The Waters and the Wild Walking and Sketching Tour BOOKED OUT with Gwen Wilkinson

In Partnership with Waterways Ireland

  • Thursday 09th November @ 1:00 pm
  • Hanover Quay East
  • 10

The Waters and the Wild (Merrion Press) vividly documents artist, photographer and author Gwen Wilkinson’s journey in a self-built canoe along Ireland’s inland waterways, exploring the interwoven histories of the people and wildlife encountered along the way. Gwen will lead a lunchtime walking and sketching tour around Ringsend Basin and along the Grand Canal towpath, pausing to explore the themes in her book and sketch the surrounding environment.

Starting at the sea lock the walk will take in the outer basin exploring the harbour’s rich history and ongoing rejuvenation (Hanover Quay, Misery Hill and William Jessop memorial at Charlotte Quay). Grand Canal Square is the perfect place to try an urban sketching exercise. 

Moving on to the inner basin the walk will consider the harbours diverse features – converted barges and house boats, the historic warehouse of Boland’s Mill juxtaposed against the contemporary towers of Google (Europe) HQ. 

A short walk leads to Lock 1 on the Grand Canal Circular Line. Time for another sketching session in this idyllic waterways setting. 

Following the canal towpath the walk will continue upstream absorbing the sights and sounds of the environment. Time to reflect on the value and importance of our inland waterways – heritage, ecology and biodiversity, and as a recreational resource.

*Participants are required to bring their own materials –  sketching pad and pencil or pen.

The meeting point for this walk will be the Dublin Bikes Station at Hanover Quay East.



Gwen Wilkinson is a third generation artist and maker. Her work spans several disciplines from sculpture to photography and printmaking. Gwen’s first book The Waters and the Wild recounts her journey in a self-built wooden canoe along Ireland’s inland waterways.