Public Art Commissions - Current
Dublin City Public Art Programme supports artists working in all artforms, and all forms of expression, permanent, temporary and time-based.
The Public Art Programme offers opportunities for artists to engage with the city, making new work that responds to the context of Dublin as capital of Ireland, international city, and city of communities and localities. The Programme intends to create connections and collaboration between different areas of the city council’s work and interconnection between art, city and the public.
Voices of Memory
By Christina Kubisch
A riverside sound art installation in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.
The Goethe-Institut Irland, in partnership with Dublin City Council, through the support of the OPW and the Trustees of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, is commissioning a sound artwork by internationally renowned artist Christina Kubisch. Located along the banks of the River Liffey at the Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, Voices of Memory is a contemporary remembrance of the more than 49,000 Irish people who died in the First World War. In 1923, these names were published in Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-1918. Consisting of eight volumes, these records, beautifully designed and illustrated by Irish artist Harry Clarke, are housed nearby in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.
Almost the entire list of these names was read by volunteers of different ages and accents from across Ireland. The sound installation is based on the flow of these male and female voices playing over the banks of the river. Playing over four speakers by the river the piece also incorporates contemporary sounds of the River Liffey that were recorded with the use of a hydrophone (underwater microphone).The installation will be on display from 30th June 2016 from 12-8pm until the end of September. The opening will symbolically coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme (July 1st 1916). For more information visit: www.goethe.de/voicesofmemory
Public Art Commission in The Liberties
Dublin City Council, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, is seeking applications from interested parties for a public art commission in The Liberties area of Dublin. This is a two stage open competition aimed at any artist who is interested in making proposals for a series engaging sculptural flagstones to be located along the thoroughfare that runs from High Street to James Street in Dublin 8. These works form part of a programme of public realm improvements to these streets which are now part of The Dubline – a major discovery trail through the city. The total amount available for this commission is € 75,000 including VAT. This amount is fully inclusive of all costs including fees to the artist, any necessary research, production/realisation, insurance, documentation and VAT. All short-listed artists will be paid an honorarium of €1,000 for completing the stage 2 submission / application process.
Deadline Stage 1 was June 9th 2016. Applications can no longer be accepted, Shortlisted Artists have now been contacted. To download the brief please click here.
Kevin Street Library Public Art Commission
Dublin City Council Public Art Programme is pleased to announce that Alan Phelan has been selected as the artist to carry out the Kevin’s Street Public Library Public Art Commission.
Following consultation with Dublin City Council Libraries Service and the architect leading the renovation of the library, it was decided that a permanent visual artwork be commissioned to be displayed within the Kevin Street library’s interior. The artist was selected through limited competition with nominations for a long-list from two external visual arts curators and the Arts Office. Alan Phelan’s proposal was selected by the final selection panel which included representatives of the Libraries and Archive Services, City Architects, Arts Office, Public Art Manager and an external art expert. His proposal was selected for the excellence of the artwork, its direct connection to the library and an interest in working with library staff in the final development of the artwork.
Continuous Drift, an interactive public artwork by Dublin-based artist Sven Anderson, is a sound installation integrated into the giant ‘umbrellas’ in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar which is controlled by members of the public through their mobile phones.
Anyone entering the square can use their phone to change the sounds projected into MHQ through the project site, www.continuousdrift.com where they select different ‘sonic atmospheres’ that will play back in the space, for everyone to hear. These atmospheres are sound works that Anderson commissioned from 21 other artists and collectives, both Irish and international*. Each piece is an artwork in itself and they range from environmental recordings of far-away places, to delicate ambient music, to spoken texts, some lasting a mere 45 seconds and others over an hour.
Continuous Drift was expanded in Spring 2016 to include newly commissioned works. The six new additions, subtitled 'An Introduction to Work and Energy', was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Curator Residence Scheme.
Dublin Ships is a commission by artist Cliona Harmey which displays in ‘real time’ the names of ships entering and leaving Dublin Port. The display changes as ships enter and leave Dublin Port, giving an insight into the shipping traffic and activity in the port, which for many citizens and visitors, is a hidden but vital element of our capital city.
The public installation on the Scherzer Bridges on the North Quay was taken down in December 2015. However, live streaming continues on Twitter under the handle @dubships and the pdf of the website related to the commission is still available for viewing here.