Pathway 2: Community Based Projects

This pathway is intended to focus on building partnerships and collaborations between artists and communities within the Grangegorman Project and surrounding areas. Within the 3 rounds of open calls to date, ‘…the lives we live’ programme has commissioned 12 projects which involve over 20 artists and community partners. Below is a snapshot from some of these projects in images with much more to come.


The Public Art Working Group’s objective is to provide support critical support to artists and organisations working collaboratively on projects that engage and include local communities in imaginative ways.

There have been four rounds and a total of seventeen projects have been supported.


The following projects have or are taking place:


  • Incarceration Altars

    ‘Incarceration Altars’: Artist Bernie Masterson in collaboration with residents from the Mountjoy Campus. This project investigates the relationship between person, place and object through a series of images and prisoners’ narrative that contextualise the different worlds of prison identity and private identity. The exhibition and accompanying book will be launched in autumn 2017 and are available to tour.

    Visit the project page here.

  • I’ll be in Your Camp: Will you be in Mine?

    ‘I’ll be in Your Camp: Will you be in Mine?’: was curated by artist Jennie Guy within her independent curatorial framework Art School. This project took place during spring term in 2017. It provided a platform for a unique conversation between the transition year students at ‘The Brunner’ (St. Paul’s CBS, Dublin 7), and artists Karl Burke and Naomi Sex, who both lecture in DIT.

    Visit the project page here.

  • The Masterplan

    ‘The Masterplan’, curated by Jennie Guy working with artists John Beattie and Ella de Burca explores the educational environment of young people in the 21st century. This multifaceted and interdisciplinary project involving film, performance, discussion and workshops took place during 2016 with students in Dublin 7 Education Together National School and has resulted in a range of outputs, including a documentary film that was screened in the nearby Lighthouse Cinema and accompanied by a text written by artist Brian Fay.

    Visit the project page here.

  • Breaking Down the Walls

    ‘Breaking Down the Walls’ was led by the Theatre and Film Company Smashing Times in partnership with Aspire – Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, St. Paul’s CBS Secondary School, Henrietta Adult and Community Education Service, and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. The focus was about breaking down walls and building creative connections within and between communities, exploring intersections between history, community, positive mental health, gender equality, human rights and inclusion.  Workshops were held in autumn 2017 followed by a theatre presentation, resulting in an online digital media booklet.

    Further information to come.

  • City of Dublin Winter Solstice Festival 2016

    ‘City of Dublin Winter Solstice’ was produced by Smashing Times Theatre Company in collaboration with Sli an Chroi and hosted by the DIT. It took place on the Grangegorman campus for the first time in December 2016 with workshops for all ages, a ceili and parade to Smithfield Square. This event will be returning to Grangegorman in December 2017.

    Visit the project page here.

  • One Hour Archive

    ‘One Hour Archive’ is led by the artist Louis Haugh working with senior residents in An Siol. This archive captures the lively stories, memories and folklore of those who have lived their lives in close proximity to Grangegorman. Completion date, 2017.

    Visit the project page here.

  • Confinement – A rear view

    ‘Confinement – A rear view’ is an imaginative film created by artist Trish McAdam in collaboration with Marc Sherwin, Marin Clancy and Paul Caviston and Orla Barry. The film is based on the layering of maps, changes and journeys across generations in Grangegorman. Narrated through the voice of Russian artist and dancer Tony Rudenko who lived in nearby Henrietta Street, this film captures fragments that cut through the architectural, sociopolitical, psychological happenings of the area and are presented in handdrawn, animated charcoal drawings, live action, photography and motion graphics with an original music score.  Completion date, 2017.

    Visit the project page here.

  • To be. To wallow. To wonder.

    ‘To be. To wallow. To wonder’ is led by artist Maree Hensey in collaboration with Kids’ Own Publishing and comprises research and development of a programme with students and staff of D.I.T. Early Childhood Education. The project commences in autumn 2017 and runs into 2018.

    Visit the project page here.

  • Grown Home

    ‘Grown Home’ explores the historical and contemporary landscape of Grangegorman through a culinary lens, resulting in a digital art intervention in the form of an App. Key collaborators Clare Anne O’Keefe and Hilary Murray are engaging locally within Grangegorman to test and research content for this project during 2017-18.

    Visit the project page here.

  • Home on the Grange

    ‘Home on the Grange’ is led by architect/curator Emmet Scanlon, photographer Aisling McCoy and made in collaboration with graphic designer Paul Guinan. Engaging with people, places and through the network of hair salons in the area, the collaborative team are seeking to harness out latent but often unacknowledged creativity in home-making. The project has resulted in the first of three publications, an evening of songs about home and continues through 2017.

    Visit the project page here.

  • The Glass Garden

    The Glass Garden’ was a summer residency led by Brian Cregan working with a group of 12 children aged between 9 and 12 from the family projects Aosog and Step by Step in the nearby Smithfield and Stoneybatter areas.  Utilising the DIT School of Photography, this project provided young people locally with an introduction to the world of image-making, a chance to learn skills in image-taking and laboratory work, and opportunities to explore the arts environment of Dublin from the Irish Museum of Modern Art to Garrett Phelan’s The Hide in Fingal and the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The project was exhibited in the North House in August 2017. There is a video documentary of the project available.

    Visit the project page here.

  • International Residency

    ‘International Residency’ is an initiative by Create in partnership with Brokentalkers that will commence in 2017 and run through to mid 2018.  Brokentalkers are an award winning Dublin based theatre company which has built a reputation as one of Ireland most innovative and original theatre companies by making formally ambitious work that defies categorisation.

    Further information to come.