Scene from The Wexford Whale animation

driftwood charcoal on Fabriano Tiepolo, 
© David Begley 2022
Music and sound design © Ruah Pearson 2022


Drawing the Tale of The Wexford Whale

Artist’s talk and film screening by David Begley

A free event for National Drawing Day 2022

Saturday 21st May via Zoom, 5pm - 6pm, all ages welcome

​(Children must be accompanied by an adult)

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For this year’s National Drawing Day, David will discuss his work in creating The Wexford Whale animation with 5th and 6th class pupils of Scoil Mhuire National School, Rosslare, County Wexford. This 12 minute film is inspired by the true story of the 25 metre blue whale captured by Ned Wickham at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891 which now hangs in Hintze Hall of The Natural History Museum, London.


David will talk of the fun and challenges involved in making the film, the children's fantastic drawings, Ruah Pearson’s wonderful cello score, the joy of recording foleys with Scoil Mhuire pupils and Richard Sabin’s (Principal Curator of Mammals, The Natural History Museum), contribution to the film. This event will include a screening of The Wexford Whale.

The Wexford Whale is on show at Amgueddfa Ceredigion (Ceredigion museum), Aberystwyth, Wales as part of Creative Connections exhibition until June 25 2022.

If you would like to screen the film at your school, cinema, college, museum, club, please get in touch.
Private and public screenings available from May 14th. Run time 12 minutes. Suitable for all ages. Read more