Office closed over Christmas & New Year

December 16, 2014

The Royal Ulster Academy’s office will be closed from Monday 22nd December 2014 until Monday 12th January 2015 to facilitate the Christmas holidays and the take down of our Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum.

The exhibition will close on Sunday 4th January at 5pm, last admission at 4.30pm.

Collection of artwork after the Annual Exhibition closes

December 16, 2014

Unsold and sold work can be collected from the Royal Ulster Academy on Sunday 18th January 2015. Collection will be staggered by artist’s surname as follows

A–D: 11.00am – 12.00pm
E–K: 12.00pm – 1.00pm
L–Q: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
R–Z: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

While the main entrance to River House is on 48 High St, for collection of artwork we will be using the back entrance to the building on Waring Street only. To gain access you will need to go through the building car park – the entrance to the car park is directly across the road from the Premier Inn Hotel. We will have signage in place so you will know you are at the right location. Car parking will be available for the purpose of collection only.

By Courier
Work can be collected by courier from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd January. The office will be open from 10am and 4pm, Monday to Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Friday. On these dates all couriers will need to use the main entrance to River House (48 High St, Belfast, BT1 2 BE). Please notify the office in advance of collection so that we can have your work ready.


Car park map  

The People’s Choice

December 13, 2014

Visitors to Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition have been invited to vote for their favourite piece in the show. The votes are now in and we are delighted to announce that Kyle Barnes painting ‘Stephen’ is this year’s People’s Choice.

From Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Kyle graduated from the Belfast School of Art in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Since then he has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition, exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chicester and most recently he has been awarded the KPMG Young Artist Award at the Academy’s Annual Exhibition.

Kyle is inspired by people’s perception of, and their interaction with each other through visual identity. The combination of expression, eye contact, concealment, colour and texture makes for a varied involvement with each of his works.

Congratulations Kyle!


Kyle Barnes

Kyle Barnes, Stephen, Oil on canvas, 127 × 97 cm


Exhibition Events, 9th December – 4th January

December 08, 2014



Complement your visit to the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition with an introductory guided tour by Anna Liesching this Saturday at 2.30pm.

Anna is assistant curator in the art department of the Ulster Museum, most recently working on the Art of the Troubles, including producing the artist films, talks and events that accompanied the exhibition. Many of these artists are featured in the Academy’s Annual Exhibition (link to the films: Anna is currently working on incorporating the recently gifted Arts Council of Northern Ireland works into the Ulster Museum collection. For her talk on Saturday she plans to focus on the more architecturally sculptural pieces in the exhibition and the artists who produced them.

A further guided exhibition tour in Spanish facilitated by Gerry Lenaghan will take place at 4pm on the same day.

Booking: None required

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor, Ulster Museum




Two members of the Academy will discuss their exhibition works at the Ulster Museum. Talks take place in front of the artist’s work and will last approximately 10 minutes.


Rita Duffy RUA and Angela Halliday ARUA

l–r: Rita Duffy RUA – Beneath the Copper Beech Tree and Angela Halliday ARUA – Capall


Rita Duffy received a B.A. and M.A. in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast. Her art is often autobiographical, including themes and images of Irish identity, history and politics. She has initiated several major collaborative art projects and was made an Honorary Member of the R.S.U.A. for her developmental work within the built environment. She is an associate at the Goldsmiths College, London and worked on an artistic exchange between Argentina and Northern Ireland, looking at the role art has in post conflict societies. Recent projects include The Shirt Factory Project during the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture and the launch of The Thaw Factory Book in October of this year. Duffy’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Ulster Museum; Arts Council NI; Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; Royal Victoria Hospitals, Belfast; Queens University, Belfast; The Drawing Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.


Angela Halliday completed a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts in 2002 and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts with distinction in 2005 from the University of Ulster. She completed a practice–based PhD in 2011, producing a body of work including the video installations Helen (the library was my great project) and 1859. Her doctoral thesis was titled Video Narratives and The Construction of the Female Subject. Angela’s work has been shown nationally and internationally. The video work Helen (the library was my great project), a single channel video installation, was acquired by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their collection in 2010. Recent work exhibited includes Capall in the group exhibition Presently at The Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (7 February – 29 March 2014) and Topographies: Smithfield, Belfast at the Royal Ulster Academy 132nd Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast. Since 2011, Angela has also been the Manager of the Digital Arts Studios in Belfast.

Booking: None required

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor, Ulster Museum




Complement your visit to the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition with an introductory guided tour by Amanda Croft MA ADE, specialist in twentieth century and contemporary Irish Art, on Saturday 3rd January at 2.30pm.

Booking: None required

Location: Gallery 6 & 7, 5th Floor, Ulster Museum



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