WANTED: Children’s fingerprints for unicorn art

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By Ciara Lydon

This summer children from all over Ireland will have the opportunity to help create a colourful, ‘finger-printed’ unicorn in a national, collaborative art project.

The Ark Cultural Centre in Dublin will be running an exhibition communicating the importance and diversity of colour.

Students from the Catherine McAuley National School in Dublin were the first to participate in an art initiative instigated by The Ark Cultural Centre on Monday.

The ten and eleven year olds placed their fingerprints in their favourite colour on a large piece of artwork. When completed, the painting will incorporate over 500 children’s fingerprints from all over Ireland. The prints will create the shape of a unicorn which is the symbol of The Ark.

Once it is finished, the painting will be part of the Colour! Exhibition which will run all summer at The Ark.

It will be open to both school groups and families. The exhibition aims to highlight the ways in which colours were mixed by artists and alchemists in the past and the expressive ways in which colour can be used today in art.

The exhibition will incorporate a number of workshops, performances and talks as well as displays.  At the end of the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own artwork with the help of a professional artist.

The opportunity to contribute to the painting is open to all children who can come to The Ark, Eustace Street, Dublin on July 4 between 12 -4pm.




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