RUA President Supports #SaveCultureNI Campaign

Colin Davidson, president of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and portrait artist to the stars, labels Culture NI 'an increasingly vital and hugely supportive website'

Colin Davidson, president of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and portrait artist to the stars, has lent his support to the #SaveCultureNI campaign.

With the Arts Council of Northern Ireland having withdrawn 100% of Culture NI's core funding, the website is under imminent threat of closure. 

'Culture NI communicates the positivity and vibrance of the local art scene in a fluent and clear manner,' said Davidson.

'It connects in a way that does not patronise, but rather encourages people to experience all facets of the arts in a way that is fresh for them.

'It is a shock to hear that this increasingly vital and hugely supportive website is facing closure.'

Davidson is perhaps Northern Ireland's best-known living artist. His portraits of artists such as Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor and director Kenneth Branagh, musician Duke Special and playwright Brian Friel adorn the walls of Belfast's Lyric Theatre.

Davidson's work also regularly features in the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition, which for the past number of years has taken place in the Ulster MuseumCulture NI has routinely covered the RUA exhibition as a highlight of the cultural calendar, and in 2013 interviewed Davidson about some of the works on show. Watch that video below.