Hamilton Architects’ RUA Sculpture Award goes to ceramicist Lynsey-Erin

Paul Millar (left), Partner at Hamilton Architects, and Dan Dowling (right), President of the Royal Ulster Academy, congratulate Lynsey-Erin Mercer (middle) on winning the Sculpture Award at the 142nd RUA Annual Exhibition.

Lynsey-Erin’s work ‘Matrilineal – The Mother Line’ will be on show at the Ulster Museum until January, along with over 300 incredible works using a diverse range of materials by local and global artists.

“I have been a long-time admirer of Lynsey-Erin’s work and I am delighted to be able to say her entry to this year’s Sculpture category was outstanding,” said Paul. “This year’s finalists were particularly impressive, but this work still clinched it for me.”    

Ms Mercer is a sculptural ceramicist who also works in Belfast as an Art and Design teacher. As a home studio-based maker, she produces a range of ceramic craft for both exhibition and commission.

Her work, which features among the Arts Council NI collection, is derived from conceptualising studies of nature, human behaviour and cognitive processes, and each piece explores the connection between physical sensation and abstract concept.

Through the controlled application of slip, Lynsay-Erin creates contrasting surface textures which provide a tactile experience of an inviting, yet also repellent nature.

The RUA’s 142nd exhibition runs at the Ulster Museum until January and offers free admission, with no booking necessary. More information at:

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