Sugar Metropolis

October 30, 2013

Visitors to the Academy’s Annual Exhibition are invited to transform the landscape of over half a million sugar cubes into an imaginary, sparkling city of the future. This unique, collaborative sculpture installation begins with a meandering river of sugar, complemented by giant mountains of sugar cubes. You can source your cubes from the mountains, depleting the mounds as the imaginary city grows vertically. Inside, a trained sculptor is on hand to help you construct parts of the city and can demonstrate how best to build the cubes in a stable fashion. 

This giant collaborative project has been devised for the Royal Ulster Academy by international sculptor Brendan Jamison ARUA and is made possible through the support of Arts & Business NI, sponsor KPMG and Belfast City Council.

“This special project aims to celebrate the power of collaboration in art, unlocking the potential of thousands of minds working together in the realisation of an artwork beyond any one person’s singular vision.”

Brendan Jamison ARUA

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