Royal Ulster Academy of Arts

Exhibition Details

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
138th Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 138th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Irish arts calendar. The 138th Annual Exhibition will run at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020. The Royal Ulster Academy welcomes submissions from emerging and established artists across the disciplines of the visual arts. Initial Submissions should be made online. Image credit - Jennifer Trouton

Entry Deadline: 05 July 2019 4pm

Key Dates

Open For Entry: 1 May 2019.
Entry Deadline: 4pm, 5 July 2019.

Pre-Selection Notification: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Delivery of Shortlisted Artworks: Sunday 4 August 2019

Private View: 17 October 2019, 7pm to 9pm.
Exhibition Open To Public: 18 October 2019 to 5 January 2020, 10am to 5pm.


Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: £18.00
Up to 2 artworks: £35.00
Up to 3 artworks: £50.00

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The 138th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) Annual Exhibition will be held at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast and will be open to the public from 18th October 2019 until 5th January 2020. 

Submissions of work are invited from visual artists working in any medium. Anyone over the age of 18 can submit work.  There is no maximum age limit. No member of the Selection Committee or Staff member may enter work for selection for the annual exhibition.


  • A maximum of three artworks in any medium may be submitted per artist.
  • No more than two artworks will be accepted from any one artist.
  • Prints of artwork that exists in another format (i.e. painting, sculpture, drawing, etc) are considered reproductions and are therefore inadmissable.
  • Work entered to the exhibition must have been created between 2017 and 2019.
  • Work previously exhibited in Northern Ireland will not be accepted.
  • The RUA reserves the right to reject work that they believe may be in breach of copyright.
  • Submitted work must be for sale with the exception of one portrait piece per artist. 
  • There is no minimum size limit.  The maximum size of artwork in its largest dimension including framing is 200cm. The overall size of diptychs, triptychs, etc. must adhere to this maxium size limit.  All entries must be less than two metres in any one direction including frame.


Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Image Uploads
Image files should be JPG or PNG and no more than 5MB large. Upload time will depend on your internet connection speed so please be patient. If you are having problems uploading your images please use image editing software to resize your image to approximately 1600 pixels wide and then save as a new file. Image file names should not be too long and should not contain any invalid characters such as ' " & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =

Work selected for exhibition is expected to be for sale (unless it is a portrait). RUA Commission is 30%. It will be assumed that the sale price includes the cost of any frame and our commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable. 

Communication will be by email and through logging in to your OESS Artist account for updates on the Pre-selection process. While the RUA endeavours to ensure that the website is available 24 hours a day, we will not be liable if, for any reason, the site is unavailable at any time, including the last 24 hours before the exhibition deadline.

The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

ARTISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSURING THEIR OWN WORK. All works accepted for exhibition will be displayed entirely at the artists' risk and organisers and the gallery will not accept liability for loss or damage occurring before, during or after the exhibition.

Delivery and Collection
Artists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their work from the RUA (or in the case of large or fragile works, from the Ulster Museum). All packaging materials must be removed after delivery (no storage is available for this) and brought back at collection. If you are applying from overseas please consider how you will get your work to and from the exhibition at the required times.
Work not collected at the stated times will be subject to a weekly charge of £5.

By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:

  • The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • I understand that The Organisers (RUA & Ulster Museum) reserve the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
  • I authorise The Organisers to process, store and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.
  • All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.
  • I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application. 

I accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions therein.

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