Category Archives: Exhibitions

Tiarnan Loughran



Te exhibition was in the Market Place Theatre Armagh it was entitled ‘a therapeutic understanding of addiction, mental illness and maternal relationships’

I wasnt impressed, but I know that art can be open to interpretation and different people see it in different ways. But this exhibition left me feeling flat.

The works below were interesting, but reminded me more of Rorschach test and the ink blots it used.



this may have been what the artist intended, but it didnt impress me too much.


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Royal Ulster Arts Academy 2013


While at the Ulster Museum I would have been remiss to not go to the RUAA exhibition.

I’d heard a lot about it this year as one of the artworks had caused a bit of a furore locally in the media. Initially I was under the impression it was removed due to the fact it depicted 2 women kissing, however when I viewed the image HERE, I could understand why some people might argue that Paul Walls, The Kiss is not suitable for children to view as it is quite adult.

A statement I found HERE by Colin Davidson, President of the Royal Ulster Academy explains its removal.

“The Royal Ulster Academy’s schools programme attracts large numbers of school children from across Northern Ireland.

“In this context, the painting ‘The Kiss’, by Paul Walls, was regarded as inappropriate for child audiences (by the Museum, the Academy, and Child Protection lawyers, as well as most who have seen it). Paul Walls appreciates how inappropriate it is for child audiences. It would not matter if the imagery was of two women, two men, or a man and a woman. Mindful of artistic freedom of expression, the RUA and the Ulster Museum considered that the painting could remain in the exhibition subject to the placement of appropriate notices that the gallery contained artwork which could be regarded as being of an adult nature.

“As an Academy, we are concerned that this could deter schools and families with young children visiting the exhibition. As a result Paul Walls decided to withdraw the painting from the exhibition. Censorship had nothing to do with it.”

I was upset that it wasnt included regardless, as I would have liked to view it in its proper form myself and not via an image online.



William Scott


I went to the William Scott exhibition in the Ulster museum the other day. I took a few sneaky pictures (ok so I took 3…)

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it was good, as photography isnt allowed, I decided to do a few brief sketches. Nothing fancy more like vague outlines, but during this I was approached and asked if it was ok to film me for their youtube video. I’ve not seen it yet, but they have a video up about the exhibtion opening

My drawings were very basic and my version of the Hare and the Candle I feel is a bit ‘overdone’ as to be filmed I had to go back over my sketch which at that point had been finished and the dark edge and legs of the table were added. I was quite pleased regardless with my work.

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I noticed that as time progressed he moved from portraiture to more abstract and still life works, with more colour eventually being added to this art, although I feel blue features dominantly in  a lot of the work featured at the exhibition as he moved from more bland colours used in his abstract work to a mix of dark colours with blue and one work literally ablaze with red and oranges.