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Solo Art Exhibition
Whitehead Community Association, Whitehead
02/04/22 - 29/04/22
Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm


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Rock Art is basically described as human made markings found on natural surfaces such as rock and had special meanings for the people who created them - to this day as before the written word it is not totally clear why.

Theories such as markers for routeways, sacred places or even at some sites maps of the stars have been suggested

I have an amateur interest in Irish Archaeology and created the exhibition to showcase my work but also to raise awareness of these amazing Prehistoric markings.

With my art I hope you feel a connection to the past

These are mixed media pieces in 2 sizes 4x4 and 8x8 clay panels - all are framed.

I added my own symbolism by including either bog pine or bog oak (both of which have been dated by Queens University Belfast) and 24 carat gold gilding as a nod to the antiquity and cultural value of these markings

Finally as before the written language my thumbprint is my signature which I thought was more fitting for these ancient works of art.

Just a note to thank archaeologist Dr Rebecca Enlander, Rock Art specialist who generously gave her time, knowledge and support  


  • If you are visiting rock art, remember to ask the landowner’s permission before entering private land

  • Ensure that there are no visible dangers on the land before you enter and make sure to close all gates behind you. Beware of farm animals and keep dogs on a leash

  • Do not stand or sit on the decorated stone surface

  • Do not remove any peat, moss or other surface covering as this will damage the stone surface

  • Do not use chemicals or any sharp implements or abrasive materials to clean the rock surface

  • Do not use chalk or paint to highlight carvings

  • Survey the surrounding landscape to assess the rock art in relation to topographical features

  • Examine the rock surface looking for visible motifs, a torch may help with this

  • Leave the panel as you find it

  • If you are a landowner or visitor, rock art, like other archaeological monuments, is protected under the National Monuments Act 1930-2014

  • Report all new finds to the National Monuments Service to ensure their protection (

  • Remember to be patient - many rock art sites require repeated visits, at different times of day, and in different weather and lighting conditions to view the carvings Other things you can do

  • Please do take pictures, film or make sketches

  • Try to find a guide, a specialist or a local person that knows the area

  • Teach your children and other young people about prehistoric rock art!

Our Ancient Landscapes: Prehistoric Rock Art in Ireland  ©The Heritage Council 2020 

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