New workshops for Sept–Dec – sign up now!

September 09, 2013

The Academy’s education programme for Sept – Dec 2013 includes drawing, painting and mixed media classes. Workshops will be led by members of the Academy and will take place on the 9th Floor of Riverhouse, 48 High St, Belfast. To view our full list of educational activities and to download a booking form click here.

2013 Annual Exhibition Adjudicator

September 01, 2013

Dr Paul Gough has been invited to act as Adjudicator for the Royal Ulster Academy’s 132nd Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum (18 October 2013 – 5 January 2014).

Dr Paul Gough is RWA Professor of Fine Arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol where he is the Deputy Vice–Chancellor (Academic). A broadcaster, painter and writer, he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, and is represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, London; the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, and the New Zealand War Memorial. He has published in a wide range of topics, including the processes and iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields, and the representation of peace and conflict in the 20th/21st century. Amongst his recent books is a monograph on the British artist Stanley Spencer, Journey to Burghclere (2006) and A Terrible Beauty (2010) an extensive study of British art of the Great War. During ten years work as television presenter, researcher and associate producer he worked for UK’s ITV, BBC and C4 on a range of creative arts programmes from dance to drama, poetry to painting, including the award winning documentary Redundant Warrior, about the war photographer, Don McCullin. As part of his leadership role in higher education he has worked throughout UK, Australia and New Zealand, advising on the formal assessment of university research.

He has a particular interest in the graphic language used to describe places of conflict, and has carried out extensive research into the history of military sketching and panoramic drawing, whereby graphic and cartographic conventions and line drawing have been used (and indeed still continue to be used) for sniping, surveillance and target indication on the battlefield. See for example his blog:

He has also researched the role of regimental painters in recording the appearance of battle, concentrating in particular on issues of exactitude and authenticity. His essay on the British painter David Rowlands is available on: and on his Vortex website:

Paul Gough’s research is based on several decades of drawing en plein air and also having been commissioned for a number of multi–national companies to produced visual records of places, events and incidents, including a number of commissions with the British army and Royal Marines, and drawings of former battlegrounds: see

14 prizes will be awarded to exhibiting artists of merit by Dr Gough at the official opening of the exhibition and including include theYoung Artist Prize, Portrait Prize, Paul Henry Landscape Prize and the RUA President’s Prize for a full–time student.

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