Callout for Children’s Self-Portraits for our Exhibition

Children from all over Ireland invited to send in their self-portraits to be part of our portrait programme and the chance to be part of a special once off gallery of 100 pieces, to be displayed on the railings of Merrion Square Park this month.

Merrion Square is well known as where many artists display their work, hung on the railings around the park each weekend. On 24th February, for one day only, these railings will showcase a very special collection of art works – self-portraits created by the children of Ireland and the invitation to take part is open to everyone.

Throughout March, we are running a visual arts programme all about portraiture called Put Yourself in the Portrait Gallery which includes a collection of children's portraits created here at The Ark by acclaimed artist Brian Maguire in 2016, displayed alongside children's own self-portraits. This is your chance to be part of that display and to add your face to the collection. 

How to get involved: Any child under 12 is invited to create their own self portrait (the more colourful the better) and take a photo of it, as high res as possible, and email it to or pop the original artwork in the post and send it to: The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Dublin 2. If you want to be part of the Merrion Square exhibition, please make sure that your picture arrives no later than Wednesday 22 February at 12pm. Please include the artist’s name, age and county they live in.

You can download the information and some artist tips on how to create your portraits at

The first 100 portraits received will be enlarged to A3, laminated and on the 24th February hung on the railings around the north side of Merrion Square Park. They will be on display from 11am- 4pm that day only and everyone is encouraged to come along and view it. All portraits received will also be featured in our portraiture programme running 4 March - 9 April.

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