Heritage Week 2020: The Glendalough Sketchbook

As part of the Heritage Week 2020 events, Wicklow County Council Heritage Office and the Heritage Council commissioned Archaeological Illustrator Aoife Patterson to create a series of reconstructive watercolours of some of the National Monuments in Glendalough.


As part of this undertaking, an artists diary and sketchbook documenting the creative processes associated with creating an archaeological reconstruction of a national monument were created.

This sketchbook allows the viewer into the artist’s thought process as the picture of the monument is recreated through research, interpretation and visual understanding of the complexities associated with such artistic processes.

The artistic process associated with developing ideas and research for these reconstructions is explained in the following short film.

The completed images of Glendalough’s Gateway and Cathedral have been finished and you can see these in low resolution photographs to the right hand side.

Video created by Bailey and Blake Productions.

Glendalough Heritage Forum gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council for this project.

Detail from the Glendalough Sketchbook by Aoife Patterson
The Gateway to Glendalough c. 12th C.
Aoife Patterson
The Cathedral in Glendalough c. 10th C.
Aoife Patterson
Heritage Week 2020: Glendalough Sketchbook
This short film looks at the processes involved in reconstructing monuments in Glendalough.

Comments about this page

  • What a fascinating insight into the artist’s process! Really interesting video and I loved looking through the Sketch Book. Aoife’s illustrations are an invaluable addition to the visual documentation of Glendalough.

    By Lorna Elms (11/08/2020)

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