Exhibition Review in the Sunday Times

October 28, 2014

The Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition was reviewed by John P O Sullivan on Sunday 26th October.

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Exhibition Events – 28th Oct – 2nd Nov

October 27, 2014



Compliment your visit to the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition this Saturday with an introductory guided tour by Amanda Croft MA ADE. The tour commences at 2.30pm and will last approximately 40 minutes.

Amanda Croft is a specialist in twentieth century and contemporary Irish art.


Exhibition Events – 21st – 26th October

October 21, 2014



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.

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.

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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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


133rd Annual Exhibition now open!

October 20, 2014

The opening of the Academy’s Annual exhibition, at the Ulster Museum, took place on Thursday 16th October.  Despite torrential rain, the exhibition was very well attended and there was a buzz of excitement when the award winners were announced (to view the winning works click here).

Crowd 3 Crowd 2 Jon D'Arcy, KPMG Angela HAlliday ARUA and Colin Davidson PRUA Peter Neill ARUA and Colin Davidson PRUA Brain Delaney, Catherine Creaney and Colin Davidson PRUA

’The Hang’ is underway

October 11, 2014

The Royal Ulster Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition is currently being installed at the Ulster Museum. Six days to go!


The Hang 1


The Hang 2


The Hang 3


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