Dreamers: An activity for NIMHAF and National Drawing Day

10 May 24—19 May 24
Dreamers 2024 Image Credit Niamh Seana Meehan webheader
Niamh Seana Meehan

This year CCA invites artist Niamh Seana Meehan to design an activity for NIMHAF 10–19 May 2024 and National Drawing Day 18 May 2024.

Image credit: Dreamers, 2024 by Niamh Seana Meehan

In Dreamers Niamh invites you to listen, float, and linger with an audio coastal walk. Walking along edges of liquid space this audio will explore moments to find stillness, to feel how our skin touches seawater and how we can reimagine the desire path. A desire path is a path created by animal traffic, or a path taken as a short-cut. For this coastal walk the desire path will present listeners with the space to reimagine what they desire to find on their own coastal path.

Listen to the audio, pausing to draw or write anything that comes to mind. Suggested materials are pens, pencils, colouring pencils or whatever you prefer or have to hand. Alternatively you can listen to the full audio, then begin to draw what you feel, think or imagined as you were listening. You are also welcome to sit comfortably and listen. Niamh invites you to respond in your own way. 

You can download or listen below to this specially created audio. Intentional pauses will give you space to reflect, draw or write. Headphones are preferred. A selection of materials will be available to collect from 10 May 2024, from CCA, 10-12 Artillery Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG. You can tag your drawings with @CCADLD, @nimhaf, #NationalDrawingDay

Niamh Seana Meehan is a visual artist based in Co Armagh. Working across written matter, visual art and performative gestures. Niamh is currently slowly developing a floating methodology. Recent work includes Art Arcadia (2024) Creative Spark (2023) Muine Bheag Arts (2023) Guesthouse Project (2023) The Field (2023).


NI Mental Health Arts Festival is created by, and for, those who have faced mental-health challenges and who are often missed by both the arts and health education models -providing a space where people can gain insight & share experiences.


Every year, the Gallery—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing on National Drawing Day.

This year we invite you into the Gallery to take part in free drawing events, or visit one of our partner organisations around the island of Ireland. Follow the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the updates.