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For Want of a Nail by Eleanor Wheeler

Down Arts Centre

Thu 04 October 2018 Sat 27 October 2018

For Want of a Nail by Eleanor Wheeler

Refers to the proverb dating from the 13th century that exists in various versions, in different cultures and times.


It describes a situation whereby the oversight of a small detail might lead to major unforeseen consequences. Such chains of causality are generally only seen in hindsight.



Eleanor studied ceramics and sculpture in Aberdeen and Cardiff, completing a PhD in architectural ceramics and public art at Northumbria University. Upon returning to Northern Ireland, she has specialized in making large scale sculpture for public spaces, buildings and gardens.  In between commissions, Eleanor travels extensively and journeys have included cycling through the Himalayas from Srinagar to Shimla, or along the Danube from its source in the Black Forest to the Black Sea. These journeys invariably generate ideas that inspire new work and nurture the artist’s lifelong fascination with animals and birds and their symbolic cultural significance across countries, transcending time and place.



Date:               Thursday 4 October -  Saturday 27 October


Time:              During Centre opening hours


Price:               Free


Venue:             Down Arts Centre

Artist:              Eleanor Wheeler