Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) is the largest and longest established body of practising visual artists in Northern Ireland. 

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.  It is also a chance for the public to engage with a fully democratic, free admission exhibition.

The exhibition contains approximately 250 examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video etc. Some of the works reflect the times we are living in and allude to isolation, social distancing and surviving in these strange times.  Other works share deep messages with hope, humour, passion and integrity.

In its 140th year, the annual exhibition from the RUA once again combines the physical exhibition with a virtual exhibition created by Paul Marshall of Marshall Media.  The virtual exhibition uses cutting edge technology that will bring art to the people wherever they are.

Image details: Mateusz, Ciaran Gallagher, Acrylic on Canvas 120cm x 100cm
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