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Royal Ulster Academy’s art exhibition is a real variety show

Girl Sitting by Cristina Brunello
Girl Sitting by Cristina Brunello
The Big Sky by Amelia Stein
Gutties by Sharon Kelly
Bull On Beach by Sabine Weissbach
Cloud by Colin Davidson
Summer Light Falls by Carol Graham
Afternoon by Hamish Moyles

By Joanne Sweeney

The haunting eyes of a young girl, wild flowers in the afternoon and a scuffed pair of gutties — these are just some of the pieces from 131 artists featured in this year’s Royal Ulster Academy exhibition at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

The annual exhibition has delivered even more works than in 2013, with 60 of the artists based in Northern Ireland and 56 from the Republic.

More than 300 pieces in painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and film will be on show between now and January 4, 2015 in this free public showcase.

Exhibiting artists include Cristina Bunello, Simon Burch, Colin Davidson, Brendan Jamison, Oliver Jeffers, Sharon Kelly, Elizabeth Magill, Hughie O’Donoghue, Paul Seawright, Dermot Seymour, Neil Shawcross and Amelia Stein.

Six of the exhibiting artists are international, coming from Germany, Latvia, Croatia, France, Spain and the US.

While many well-known artists from the UK and beyond will be featured, local young talent is also exhibited.

Nineteen of the selected participants are students, along with 13 invited graduates from the Belfast School of Art.

Again this year, 12 video works were submitted.

 Among those selected were works by Jiann Hughes, Conan McIvor and Anne Quail, who are all Belfast-based.

Angela Halliday will also be  showing a video work, along with invited artist Belen Paton from Spain.

Many of the works on display are for sale, and there will be a range of activities at the exhibition to suit all ages including tours, lectures and hands-on creative workshops.

Further details available at www.royalulsteracademy.org and www.nmni.com/um.

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