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The Ulster Society of Women Artist’s ( U.S.W.A.) was founded by Gladys Maccabe MBE MA (hons) ROI RUA FRSA in 1957. At that time , there was no art society in Northern Ireland that would accept women as members.

Gladys decided to change the situation.!

From the original ten founding members, membership today is one hundred and twenty five women from all fields of the visual arts. Our patron is Her Grace, The Duchess of Abercorn.

The society holds various exhibitions throughout the year and invites new members annually. Members are elected to the society on the basis of their skills as an artist, through a vigorous selection process which therefore maintains the excellent standard of work within the society.

Objectives of the society :
  • To promote and encourage a high standard of art in Ulster
  • To maintain such a standard in exhibitions, that membership would be seen as a mark of distinction.
  • To seek out and encourage talent

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The Ulster Society of Women Artists