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'Connecting with Nature' drawing workshop (EastSide Visitor Centre area) [Waiting list only]

June 22, 2023
EastSide Visitor Centre
14:00 - 16:00

A drawing workshop 'in the field' with Dan Shipsides, artist, Senior Lecturer in Art & Design at Ulster University and SECA member.

Location: Meeting at EastSide Partnership, 402 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 1HH

This workshop is now full. Please add your details to the waiting list via Eventbrite in case a space becomes free.


No experience or imagined 'talent' needed at all. In fact, existing 'artistry' might be a hinderance.


Dan will take a small group drawing in the local natural environment in the vicinity of Queen's University Belfast.

Based on observation, spatial and structural embodiment and performance, rather than picture making, Dan will tutor you to help you engage with a process of drawing that aims to create 'drawing as' rather than 'drawing of' nature Reality not representation.

Field easels, drawing boards, paper and drawing materials will be provided - all you need to do is turn up, be open and happy to let go of expectations and get your fingernails dirty! We will be walking a relatively short distance and the drawing activity will be standing (although if you're unable to do this we will endeavour find a way to accommodate your needs - please advise via


Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water and small cloth (for washing hands).

If very wet we can relocate indoors and adapt (we have secured a nearby indoor space in case this is necessary).



Register via Eventbrite here.

This workshop is co-hosted by the GroundSwell Consortium and EastSide Partnership.

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