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Public Art Programme - Strand 2 - Art

The second Dublin City Public Art Programme offers opportunities to create interconnections between public, art and the city.

Public Engagement
Commissioning Process and Selection
Submitting Proposals for Strand 2

The Dublin City Public Art Programme, launched in 2012, was the first programmatic approach to public art by Dublin City Council. The second Dublin City Public Art Programme will be in place for five years and will offer opportunities to create interconnections between art, public, and the city. The Programme has three strands PUBLIC + ART + CITY. Individually, these strands have distinct characteristics but when combined are intended to offer a cohesive approach to the new public art programme. The intention of the programme is to embrace the diversity of public art practice while being deeply committed to consultation and engagement with communities and localities. STRAND 2 - ART incorporates commissions undertaken with funding from the Per Cent for Art Scheme through the Department of the Housing, Local Government and Heritage and funding from Dublin City Council capital developments.


Dublin, while having the status of the capital city is also a city of communities and localities reaching from the inner city to outer suburbs. As the social geography of the capital has changed and developed in recent decades so have the demographics of the city.  There is a broad understanding of the term ‘communities’ which can include communities of practice, interest or place.  Artists are invited to propose commissions which make connections between communities and localities across the city.

It is the intention of the Dublin City Public Art Programme to offer opportunities across all art forms as defined in the Arts Act 2003; architecture, dance, film, literature, music, opera, poetry, street art, street spectacle and circus, theatre, verbal arts, and visual art; including all aspects of contemporary arts practice such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art, etc. The focus will be on new work and there is an openness to different ways of art-making and expression. In addition to the work of individual artists there is scope for collaborations, collective responses and interdisciplinary practices.

Commissions can be achieved through one-off interventions, residencies, collaborative projects, interdisciplinary responses, time based work, etc. In line with the principles of the Per Cent for Art Scheme, the proposed process must involve artists making new work as a central aspect of the commission. Curators, artistic directors and creative producers can also make proposals. This gives opportunities for proposals which reflect a wide range of contemporary art practices while also offering potential for the development of new ideas and projects.


Dublin City Council is committed to reinforcing the links between art commissions and public(s). In this spirit Dublin City Council will support a public engagement programme for each commission in the Public Art Programme. There is an understanding that not all practices and proposals for STRAND 2 – ART will incorporate public engagement as an element of the process in making and delivering the commission. In this case, commissioned artists and teams will be required to work with Dublin City Council in devising or advising on how a public engagement programme can be delivered alongside the commission.

An area-based approach
In order to ensure that STRAND 2 – ART commissions are not all concentrated in one part of the city, artists will be asked to indicate the type of place, context or situation in which they would like to work. The programme will be organised to spread the commissions across different areas of the city. The Arts Office (and where relevant other City Council staff) will be consulted in this process, as will shortlisted artists.  See map of Dublin City Council Areas in Appendix 1.

Dublin City Council is particularly conscious of the impact that the COVID 19 pandemic has had on artists and the arts sector. We understand that restrictions relating to the pandemic might remain in place for some time and that selected commissions will have to adhere to guidelines in place at the time of the production and realisation of the commission. However, it is intended and hoped that this call for proposals will offer a path for artists to create new work.


In recognition of the fact that art does not necessarily come in neatly bundled packages, there is flexibility for those making proposals. Artists or teams may request budgets of between €20,000 and €100,000. This gives scope for budgets to be related to the scale and nature of the proposed commission. Proposed budgets must include all costs relating to the individual commissions. See Submissions: Proposals below for more detailed information.

Funding from other sources can be added to the total funding requested from the Dublin City Public Art Programme but clear indication of the sources and methods of gaining these funds is required in Stage 1 submissions.   


Submissions for STRAND 2 – ART commissions can range from one-off interventions and events to longer, process-based proposals. Artists making proposals are asked to define the intended time frame for their art commission at the submission stage. While there will be scope for some flexibility, it is intended that commissions should be fulfilled within 18 months / two years of signing of contracts.

Selected commissions may be rolled out on a phased basis over the five-year lifespan of the Dublin City Public Art Programme.   

Documentation and Evaluation
Each commission will be comprehensively documented to facilitate public engagement and also as a legacy and record of the work. Ongoing evaluation of the programme will be undertaken to assess areas of achievement or potential improvement.

Copyright and Ownership
Copyright is in accordance with the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (No.28 of 2000). While copyright may vary for particular artforms, generally copyright will remain with the artist/s who devise the original ideas for the work. In the case of permanent public sculpture or structural work, Dublin City Council will own the physical artwork while the intellectual copyright will remain with the artist.


STRAND 2 - ART is organised as a two-stage open competition. The first stage invites submissions that outline the proposed commissions and how they will be created and brought to the public. Artists and teams will also be required to provide biographies of key team members and examples of previous work.  Further details of submission requirements are outlined below.

Stage 1
An initial selection process will be undertaken by public art specialists with extensive experience in assessing artists’ proposals and with understanding of the breadth and depth of public art commissioning practices across artforms. These specialists will select a long-list of proposals from the first stage submissions. This longlist will then be considered by a selection panel composed of further arts specialists, elected representatives, city officials and, where relevant, community representatives, who will shortlist up to ten proposals for further research and development.    

Stage 2
Shortlisted artists and teams will be invited to undertake further research and development of their proposals and fees will be paid for this work. Artists or teams selected for Stage 2 can be asked to specifically address certain ideas or issues in their proposals. This stage of development is primarily focused on refining the artistic proposal but is also used to demonstrate that the commission is feasible in terms of development and presentation, project management, technical and financial detail, etc.

Final Agreement
Artists or teams selected for commissions will be invited to agree and sign a contract with Dublin City Council before the commission proceeds. In preparation for this, artists or teams will agree the total fee and finances for the commission as well as a proposed time frame, work-plan and stages of payment for the commission, etc.

A briefing meeting will be arranged for interested artists, curators, creative producers and artistic directors. A question and answer session will form an important part of this meeting. The meeting will take place ONLINE or in The City Arts Office, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1 on Tuesday XX.XX.XXXX at 1.00 pm. The briefing will be filmed and posted online for availability on a national and international basis.  Booking for this event is essential. To book, log on to

[1]Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (No.28 of 2000)



Criteria for Stage 1
Proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality and originality
  • Nature of connection with community, context or locality   
  • Proposed process for the development and presentation of the commission
  • Technical feasibility
  • How the proposed budget relates to the nature of the commission
  • Capacity of the artist or team to develop, manage and deliver the project within the proposed time frame and within budget
  • Track record and potential of the artist or team

Artists or teams are welcome to submit queries to the Public Art Officer. Contact: The closing date for queries is XX.XX.XXXX at 12 noon.

Closing Date for Submissions
The closing date for Stage 1 proposals is Thursday XX.XX.XXXX at 4.00 pm.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


Submitting Proposals for Stage 1

Proposals may only be submitted online and uploaded to the Dublin City Council Arts Office website at . Please note that the maximum file size for each PDF is XXXXX 

Artists or teams should complete the online registration form plus provide the following information in three separate PDFs.

Registration Form

  • Contact details including: name, postal address, email address and phone number of the artist or team leader.
  • Title of Proposal.
  • Summary of Proposal: One line which describes what you want to do and why (approx. 50 words).
  • Summary Description: A 500 word outline of your project to be entered into the online form.     
  • Proposed Funding Request:  The amount requested from Dublin City Council to undertake the commission.

Proposal in PDF format to be no longer than four A4 pages using Calibri 12 point font size. This PDF must include text and where relevant: images and visuals; a maximum five links to video or audio content; specific pages on artist’s websites; etc.  The proposal should particularly focus on the following:

  • Artistic concept and intentions
  • Context or proposed nature of place/s for the proposed commission
  • Intended process/nature of presentation or intervention, etc. 2
  • How the commission will be achieved. This should include an outline of known / projected technical issues and how it is intended to address these. This aspect of the proposal should also identify creative risks involved in the proposed commission
  • Total value of proposed commission
  • Funding requested from Dublin City Council and elsewhere (if relevant)

Links to video or audio content should not exceed twenty (20) minutes in total length.

Proposed outline budget which should include, where relevant:

  • Artist’s/team member fees 3
  • Production Manager (where relevant)
  • Development costs
  • Production and presentation costs
  • Interaction with communities/localities
  • Insurances, and other related costs
  • Contingency at 5%   

It is Dublin City Council Policy that artists are paid equitably for work undertaken. 

Support Material in PDF format: Maximum of five examples of relevant work to be uploaded in one PDF. Links to audio recordings or video (maximum length 5 minutes each) including show-reels should be embedded into this PDF.

CV(s) or Biographies in PDF format. Summary biographies of team members and CVs (no longer than 3 pages per CV) to include all key members of the team if applicable. These CVs and Biographies should be uploaded in one PDF.




  1. Submissions may only be made online. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  3. Feedback will not be provided at Stage 1 due to the nature of the Open Competition.
  4. Assessors will not be asked to view or listen to more than a maximum of 20 minutes of media (audio or visual) files. Applicants should ensure that links to media files are in formats which are readily accessible, such as YouTube, Vimeo, mp3, mp4, etc.
  5. The selection panel, whose decision is final, has the right to clarify any issue which may arise in the course of selection.
  6. Artists may be asked to supply the names and contact details of referees as part of the selection process.
  7. Dublin City Council reserves the right not to award commissions and, in this instance, reserves the right to pursue other selection processes.
  8. Attendance at the Briefing Meeting, which is to be filmed, is taken as agreement to be included in the film either intentionally or incidentally.   


Terms and Conditions

  1. Commissioned artists or teams will agree and sign a contract between Dublin City Council before commencing the public art commission.
  2. Dublin City Council reserves the right to offer a financial fee which differs from that sought for in proposals.
  3. Teams who are awarded commissions will have to nominate one person who represents the team.
  4. The successful Artist/Team will be required to have the following insurances prior to contract signing and for the duration of the commission. Insurances must state that the policies are valid in the Republic of Ireland. 
    a. Public Liability with an indemnity to Dublin City Council insurance cover of €6.5 million any one occurrence with an indemnity to Dublin City Council, project partners etc.
    b. Employers Liability with an indemnity to Dublin City Council of €13 million any one occurrence where employees are engaged to work on the commission, project partners etc.
  5. The proposed commission and development process must comply with Health and Safety legislation. The successful submission will be subject to Health and Safety checks.
  6. Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection: Artists or teams interacting with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults as part of their commissions will be required to follow national policy and legislation and where applicable undergo training in this area, as per national requirements.
  7. The appointed artist or team will have to supply an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate or access number prior to signing of contract and for the duration of the commission.
  8. Applicants should note that all commissions awarded are VAT inclusive (whether VAT liability lies with the artist or with Dublin City Council as commissioner).
  9. Non-resident artists from EU and non-EU countries must be aware of any tax or VAT implications arising from the commission and ensure any costs arising from this are included in their proposed budget.
  10. Dublin City Council is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 1997, 2003. If you consider that any of the information supplied by you is either commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted and the reasons for the sensitivity specified. In such cases, the relevant material will, in response to the FOI request, be examined in the light of the exemptions provided for in the Acts.


GDPR Compliance
The purpose for processing the data you provide is for the selection of new public art commissions for the Dublin City Public Art Programme. The information you provide will be accessed by staff of Dublin City Arts Office and invited external specialists and may be shared with relevant Dublin City Council staff. Your information will be retained for 6 years if successful and 1 year if unsuccessful with your application. This process is being undertaken in accordance with the Arts Act 2003.

If you do not furnish the personal data requested, Dublin City Council will not be able to process your application. You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions, in relation to your personal data:

  • The right to access the personal data that we hold about you, together with other information about our processing of that personal data.
  • The right to require us to rectify any inaccuracies in your personal data.
  • The right to require us to erase your personal data.
  • The right to request that we no longer process your personal data for particular purposes.
  • The right to object to our use of your personal data or the way in which we process it.

Please note that to help protect your privacy; we take steps to verify your identity before granting access to personal data. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please submit a request to our Data Protection Officer outlining the specific details of the request: Email: Tel: 01 2223775. All valid requests will be processed without undue delay and in any event within one month of receipt of the request. This period may be extended by up to two further months where necessary.


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Selected Public Art Commissions:  2011 – 2019