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Heritage Week: Immense to the miniscule - a day of cultural & natural heritage at the Devenish Lands at Dowth with botanical painting for beginners

To celebrate Heritage Week and the drawings of looping spirals inspired by Neolithic art in our current exhibition by Isabel Nolan, we are taking you on a historical and artistic trip back in time at the Devenish Lands of Dowth, a research farm focused on sustainable agriculture within the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day begins with a drive through the farm with Helen Stanton, Public Engagement Manager, stopping at highlights such as the largest Neolithic Henge in Ireland and Devenish’s research into biodiverse grazing. At the 18th-century manor house of Dowth Hall, there will be an opportunity to see its beautiful plasterwork and enjoy a tour with Archaeologist Dr Clíodhna Ni Lionain of the archaeological remains of a Neolithic passage tomb cemetery that she rediscovered in 2017. After a picnic lunch, take your first steps into botanical art in a relaxed watercolour class with award winning artist Shevaun Doherty. Taking inspiration from some of Devenish’s biodiverse grazing swards which include grasses, legumes and herbs such as timothy, clover, and sheep’s parsley, discover how to sharpen your observational skills and capture the colours, shapes and textures of the natural world that grow underfoot on this spectacular historical site.

- A small watercolour kit with paints, brush, pencil and paper will be provided for each participant.

- Suitable for Beginners or anyone who wishes to improve their skills in observation and watercolour.

- A picnic lunch will be provided so please notify us of any dietary requirements when booking.

- Places are limited and will adhere to Covid guidelines. Please wear a face mask when necessary.

- This is an outdoor event so please be prepared for all weather types. Participants must bring a camping/foldable chair, rain gear and suitable footwear for rough terrain.

Shevaun Doherty is a botanical artist and art tutor. Exhibiting regularly at home and abroad, in 2018 Shevaun designed a set of Irish postage stamps featuring native Irish bees. An advocate for the preservation and documentation through art of our natural world, her involvement in the Ellen Hutchins Festival, an annual event held in Bantry, Co. Cork, has allowed her to connect her love of history, art and botany together.


Monday 16 August | 10 am – 3:30 pm

Age suitability: Adults

Fee: €70 

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