Imagining an Island - Collaborative Drawing Workshop with Robyn Deasy

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27/07/2023 10:00


Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre



Thursday 27 July⋅from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - (bring a packed lunch).

For children aged 9 to 12 years.  Booking essential.  Cost: €10 

(Concessions available – contact

This collaborative drawing workshop will explore how to create imagined landscapes through experimental and imaginative drawing while focusing on the mythical island of Hy Brasil. 

Artist in Residence, Robyn Deasy will lead the workshop where she will share the story of Hy Brasil, look at artists that create imagined landscapes, explore different drawing approaches and facilitate the creation of a large scale collaborative drawing that depicts this Island.

Hy Brasil has a strong presence in Irish myth and folklore and is described as a place of intense natural beauty where imagination and reality merge. Curiously, the island was represented on a number of maps, dating from the 12th century right up to the 1870s. While there are very few accounts of people reaching it, the question of its existence was accepted, until advances in technology deemed it unreal, or as others theorise, before it sank beneath the waves. It has captured the minds of many Irish creatives who have tried to reconstruct what cannot be reached by boat.

Robyn’s own practice is driven by her interest in history, myth and nature, during her residency at Uillinn she is focusing on drawing the island by examining its story that encapsulates each of these themes.