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Small finds a journey into ink
Written, directed, edited and sound by David Begley
Filmed by David Begley and Hanneke van Ryswyk
4:30 minutes

© David Begley 2023

David's two day ink making and painting workshop at Chester Beatty, Dublin November 25 - 26 is fully booked.
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See ink paintings by David Begley


David Begley's documentary The keepers has been selected for EKOFILM film festival 2023, Brno, Czech Republic, 2023 Sustainable Stories Film Festival, Texas, U.S., Louth International Film Festival 2023, and Inheritance film festival 2023 Belfast, Brighton, Sheffield.

David Begley is an Irish artist, writer and arts educator. He has exhibited  nationally and internationally since 1996. David works through the mediums of animation, drawing, monotype print, painting, sound, video and forages materials to make and paint with botanical inks. His video documentary The keepers (2023) advocates the importance of gardening combined with visual art for children.


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Botanical Inks with Artist David Begley
at Chester Beatty, Dublin


Saturday 25 November, 10am – 4pm
& Sunday 26 November, 12noon – 4pm


Due to popular demand, the Chester Beatty welcomes back artist David Begley for 2 days of making and painting with natural inks. David will demonstrate how to prepare materials, and how to grind, bind, cook and transform them into your own unique inks using ancient and contemporary recipes.
Participants will enjoy painting and experimenting with botanical inks and learn of their use in illuminated manuscripts in the Chester Beatty collection. Materials provided but please bring your own mortar and pestle.


Fully booked.



alder cone, oak gall ink and iron water on Fabriano Rosaspina
25 x 35cm

© David Begley 2023

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