Royal Ulster Academy – Belfast 2023

Delighted to be selected for the 124th RUA Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. I’m sure the work and dedication of all involved is huge. From selecting the works from over 2000 submissions, shortlisting down to 400 and then the final selection of 200ish. I am very grateful to be in the final selection. There are times I haven’t been selected, and I don’t pretend it doesn’t feel shite. But one must dust oneself off and rev up the engine and remember why I pick up a paintbrush or squish my hands in clay.

So big congratulations to all who are on the walls and equal congratulations to everyone who steps into their studio space, attic, kitchen table, and creates.

Big thanks also for all the hard work behind the scenes of all these shows from the curator, hanging, catalogue design, front of house, the managing of the gallery, and the staff-artist interaction, which I have to say in the RUA, this connection is wonderful. You are always made feel like you are a vital part of the show! Major thanks to Mary, Ruth, Julia and all the team, for always giving that wonderful Belfast welcome. @jameshoransculpture @katebeaganartist @alandoolan1

Show runs until January 2nd 2024, so go see, go support, go buy, go be inspired. So many wonderful works.


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