Royal Ulster Academy exhibition calling for entries

The annual showcase of visual arts in Northern Ireland is open for submissions for its 137th instalment, opening at the Ulster Museum in October

One of the most notable events in the Northern Ireland arts calendar is back on our radar once more, as the Royal Ulster Academy calls for entries to its 137th annual exhibition.

Running from October 19 to January 6 2019 at the Ulster Museum, the exhibition is open to submissions from emerging and established artists in any discipline across the visual arts spectrum.

Every year the Royal Ulster Academy brings together some of the most exciting and exceptional art being produced in Northern Ireland, with hundreds of works by its members, invited artists and those selected from entries assembled into an eclectic showcase. There is also a series of workshops and talks spotlighting individual artists programmed throughout the exhibition's run.

Over £7,000 in prize money will be awarded to featured artists of merit, with painter and adjudicator James Hanley selecting the Academy's gold, silver and bronze medal winners, while the remaining prizes awarded by sponsors. Elizabeth Magill's oil painting 'Goat Song' received the gold medal prize for 2017.

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Elizabeth Magill RUA. 'Goat Song'. Oil on canvas. 26 × 30.

Artists have until midnight on Sunday, July 8 to submit entries online at www.royalulsteracademy.org. Three works at most can be submitted, and a maximum of two per artist can be shortlisted for the Academy to make its final selection for the exhibition.

The event will again this year be sponsored by Belfast accountancy firm KPMG.

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