RHA Learning Event

Cruinniú na nÓg: Beachcombers Delight
12 Jun 2021
Time: 11am - 12.30pm

For the 2021 Cruinniú na nÓg festival, RHA Gallery Presents an Online Art Workshop for Children in Response to the Exhibition Eleuthera by Sean Scully.

Age 6 – 12

Live workshop via Zoom. Click here to book your place.

Please note, advance booking is required as we will post art packs to you, in advance of the workshop.

RHA Gallery invites you to join us for this visual art workshop, which takes inspiration from the Sean Scully exhibition, Eleuthera, facilitated by artist Michelle Hall.

Eleuthera is a place in the Bahamas where the sand is pink and the name itself means ‘freedom’. The artworks in this exhibition, by Scully, depict a child playing creatively in the sand. The artist is inspired by the creative activities of his son, and explores ideas around freedom relating to the creativity of childhood. The paintings show the child in a contained circular space, like a moat structure, where experimentation and creativity can flourish.

During this workshop, you will work in and on your own circular space – a big circle of paper that will be sent to you by post! Participants who sign up will receive an art materials package in advance, to be used during the live workshop on the 12 June.

You will also be invited to take your own private beach-combing adventure to collect source materials for the workshop, such as shells, stones and other interesting found objects. This is an optional activity for those who can make the trip, as source material will also be provided on the day!

The workshop will begin with looking at Scully’s paintings for inspiration. Art techniques that we will explore will include collage, drawing from beach findings, creating a moat, and exploring textures. You will also paint semi-abstract self-portraits, focusing on parts of your body that you use to play and create art!

Please note: we require that all participants have their cameras turned on for the workshop.

You can visit the gallery to see Sean Scully’s Eleuthera from 10 May to 27 June. Book your FREE admission here.


Michelle Hall is a visual artist working across various disciplines including moving image, photography, text and performance. Recent residencies include the Centre for the Study of Substructured Loss, Berlin, 2019 and London, 2017, RHA School & Fingal Arts Studio Award 2018, and one-month at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2018. She received the RDS VAA RC Lewis-Crosby Award in 2016 following her studies on the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme, NCAD, and completed her BA Fine Art at TU Dublin in 2007. Hall was awarded the StartPoint Prize 2017 at the National Gallery Trade Fair Palace, Prague. Selected recent exhibitions and screenings include ONONO Gallery, Rotterdam, 2020 and URGENCIES group exhibition, CCA Derry~Londonderry, 2019. Hall is currently participating in Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office HOMEGROUND Research & Development Award 2020-2021, leading on from her INFRASTRUCTURE Public Art Commission 2017- 2021 with Fingal Public Arts Office. Her practice is supported by the Arts Council Film Bursary 2020 and Professional Development Award 2020. Hall is an active member of artist collective Child Naming Ceremony and co-coordinator of LUX Critical Forum Dublin.


Sean Scully, Eleuthera is generously supported by IPUT.

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