WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

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

1:15PM BRENDAN JAMISON ARUA
Brendan Jamison is exhibiting two carved sugar cube sculptures at the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The first is a representation of ‘The Ulster Tower’, located in Thiepval, France – the tower was built as a memorial to the soldiers of the 36th (Ulster) Division who died during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The second sculpture is of Sir Henry Tate’s Mausoleum, located in West Norwood Cemetery, South London.

Brendan attended the University of Ulster for six years gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Fine and Applied Arts in 2002, followed by a Master of Fine Art in 2004. Over the past ten years, his artworks have been exhibited worldwide with shows in France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Italy, America, Canada, New Zealand, India and China. Recent projects include ‘Sugar Metropolis’, New York, curated by Manon Slome at the new Sugar Hill Museum of Art and a TV commercial featuring a giant human–shaped city made from 221,314 cubes to highlight the dangers of sugary drinks in Los Angeles.

1:25PM BRIAN BALLARD RUA
Born in Belfast in 1943 and trained at the College of Art in Belfast and Liverpool, Brian balances his time in Belfast with that at his retreat on the Donegal island of Inishfree.

His contemporary approach to painting alternates between figurative treatment of nudes, landscape and expressionistic still life, all of which he practices in equal measure and intensity. His work can be found in many collections including The Arts Council of Ireland, A.I.B., Crawford Municipal Gallery Cork, The Ulster Museum, The National Trust, Waterford Wedgewood PLC and Irish Rock Legends U2.

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FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER

OVER 65’S GUIDED TOUR
An introductory tour of the Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition with Emma Berkery followed by tea/coffee and conversation in the museum café. Free large–print list of works provided, folding chairs available on request.

Booking: Ulster Museum, www.nmni.com/um or +44(0)28 9044 0000
Location: Meet in the Ulster Museum foyer
Maximum no. of participants: 25