A series of free, drop-in events, suitable for ages 15+

30 October: On curating the ephemeral: Peter Richards ARUA in conversation with Anna Liesching and Clare Gormley.

Peter Richards is an artist and curator based in Belfast and is Director and curator of Golden Thread Gallery.  He works in a range of media including forms of photography, installation and performance. His works can be seen as artistic enquiries into subjects, such as: how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to; how we have the capacity to suspend belief in order to continue believing in chosen truths. Richards often engages with interactions between re-presentation, time and referencing.

Anna Liesching is Curator of Art at National Museums NI and Clare Gormley is Assistant Curator at the MAC.

6 November: Behind the Scenes at the RUA

Behind the Scenes at the RUA is a documentary filmed by NVTV in 2017 with Mo McDevitt.  This film charts the progress of making 400 plus works into a coherent and thought provoking exhibition

13 November: Anne Acheson: the art of medicine: a BBC documentary film directed by Laura Doherty and introduced by David Weir.

Anne Crawford Acheson (5 August 1882 – 13 March 1962) was a British-Irish sculptor. She was educated at Victoria College, Belfast, Belfast School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London and studied sculpture under Édouard Lantéri and exhibited at the Royal Academy and internationally. She was awarded the CBE in 1919.

During the First World War she worked for the Surgical Requisites Association at Mulberry Walk in Chelsea, London. Acheson and Elinor Hallé invented plaster casts for soldier's broken limbs and she received the Gleichen Memorial Award in 1938.

20 November: Let’s talk about ‘Funding in the Arts’.

Let’s talk about ‘Funding in the Arts’ a panel discussion with major funders including KPMG, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts & Business.

27 November: Dr. Denise Ferran Lecture on Robert Taylor Carson.

Dr Denise Ferran delivers a lecture on the life and work of Robert Taylor Carson.

Robert Taylor Carson (1919-2008) was an Irish painter who worked in an impressionistic style. His subject matters include figures, portraits and landscapes, and he is known to have worked in oils, watercolours and pastels. Carson was made a member of the Royal Ulster Academy (1975) and the Ulster Water Colour Society (1983), exhibiting regularly throughout Ireland, America and Europe. His work is held in various notable collections, including The National Self Portrait Collection and the University of Limerick.

Dr Denise Ferran is an acclaimed Irish artist, known primarily for her land and seascape paintings. She was President of the RUA from 2015 to 2018. Born in 1942 and raised in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ferran was educated as an art teacher at St Mary’s University, Belfast before going on to become Head of the Art Department at St Dominic’s High School, Belfast and Head of Education at the Ulster Museum. She has been presented with several awards including the Ulster Academy Silver medal, the Ulster Academy Watercolour Prize, the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Travel Award and has twice been presented with the coveted Fullbright Scholarship at Boston College and at the University of Minnesota.  She is the co-author of An Irish Painter Abroad and The Sculptor: F.E. McWilliam. She also serves on the Board of Ireland USA as the co-chair of the Culture Committee. Other notable accomplishments include her acting as advisor in the reconstruction of the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and the F.E McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, along with curating the opening exhibitions (2006, 2008).

4 December: Lecture on the work of David Crone by art historian, Marianne O’Kane Boal.

David Crone was born in Belfast, 1937 and was educated at the Belfast College of Art. He started off by studying sculpture then turned to painting and has never looked back.

Crone is viewed as one of Northern Ireland's most important artists today, having had many solo exhibitions in places such as the Tom Caldwell Gallery, the Northern Ireland Arts Council and the Hendricks and Kerlin Galleries in Dublin.

Image: © David Crone