A Guided Tour of Pictiúr


Pictiúr, the exhibition of Irish/Irish-based children’s illustrators curated by Niamh Sharkey when she was Laureate na nOg,  is still traveling around the country after two years. It’s been to IMMA, Galway, Waterford, Leuven, Brussels, Bologna, Belfast, and right now it’s in Mayo. Michael and myself went over to Castlebar to do a few gigs at the Linenhall for the Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival.

We both guided groups of children around the images, keeping things fairly simple for the 4-8 year olds and taking it up a notch for the 8-12 groups. As you can see from the photos the images have been placed low on the walls to keep them at children’s eye line height. If you’d like a taster of what we talked about, start the tour by clicking on the first image and scrolling through. You’ll get a larger image and accompanying text.



Paul Howard, Peter Salisbury, Oisin McGann, me & Michael, Aoife Murray, Elaina Ryan, Nessa O’ Mahony

Pictiúr (exhibition of 21 leading Irish/Irish-based illustrators, curated by our Laureate na nOg Niamh Sharkey) went to Belfast March 3rd and we headed up for the opening. Michael’s first intro to the city was stepping into the parliament buildings – not something you get to do every day. Quite a few illustrators and children’s lit folk made the trip and we were all very excited – as you may deduce from photo above!