Save those Rainbows!

We're making a public call to all children (or adults too!) for a project to commemorate frontline workers during coronavirus crisis.

We're calling on all lockdown Leonardos to ‘Save those Rainbows’ so they can be displayed in a special exhibition as part of our reopening programme once restrictions have been lifted.

One of the more positive consequences to come from staying at home due to the pandemic is that it has inspired an outpouring of creativity with many, young and old, professionals and amateurs, turning to art to express themselves and to reflect upon our shared experience of life in lockdown.

In an exhibition, which aims to harness this active participation and appreciation of art and creativity among the wider public, we're asking children to save their drawings and present them as their artistic response to the lockdown. Their work will be displayed beside that of professional artists across our galleries later this year.

Our Senior Curator, Hugh Mulholland, explained the significance of the rainbows and why it is important to put them on display. He said:

"During the coronavirus pandemic, the rainbow has become a symbol for children and parents wanting to show support for NHS workers on the front line. Their drawings have been proudly displayed in the windows and doors of their homes.

As the MAC re-opens to all our communities, we have a unique opportunity as an institution to publicly acknowledge those who continued to work in the frontline throughout the lockdown, key workers who put their lives at risk to care for others. So we are making a request to all those children to keep their amazing drawings and paintings for this very special exhibition."

Simply send your rainbows to:

Save those Rainbows


10 Exchange Street West,


Co. Antrim


Photo: Frank and Tess Megaw with a rainbow picture at the MAC.
Photography: Press Eye, Kelvin Boyes