National Drawing Day at The Hide Sculpture

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office would love you to join us Saturday 19th of May 2018 to celebrate

National Drawing Day at The Hide Sculpture, Rogerstown Park ( Balleally  Landfill) Lusk

National Drawing Day is a special event where institutions all over the country celebrate the joy of drawing. This year we are delighted to offer two very special workshops at the Hide Sculpture- The Hide Sculpture is located at Rogerstown Park, Lusk and is a 21st Century Monument created by artist Garrett Phelan which celebrates Fingal’s unique natural environments and those who work on the frontline for its protection.
The Hide Sculpture is a functional artwork and envisioned as a local space in which to consider all aspects of art, ecology and society, where visitors can participate in birdwatching and conversation about the world in which we live.

We will be  hosting 2 special workshops, which will be free and open to the public with invited guest and local artist James English RHA & Garrett Phelan

11am – 1pm
The Art of Looking Closely with James English- James English is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and member of  The Fingal Branch of Birdwatch Ireland. James will give participants an introduction to birdwatching in the area and take participants through ways to document birds from life on the estuary, using simple techniques of looking and drawing using charcoal, pencil and watercolour. 

Workshop is Free with materials provided, All ages Welcome, Spaces Limited, Must be booked

2pm – 3pm
Extreme Drawing with Garrett Phelan – Garrett Phelan will facilitate a workshop of Extreme Drawing, where participants are invited to draw using ‘Natural’ materials found at the Hide Sculpture ,

Workshop is Free, All ages welcome,Spaces Limited,Must be booked

Tea, coffee & delicious cakes from local business Skinny Batch in Rush will also be provided for participants.

For booking contact
Caroline Cowley
Public Art Co-ordinator. Ph:
Ph: 01 870 8449
For more on the Project  and Directions s visit

James English
Born in Naul Co. Dublin 1946, lives in Loughshinny Co. Dublin where he has his Studio/ Gallery.
After a period in horse racing, he studied painting as a part time student in N.C.A.D. Studying under David Hone RHA and Charles Cullen.
He first exhibited his work in 1974 in the Tattan Gallery in Malahide Co Dublin. This was followed up with three more exhibitions in the Tattan before staging a one person Exhibition in Gallery 22 Dublin He then went on to have successful exhibitions in Kilcock Art Gallery, Kildare, the Gormley's Fine Art Dublin and Belfast, the Lavit Gallery in Cork and also in the Europa in Brussels.
In 2003 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and subsequently in 2005 was elected a full member.
James is a member of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland

Garrett Phelan
Garrett Phelan was born in Fingal, North County Dublin in Ireland.  His family history is rooted in the local villages of Skerries, Donabate & Portrane.  Fingal has been an integral part of his thinking around his working practice as an artist since 1995. Garrett Phelan makes site-specific projects that include independent FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography, film, animation and drawing. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, with recent solo shows at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; IMMA, Dublin 2012; and group exhibitions at EVA International 2014; Palais des Beau-Arts de Bruxelles 2013; ICA, London 2012; 11th Lyon Biennial, 2011. Most recently Garrett was part of the Arts Councils Art 2016 programme with his project HEED FM, he is the author of The Hide Project