Posted: 01/02/2019

ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY 137th Members EXHIBITION comes to Fermanagh

The Royal Ulster Academy (RUA) is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland and its Annual Exhibition is one of the highlights of the Northern Ireland arts calendar.  The Exhibition showcases work from emerging and established artists from all over the world alongside work by RUA Academicians and Associate Members. Including well known artists including those from Fermanagh Denise Ferran PPRUA  ,Mavis Thomson RUA , Anthony Scott ARUA . Now in its 137th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary painting, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation. 

This year, as a follow up to the Annual exhibition we are taking RUA on the Road with a unique exhibition comprising work by up to 50 RUA Members, this is an unprecedented opportunity to see the work of some of the highly acclaimed artists exhibit beyond Belfast First stop is Fermanagh where this  prestigious collection of works will be exhibited in Waterways Ireland Head quarters ,Exhibition Centre in Enniskillen. The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 2nd February open to the public from 2pm to 5pm with launch at 3pm by Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and colleagues from ACNI and  President of The  RUA Betty Brown  and John Boyle Director of Business Development Waterways Ireland. The exhibition  runs until Saturday 2nd March, 2019.All welcome admission free. 

“We are delighted to take The Royal Ulster Academy exhibition beyond Belfast and celebrate the work of our RUA  membership.Looking forward to encouraging audiences young and old to engage and participate with an excellent exhibition “Betty Brown President RUA and Artist.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “The annual RUA exhibition is always something to look forward to , presenting works from some of the most exciting names in visual arts in Northern Ireland as well as further afield. The On " RUA on the  Road "exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who hasn’t experienced the RUA before to come along and see the artworks, and even hear directly about the pieces on show from some of the artists themselves.”

Featuring approx.  71 exhibits by over 50 artists from across the Island of Ireland including Fermanagh this is indeed a huge coup not just Fermanagh but the region. Featuring work of Betty Brown,  Brian Ballard, Dermot Delargy ,Denise and Brian Ferran. But  also  for artists,  Art enthusiasts and Arts educators as well as members of the public.  During the Exhibition run there will be a number of associated masterclasses ,Tours and talks to inform, enthuse and inspire by participating  RUA  artists and Academicians. 

Check the RUA Website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on workshops, talks and events that complement the exhibition. 

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Ulster Museum, Tom Caldwell Installations  and in partnership with Waterways Ireland and Fermanagh Live Arts Festival Volunteers.

“Waterways Ireland is delighted to host the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition in our headquarters building.  This is a fantastic opportunity for all to experience works of art and the associated classes, talks and workshops at a location outside of Belfast.  We have no doubt that such an exhibition in Enniskillen will open up the arts to new audiences and will provide a very important showcase for the public at large, students, and those who have an already profound interest.   We thank the Royal Ulster Academy,KPMG, The Arts Council NI. The Ulster Museum,  Tom Caldwell Installations, NOVAC and Fermanagh Live Arts Festival  endorsement  and Volunteer support  for this opportunity, and would encourage as many people, and groups, as possible to take advantage of this excellent exhibition". (John Boyle, Director of Business Development, Waterways Ireland).

“We are delighted support such a prestigious collection of Visual Art  by renowned Ulster Academicians and build upon our ongoing partnership with The Royal Ulster Academy, Waterways Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, F Live Arts Festival   and exhibiting Artists ,attracting new audiences, support Masterclasses and workshops ,talks and tours, and build upon the ongoing opportunities to support access to  culture, creativity and the arts on and along the Waterways and the Island town of Enniskillen, and local region". (Noelle Mc Alinden Chair of F Live Arts Festival and Chair of Education Committee Royal Ulster Academy RUA.)

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