Artist Spotlight
Two exhibiting artists will speak about their respective work at 1.15 and 1.25. Talks will take place in the exhibition galleries, in front of the artist’s work.

1.15pm – Sharon Kelly RUA
Sharon Kelly was born in Wiltshire, England in 1960, moving to Belfast in 1983.
She received her BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1986 and MFA in 1989 from the University of Ulster. Her work incorporates drawing, sound and video and has been exhibited widely throughout Ireland, England and internationally (both solo and group exhibitions). Collections include the Print Archive, University of Colorado, USA; Mid America Print Council, Ohio, USA; The Ballinglen Archive, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co Mayo and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

1.25pm – Jennifer Trouton ARUA
Jennifer Trouton is a visual artist currently based in Queen Street Studios, Belfast. Her work has featured in group exhibitions nationally and internationally since graduating form the University of Ulster in the mid nineties. These include ‘Resolutions’ at The Katzen Gallery, Washington DC, Naciente❠at the The Guayasamin Gallery, Cuba and ‘Through our eyes’ at the Drawing Centre, New York. Solo exhibitions include the 18th Street Gallery, Los Angeles, Spectrum Gallery London, The Ashford Gallery, Dublin and The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast. Her work has received continued support from the Arts Council including a funded residency at the Banff Centre of Arts in Banff Canada.
 Previous awards include a 3 month residency at the 18th Street Art Complex in Santa Monica USA and a Golden Fleece Award hosted by the Liliias Mitchell Foundation.

Booking: Not required
Location: Gallery 6 & 7 (5th floor)

Sharon Kelly – Gutties, Jennifer Trouton – What Remains, No. 26


Kim Mawhinney in conversation with Róisín de Buitlear, 1–2pm
Kim Mawhinney was appointed Head of Art in 2009 at the National Museums Northern Ireland. She was Curator of Applied Art at the Ulster Museum for 15 years with responsibility for the glass, ceramic and furniture collections. Kim was a member of the Project Board for the redevelopment of the Ulster Museum, which reopened in October 2009. She currently sits on the main Board for the Art and Architecture Ireland, a cross–border major research publication and on the Board of Craft NI. Throughout her career she has curated, juried and selected a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She has also lectured and written about glass and ceramics, the history and development of museums and the accessibility of art collections.

Róisín de Buitléar is a visual artist and alumna of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin where she taught for twenty years. She has completed many site–specific installations of blown, cast and architectural work, drawing her inspiration from her cultural heritage. Her artworks are represented in national collections in Ireland, Britain, Japan, China and USA. She is also the outgoing chairperson of the Golden Fleece advisory committee and the cofounder of the Glass Society of Ireland Contemporary Makers. In 2011 the Irish Postal Service featured her work “Catch a breath’ on a national stamp in recognition of her achievements to commemorate The National Year of Craft. She represented Ireland in the European Glass Biennale in Denmark in 2012 and currently has a major exhibition at the Museum of Glass (USA) entitled ‘CAUTION! Fragile’, in collaboration with master glassmakers from Waterford Ireland.

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

Sharon Jennifer


Wider access tour for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors, 5–6.30pm
An introductory tour of the Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition with exhibiting artist, Majella Clancy. All blue–badge parking will be reserved for this event.
Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000
Location: meet in the Ulster Museum foyer @ 16.45.
Maximum no. of participants: 10

Call for Entries for the
140th RUA Annual Exhibition

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