This week at the Academy’s Annual Exhibition

December 13, 2016

Wednesday 14th December


Eamonn Maillie remembers Basil Blackshaw RUA (1932–2016) in conversation with the artist’s friends – Brian Ferran HRUA, Neil Shawcross RUA, Jude Stephens and Graham Gingles RUA.

Time:1.00pm – 2.00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000


Basil Blackshaw RUA

Basil Blackshaw RUA (1932–2016), T.P. Flanagan


Schools Programme

December 08, 2016

Since the opening of our 135th Annual Exhibition over 1,100 pre–booked children and young people have taken part in our school’s programme at the Ulster Museum. This programme will soon be winding up with just a few sessions remaining. If you would like to join our mailing list for schools to keep abreast of other activities throughout the year please email


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  Ros Harvey RUA workshop



This week at the Academy’s Annual Exhibition

December 05, 2016

Wednesday 7th December


Rosie McGurran RUA: ‘Three Men on an Island’ – a tribute to James MacIntyre RUA (1926 – 2015)

In the spring of 1951 Belfast artist James MacIntyre received a letter from Gerard Dillon: would he like to join him for a month or so in Connemara? So began an unforgettable summer of painting with Gerard Dillon and fellow artist George Campbell on Inishlacken, a tiny island off the remote west of Ireland. Beautifully embellished with the work of all three men and warmed by MacIntyre’s gentle humour, Three Men on an Island uniquely illuminates not only the painter’s craft but also the sources of artistic inspiration.

Rosie McGurran recalls ‘I read a book and it changed my life’ when she was given the book in 1999 and since then she has made Roundstone and Inishlacken her spiritual home.

Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor 

Booking: Ulster Museum, or +44(0)28 9044 0000


James MacIntyre

Friday 9th December


Jack Pakenham RUA and Jim Manley RUA will discuss their work in these informal gallery sessions. 1.15pm & 1.30pm.

Booking: None required

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


Jack Pakenham & Jim Manley

Saturday 10th December


Complement your visit to the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition with an introductory tour by Julian Friers PPRUA @ 2.30pm.

A further guided exhibition tour in Spanish facilitated by Gerry Lenaghan will take place at 3.30pm on the same day.

Booking: None required

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


Julian Friers PPRUA


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