of late 19th and 20th century western art and design, having a particular interest in international contemporary art, architecture and design. As a former Director of the Orchard Gallery, Derry he has extensive experience of curating Irish and international art at home and abroad as well as curating site–specific public art projects.

Neil Shawcross was born in Lancashire, England in 1940 and trained at both Bolton and Lancaster Colleges of Art before moving to Northern Ireland in 1962. .He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland for more than thirty years in various galleries including the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast; Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin; Fenton Gallery, Cork and the Sligo Art Gallery. Neil has also exhibited internationally in London, Hong Kong and the U.S.A and was Professor of Painting at the College of Art in Belfast until his retirement in 2004. He now devotes his time to painting full–time and his work is dominated by portraiture and still life.

His election to the Royal Ulster Academy came in 1977 since which time he has been awarded numerous Gold Medals at the Academy’s Annual Exhibitions. He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and his work is represented in many private and corporate collections, including the Ulster Museum, Ulster Television, AIB, Aer Rianta, the OPW and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000
Location: Lecture Theatre (ground floor)

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Left to right:
Mark Shields RUA – With the Eye of Faith, Bob Sloan RUA – Head of Man with Tattoo and Neil Shawcross – Nineteen Eighteen Four

Call for Entries for the
140th RUA Annual Exhibition

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