Royal Ulster Academy of Arts

Exhibition Details

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts
141st RUA Annual Exhibition


The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) was founded in 1879 and is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland today.


Submissions are welcomed from artists working in a range of artforms including painting, drawing, print, sculpture, photography, textiles, digital, video, audio, multi-media, glass and ceramics.

The RUA is delighted to confirm that the 2022 Adjudicator is the well known Belfast-born artist, writer, DJ, broadcaster and journalist, Joe Lindsay.

We also have a new prize for video artists sponsored by Hamilton Architects. Scroll on down to Exhibition Entry Information to find out more about this.

Keep an eye online for more information. More dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Entry Deadline: 01 August 2022 Noon

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Key Dates

Open For Entry: 11 May 2022.
Entry Deadline: 1 August 2022, 12 noon

Pre-Selection Notification: 3 August 2022
Artwork Delivery: 7 August 2022

Private View for Artists: 13 October 2022
Exhibition Open To Public: 14 October 2022 to 3 January 2023, 10am to 5pm
Collection of unsold work: t.b.c.

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 141st Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) Annual exhibition is due be held at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast from 14 October 2022 to 3 January 2023. 

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 open selection to the Annual Exhibition.


  • A maximum of three 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 2020 and 2022. 
  • Work previously exhibited in Northern Ireland will not be accepted. 
  • The RUA reserves the right to reject work that they believe to be in breach of copyright.
  • If any artwork is constructed of material that may degrade or contains reactants that would interact with the display environment, the Ulster Museum may be unable to display such a work. Should a work be selected if this case arises, the artist's entry fee will be refunded.
  • ALL WORK is expected to be for sale including portraits. There is a minimum price of £350 and £150 for framed etchings, one-off prints, lithography or drawings.
  • The maximum size of artwork in its largest dimension including framing is 200 cm. 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.  
  • There is no minimum size limit.
  • Hanging fixings and attachments must be removed before delivery of selected artwork.

Attention all video artists. Here is a unique opportunity to showcase your work in a dedicated video space as part of the biggest exhibition in Northern Ireland.

Video Works
Submissions for single channel video works will be selected on behalf of RUA by an esteemed panel made up of: Ulster Museum's Curator of Art, Anna Liesching; Dr. Angela Halliday, Director of the Digital Art Studios - Belfast; and Peter Richards, Director of the Golden Thread Gallery.
Selected works will be included in a looped showreel installed in a dedicated video projection space within the exhibition. As such, we are only seeking submissions of SINGLE CHANNEL VIDEO WORKS.
One video will be awarded the RUA video art prize and will be installed in a projection room of its own for the duration of the exhibition. With this in mind we would advise selecting works for submission no longer than 20 minutes in duration.
Please do not transfer files unles selected and requested to do so.
Your submission must include a link to your preferred URL, for example your Website, Vimeo or YouTube channel or alternative Account. Do include a password (if the work is password protected) allowing the selectors to independently view your work.

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 then save as a new file. Image file names should not be too long and should not contain any invalid characters such as ' " & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =

All work selected for exhibition are 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.

All communication will be by email and through logging into your OESS Artist account for updates on the 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 during the exhibition.

Delivery and Collection
To be arranged.

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: 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 may be 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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