Beach Art

Sean Corcoran creates massive sand art drawings with a rake on beaches around Ireland and the UK. The artworks are professionally captured with high resolution photography and 4k aerial videography.

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Beach Waterford Ireland

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford Ireland

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford Ireland

Sand Art Waterford Ireland

Breathe Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford Ireland

Large Poster Prints of the images are currently available for sale in our online shop HERE. Four different sizes up to four foot wide can be ordered and shipped worldwide.

Got something to say?

Whether it’s a marriage proposal, a birthday surprise, a charity campaign or an event promotion if Sean likes your idea he’ll do it in epic scale at a beach of your choice!

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford Ireland

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford Ireland

Sand Art Sean Corcoran Waterford We Love You R117

Short films for TV and Online…

We can advise on professional film production and on best practices for online video campaigns involving our sand art. We have been featured in TV ads, kids and lifestyle programmes and documentaries on RTE, TV3, BBC and ITV. Maybe you have your own film crew or you might need us to recommend some options. Either way we have lots of experience with drone operators, film directors, producers and campaign managers so we would be delighted to offer you our opinion.

We were commissioned by TV3 (now Virgin Media One) to create this promo video for Ireland’s opening game of the Six Nations Rugby 2018.

Our Snow Art made during Storm Emma was featured on both TV3 and RTE News.

This was a commission from Cork Samaritans for an online campaign. ‘Life’s Worth Talking About’ was created on Inchydoney beach in County Cork.

This piece was a promo for professional boxer Craig McCarthy ‘Built To Last’ who brought professional boxing back to Waterford for the first time since 1948 with a Ring Kings event in WIT Arena. Filmed on Stradbally Cove in Waterford. #BTL.

This piece is called ‘Mother Guernica’ and is dedicated to all mothers. Sean created it on Bunmahon Beach.

This was a tribute for the 4 crew members of the R116 helicopter tragedy. It was created by Sean Corcoran on Bridie’s Beach in Clonea.

Sean was commissioned by Waterford Council as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival to create beach art. He spent 5 days and 5 nights camped on Bridie’s Beach making art. On the Sunday he created a racetrack!

How is the Sand Art made?

Many of Seans artworks are solo and he is the only person to witness and photograph them. He works all year round in often remote and hard to reach locations. The majority of his work is freehand without the use of string or measuring tapes. Many of his drawings are impromptu as he responds to each individual location. This is environmental art. Sean chooses the best low tides each month and often only has two or three hours to complete a drawing before the tide returns.

The video above shows the creation of a 300 foot wide sacred symbol called a Sri Yantra. This was part of an international challenge. In order to represent the symbol as accurately as possible Sean’s team in this case included two engineers using gps guided rovers and 16 satellites with a tolerance of 5mm!

Pictured above are the location crew for a TV3 Promo for Ireland’s rugby match against France on the opening day of the Six Nations 2018. From left to right are Sean’s Assistant Joe Lonergan, Sand Artist Sean Corcoran, Drone Operator Paddy Barron, TV3 Director Alan O’Dwyer, TV3 Camera Operator Joan McKenna.

OM KALI is a Sand Art and Mantra collaboration with renowned singer song writer Cheryl Beer. Location; Bunmahon Beach, Waterford.

Group Events…

More elaborate drawings have involved teams of up to 28 volunteers and Sean loves to collaborate with other artists, photographers and filmmakers.

These activities suit everything from family reunions, birthday parties, hen parties and school tours to business outings and corporate team building events. So whatever the occasion why not try something a bit different.

Team Building Event Waterford

We also facilitate ROCK ART RELAYS for groups. This consists of making large designs with rocks in the sand by passing rocks from one to another like a relay race!

Beach Art Workshop WaterfordTeamwork is central to these fun and rewarding workshops. There is also a unique piece of art to show for all the exertions, even if it is only temporary!

Beach Art Ireland Sean Corcoran All that remains are the photos and videos as the tide claims all in the end.


We have created a photo record of all the beach art that we’ve created down through the years. You’ll see everything from massive solo drawings in the sand by Sean Corcoran to group events with families, schools, youth groups and work colleagues.

Sand Art Sean Corcoran The Art Hand

We’ve catalogued hundreds of different artworks and we’ve included a single photo of each one in the archive that can be viewed in a photo album on our Facebook page HERE.

Make a day of it!

If the event is on The Copper Coast why not visit our studio…

The Art Hand Studio Stained Glass Mosaic

We can provide homemade lunch in our adjoining home…

The Art Hand is located at the heart of The Copper Coast in County Waterford. It’s one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal regions with lots of beaches and coves nestled between high cliffs and rugged landscape.

Bring Sean Corcoran to your Seaside Festival…

Sean has participated in many coastal festivals around Ireland and the UK. He has quite a following with many of his projects going viral or ending up on TV.  In an ideal situation it would be great for spectators to view the sand art from a vantage point overhead. As this is not always possible it is often the photos and videos that create a lasting legacy of Seans participation.

Depending on the assignment Sean often looks for volunteers in the area to take part in the artworks. He can also run daily workshops as part of his contribution to the festival. This allows festival goers to meet him and have a go themselves. Sand castle competitions with tips and tricks from Sean are also a great attraction for families.

‘Sand Man’ documentary made by Lighthouse Films during a festival in the UK in 2016.

‘Return of the Sandman’ made by Lighthouse Films during a festival in the UK in 2017.

Sand Art by Sean Corcoran

‘Celtic Fish’…Spittal Seaside Festival, Northumberland, UK.

‘Spittal Tentacles’…Spittal Seaside Festival, Northumberland, UK.

‘The Spittal Creature’…Spittal Seaside Festival, Northumberland, UK.

Fish!…Sunrise Sand Art Challenge for the Skerries Soundwaves Festival, Dublin.

‘Jack in the Beanstalk’…Sunrise Sand Art Challenge, Soundwaves Festival, Dublin.

‘Jack’s Creature’…Sunrise Sand Art Challenge, Skerries Soundwaves Festival, Dublin.

Soundwaves Logo…Skerries Soundwaves Festival, Dublin.

The Seaweed Puzzle…Comeraghs Wild Festival, Waterford.

‘Tá Tú Anseo’…for Freedom Surf School at Seachtaine na Gaeilge, Tramore.

Promo for Yogafest Tramore, County Waterford.

Sean Corcoran has the following to say about Beach Art;

Sean Corcoran Sand Art BunmahonThere’s a strange sense of time standing still; self-conscious worldly woes are left behind, as if there is no past or future, just the present. Apart of course for the inevitable tides approach.

Sean Corcoran Beach ArtistI love seeing the reaction from passers-by who might not be exposed to art too often. I have to admit I like to be an anonymous spectator when the artwork is complete and have conversations with anyone who comes along. The conversation is never as honest if they know I’ve made it and some of the comments are priceless!Sand Art Tramore Sean Corcoran

Collaborative art has become a very important part of my art and life. I love the challenge of trying to connect with a large group of people through art. I find creating beach art with groups to be very rewarding.

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Participants often say that the experience is uplifting and therapeutic on many different levels. The fact that the tide will wash it all away creates a poignant atmosphere yet the unity of purpose makes it a joyous occasion. People can connect with themselves and others in a very simple way.

Beach Art Waterford Ireland

It’s good exercise too, running around in the fresh sea air whatever the weather! Have a go yourself, bring a rake to the beach or join me on one of our group workshops or community events. 

Beach Art Waterford Ireland Sean Corcoran

Most of my beach art is created on the Copper Coast and in Tramore but if you’d like to commission me I’d be happy to take on a challenge at your local beach.

Sean Corcoran Beach Artist Waterford Ireland

Thank you for viewing our beach art page. For further details please get in touch HERE.