NI students show their True Colours at CCEA’s art and design exhibition at Ulster Museum

Published: 10/02/2023, 5:00pm
True Colours 2023 Event

The outstanding artwork of Northern Ireland’s most promising young artists is being displayed at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, as part of CCEA’s True Colours Exhibition which runs from 8 to 26 February.

Open for viewing, free of charge for the public, CCEA’s True Colours is a showcase of 24 pieces of unique artwork from 21 schools produced by Entry Level, GCSE, AS and A level students for their summer 2022 examinations in Art and Design, and Contemporary Crafts.

Launching later in February, the True Colours virtual exhibition will allow visitors around the world to tour and interact online with an even larger selection of art and design displays by Northern Ireland’s students.

CCEA’s Temporary Director of Examinations, Amanda Swann, said:

True Colours has been in existence, in various forms, since the 1950s and is embraced by schools as an opportunity to showcase their student’s impressive art and design pieces. After a short hiatus, due to Covid-19, we’re delighted to continue this tradition and bring the exhibition back to the Ulster Museum, alongside the virtual exhibition, to celebrate the work of these talented young people.

Congratulating the students on their work, Anne McGinn, CCEA’s Art and Design Education Manager, said:

While things are getting back to ‘normal’ or the ‘new normal’, let’s remember that in the world of creating art and design there is no such thing as normal. To aspire to normal is not compatible with our students’ direction of travel.

CCEA’s Art and Design specifications embrace the extraordinary, the diverse, and the outstanding while also including the subtle and understated therefore I am delighted with the return of a new, improved and ever evolving True Colours Exhibition, showcasing exceptional work from students across the country.

Colleen Watters, Art Education Officer, National Museums NI, said:

The Ulster Museum is delighted to welcome the return of CCEA’s True Colours Exhibition in the Belfast Room as well as one of the museum’s galleries being used to display the virtual exhibition.

It is a pleasure to be able to provide the public with an opportunity to view the diversity and quality of work being produced by young artists and designers.

The True Colours Exhibition is open to the public for free from Wednesday 8 February to Sunday 26 February 2023 at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Museum opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Every year CCEA’s True Colours exhibition celebrates artwork produced within schools and colleges across NI. The event has become the focal point for schools and further education colleges across NI to display a broad range of artwork from their students.

List of Exhibitors at the Ulster Museum


Aquinas Diocesan

Helen McRandall


Breda Academy

James Todd


Colaiste Feirste

Neamh Ni Scollain


Holy Cross College

Abbie Gallagher


Lurgan College

Robyn McIlwaine


North Coast Integrated College

Matthew Acosta


Rathmore Grammar School

Lara Hanly


Royal School Enniskillen

Cindy Robinson


Strathearn School

Joanna Carson


The Royal School Armagh

Matthew Conran


Thornhill College

Aoife Moore


Friends’ School Lisburn

Sophie Hewitt


Strathearn School

Juliette Ruelland Kennedy


St. Joseph’s Grammar School

Liam Carberry


St. Patrick's Academy Dungannon

Maria Donaghy


Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School

Sam Patterson


Bloomfield Collegiate

Leah Massey


Cambridge House Grammar School

Ellie Weir


Methodist College

Elead Lau


Strathearn School

Aisha Moore


St. Louis Grammar School

Una Lemoine


Wellington College Belfast

Tiffany Ewen

GCSE Contemporary Crafts

St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School Belfast

Euan Stitt

Entry Level

Beechlawn School

Hannah Briggs

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