It has been a busy month for a number of our Academy members:
An exhibition of work by Margaret Arthur RUA entitled ‘Encaustic Monoprints’ opened at the Engine Room Clarence Street Gallery on Thursday 4th February. This exhibition continues until 27th February. Margaret’s work incorporates mono–printing and etching techniques with Japanese and Chinese paper layered on top (using a process called chine collé). She has also combined beeswax with her prints to essentially produce encaustic paintings. The use of encaustic goes back to Greek and Roman times and gives a luminous and permanent quality to the painted or printed surface.

After nearly seven months at the Ulster Museum Belfast, Silent Testimony by Colin Davidson PPRUA, travelled to the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Featuring large–scale portraits, the exhibition reflects on the personal experiences of eighteen individuals, each of whom has suffered loss through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. This exhibition continues until the 6th March. For further details visit: www.centreculturelirlandais.com

An article by Jennifer Trouton RUA is featured in the January–February issue of The Visual Artist’s News Sheet. In this article Jennifer discusses the process behind her work ‘The Ties that Bind’, which was shown at the Academy’s 134th Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum (16th October 2015 – 3rd January 2016). Click HERE to read the full article.

‘Dwelling Place’, an exhibition by Chris Wilson ARUA is currently on show at the Oriel Gallery in Clotworthy House (Antrim Castle Gardens, Randallstown Road, Antrim) and continues until 5th March. The Oriel Gallery is open 7 days a week – 9 – 5pm, with late opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9pm. The works on exhibition explore the topography of maps, showing the relationship between man’s influence on the landscape and the natural forms of the environment.