Free Entry! Visit a weird and wonderful collection of animal sculptures. Along with a brand new limestone seal, amongst these quirky, lovable animals you will find a flying horse, a tortoise with a secret story and a toucan in disguise!
Our Beautiful Beasts have been on tour, roaming across Ireland and now they are back – and we have a new Seal friend for them to meet!
Created by leading Irish and international artists from materials ranging from bronze, woods, ceramics, steel and stone. You can learn about the techniques used to create the artworks and feel samples of the materials used.
Having seen the sculptures, you will be able to use our creative stations to create your own animal-themed artworks.
The Beautiful Beasts Exhibition is made up of some of The Ark’s favourite pieces from its collection which spans its 21 years of commissioning professional artists to create work for children. We are delighted to welcome a newly commissioned limestone seal by artist Helen O’Connell.
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Meet the Artist: Helen O’Connell
Sat 1 July @ 12-3pm
Join us as we welcome our newly commissioned seal sculpture and its maker Helen O’Connell to The Ark.
Artist in Action
Every Thursday & Friday 20 July – 11 August
Come and say hello to artist Jole Bortoli who will be working in the exhibition space, watch her in action and get some tips for creating your own artworks.