Exhibition: Drawn To The Sea

The north coast has a special place in the hearts of almost everyone in NI and means something different to each person. Some people think of icecream and buckets and spades, candyfloss and the big dipper, fish and chips, to others it’s all about long walks on the beach and dinner at one of the fab restaurants. To a brave few it’s the wild waves and rugged coastline, while some come for more sedate sports- fishing, golfing, cycling, finished off with a wee drop of the north coast’s world famous whiskey.

To me, it’s my home and inspiration, I love the seascape, the sunsets, finding secret beaches and learning the local stories, myths and legends. I was born and grew up here, on the coast road between Portrush and Portstewart. I moved to Belfast for uni and lived there for fifteen years, and although I loved living there for the most part, I tried to come home most weekends. Eventually, those weekends stretched to three, four days until eventually I made the leap and moved back. And I love it. I worried how moving back might affect my work, but in truth, I’ve never been busier. Almost certainly, Éadach would not exist if I hadn’t moved back, the inspiration behind it has been so firmly rooted in this coastline.

As such, I’m so excited to exhibit my work in the place that has inspired me so much. In our forthcoming exhibition I want to explore all aspects of this magical coastline. I will be showing new coastal-inspired pencil drawings, limited edition prints, silk wall hangings and the inspiration and sketches behind my new collection for Brown Thomas.

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The exhibition will take place in one of Portrush’s most iconic building, The Arcadia. I’m thrilled to be joined by fellow illustrator Geoff Fulton (Belfast), landscape photographer Robert Malone (Lisburn) and design by BTS Concept Store.

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The Arcadia

The exhibition will launch on the evening of Friday 17 June, with the opportunity to meet the artists and chat about the work. The exhibition will be displayed for a month.

For further details contact me on the form below..

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‘Al Mennie’ pencil drawing
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‘Queen of the Sea’ pencil drawing

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  1. jorisminne says:

    Sara. Could you possibly give me a call? We are running a winter writing school featuring unusual and high profile writers including Pulitzer winner Paul Muldoon, Booker winner Anne Enright, former Horslip Barry Devlin who is now a successful script writer and others. We are including non fiction writing and will have Michael O’Neill from ad agency AV Browne to talk about writing advertising copy, Catherine Cleary from Irish times about food writing and I need someone like you to conduct a 45 minute seminar on blogging. Would you consider this? It’s in Armagh November 4, 5 and 6 and we’d want you for the afternoon of the 5th. Thank you and warm wishes to Al. Joris Minne

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