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Visual Arts

The RUA Annual Exhibition is one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions in the Northern Irish cultural calendar, providing a unique platform for acclaimed artists and emerging talent to showcase their artwork in the fabulous galleries at the Ulster Museum (now closed due to latest restrictions).  It is also a chance for the public to engage with a fully democratic, free admission exhibition.

View Exhibition Online

The exhibition contains approximately 250 examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video etc. This year there were almost 1,300 entries of which 190 were ultimately selected for inclusion. Some of the works reflect the times we are living in and allude to isolation, social distancing and surviving in Covid times.  Other works share deep messages with hope, humour, passion and integrity.

In its 139th year, the RUA has faced a grim challenge in the form of the Coronavirus pandemic. There were moments when it seemed like the exhibition might be cancelled but resilience and determination won.

The exhibition can be experienced online, bringing art to people wherever they are. View online on RUA website

The Royal Ulster Academy presents 12 Talks of Christmas (online) in December – check for updates on RUA facebook page

Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, the Ulster Museum will remain closed for a planned 6 week period from the 23 December.