Royal Ulster Academy of Arts

Exhibition Details

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
139th RUA Annual Exhibition

Call for Submissions

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practising visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles is to organise, promote or join in organising and promoting in any fashion an Annual Exhibition of work by both members and non–members. After several months of uncertainty due to Covid 19, the 139th RUA Annual Exhibition is scheduled to open at the Ulster Museum in October 2020. This is subject to change and depends on any changes in Government restrictions. If all goes well and the exhibition does go ahead it will be on a reduced scale so that “social distancing” can be maintained in an open gallery space. An online virtual exhibition is also planned to accommodate groups and individuals that cannot attend the physical exhibition

Entry Deadline: 31 July 2020 4pm.

Key Dates

Open For Entry: 1st June 2020
Entry Deadline: 4pm on Friday 31st July 2020
Selection Notification: Login to your OESS account from 5pm on Monday 3 August to check 


Entry Pricing

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

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information

The 139th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) Annual Exhibition is due to be held at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast in the autumn. However, this will be subject to the restrictions under the Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown.


Submissions of work are invited from visual artists working in any medium. Anyone over the age of 18 may submit work.  There is no maximum age limit.

NB: No member of the Selection Committee or Staff member may enter work for selection for the Annual Exhibition.


  • A maximum of two artworks in any medium may be submitted per artist.
  • No more than one artwork will be accepted from any one artist.
  • Prints of artwork that exist in another format (i.e. painting, sculpture, drawing, etc) are considered reproductions and are therefore inadmissible.
  • Work entered to the exhibition must have been created between 2018 and 2020.
  • 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.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum Price £350. £150 for editioned prints (etchings, lithography, etc).
  • 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 maximum size limit. All entries must be less than two metres in any one direction including frame.

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 ' " & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + = 

The Royal Academy have produced an excellent PDF guide to aid you with photography. 

Click Here To Download PDF


Work selected for exhibition is expected to be for sale

The sale price must include:

  1. the RUA commission of 30%
  2. any VAT applicable
  3. any Tax applicable
  4. the cost of any frame


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

To be arranged as current restrictions allow.

In the event of any sale, delivery of work to the buyer/purchaser will be the responsibility of the artist.

Artists from outside Northern Ireland should be aware that if delivery and collection of the work is required then:

The artist is responsible for costs and all arrangements around postage, packaging, and Import Duty.


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.
  • 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.
  • The Organisers are authorised to process, store and utilise the data in my submission and I 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 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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