Drawing for 'The Wexford Whale' 

Driftwood charcoal on Fabriano Tiepolo

23 x 40cm

© David Begley 2022

The Wexford Whale
Drawing & Animation Project

Written, directed, animated and edited by David Begley.

Music and sound design by Ruah Pearson.

Run time 12 minutes. Suitable for all ages.

In April 2021 David Begley gathered driftwood at The Burrow, Rosslare and Rosslare Harbour in order to bake driftwood charcoal for 5th and 6th class pupils at Scoil Mhuire Rosslare. Assisted by Nadia Corridan, David facilitated drawing and animation workshops with the children to explore the story of Ned Wickham and the blue whale which stranded at the mouth of Wexford Harbour in 1891. The children learned about the history, heritage and culture of Rosslare Fort, Ned Wickham's life, enjoyed drawing at the Burrow beach, Rosslare – reimagining Wickham's first sighting of the whale – drew scenes from the story of the whale, learned how to animate in charcoal and created some astonishing work.


Featuring charcoal drawings and animations made by the children as well as animations by David, 'The Wexford Whale' is a 12 minute black and white film which will have its first public screening at Amgueddfa Ceredigion (Ceredigion museum), Aberystwyth, Wales, on May 14th 2022. 

If you would like to screen the film at your school, cinema, college, museum, art club, (anywhere!) please get in touch. Private and public screenings available from May 14th. 

David would like to thank Andrea Doyle of The Rosslare Ancestry Project, Des Peare, Leo Coy at Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre, Billy Doyle at Rosslare Burrow Lifeboat Memorial, Gerry Wickham, Richard Sabin at The Natural History Museum, London, Nadia Corridan, Francis Long, Gráinne Doran archivist at Wexford County Council, teachers Liam Lawlor, Eilish Kavanagh, SNA Aileen McGee and principal Anne Marie Carthy at Scoil Mhuire for all their help and support during the project. Scroll down to see drawings by pupils of 5th and 6th class!

Visit Behind the Scenes

Read the Tale of the Whale

See drawings made by 5th and 6th class pupils here!


Jellyfish from 'The Wexford Whale' animation

Driftwood charcoal on Fabriano paper

© David Begley 2022

This image is available as an archival print, signed and numbered

by David Begley. Edition of ten only. Purchase here

The Wexford Whale is a 'Creative Connections Ports Past Present' project.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

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