‘…the lives we live’1 grangegorman public art

‘…the lives we live’1 grangegorman public art marks the beginning of a new phase of major public arts opportunities within Grangegorman, Dublin City’s newest urban quarter. Launched in September 2015, it is designed to be comprehensive and, so far, consists of six diverse but complementary art pathways. If you wish to register interest in any of the pathways, please see The Process section. The Booklet below provides introductory information on the overall public art programme.

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All relevant information is contained in the booklet. For further queries contact 01 4024140 or
e-mail public.art@ggda.ie.

1 Extract from ‘Dreams of a Summer Night’, New Collected Poems (2011), by kind permission of the author, Derek Mahon, and The Gallery Press.


 Community art projects slideshow

Pathway 2 of ‘…the lives we live’1 is community art projects. As part of this 3 rounds of calls have been carried out. From these calls over 20 artists and community groups have been commissioned to do a wide variety of art projects. This video gives just a flavour of some of these.

  • The Process

    The Process

    Each pathway has its own timescale. In general, applicants will be asked to engage with the qualities and features of the Grangegorman site, and its hinterland. Each pathway will also have its own selection panel and this panel’s role will be to make recommendations to the Public Art Working Group (PAWG). The PAWG will make the final selection and recommend to the GDA. The GDA will in turn enter into contracts to enable the commissioning of the selected proposal.

    Applicants are initially required to complete an application form to register interest in any of the pathways.

    Download Register of Interest Application Form Here

    Please note: You must complete and return the above form in order to receive the briefs for any of the pathways. Proposals received from unregistered applicants will not be considered.

  • Grangegorman Public Art Launch Video

    Launch Video

    We captured the ‘…the lives we live’ launch on video for all to see. The evening kicked off with a series of talks by various experts on Grangegorman, health, education, art and the surrounding community. This was followed by some performances and speeches to officially launch the Grangegorman public art programme. A list of the various speakers and performers is given below along with the time in the video they begin.

    • Ms. Terry Prendergast, GDA Senior Planner – 1:12
    • Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean, GradCAM, DIT – 11:15
    • Ms. Una Sugrue, GDA Senior Conservation Architect – 20:55
    • Mr. Mel MacGiobúin, Local Coordinator – 34.40
    • Prof. Brendan Kelly, Department of Psychology, UCD & HSE – 42.45
    • Ms. Sarah Searson, Director, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon – 50:35
    • Welcome Song – Emeka Okakpu and Paul Johnston – 59:20
    • Mr. Michael Hand, CEO Grangegorman Development Agency – 1:06:12
    • Mr Ciaran Benson, Chair, Grangegorman Public Art Working Group – 1:12:45
    • ‘You Out There Change it’ – Bradog Regional Youth Service –  1:28:11

    Mozart’s ‘Oboe Concerto K. 314′ – Keith Scully and Kevin Corcoran – 1:37:22


  • Public Art Working Group


    • Ciarán Benson, Chair

    Ciarán Benson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University College Dublin. Currently he is Chairman of Poetry Ireland and of The Irish Museums Trust. Previously he was Chairman of An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council (1993 – 1998), The Irish Film Institute, and the original City Arts Centre. He is a member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA).


    • Jenny Haughton, Public Art Coordinator

    Jenny has been appointed as the Public Art Coordinator to the GDA and will work with the Public Art Working Group to implement the Grangegorman Arts Strategy. Jenny was Public Art Adviser to the Arts Council and has been involved in public art commissioning throughout Ireland. She was a Founder Director of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and has been National Coordinator  of Ireland’s participation at the Art Biennales on a number of occasions. She has also worked as an Independent Assessor with Creative Europe.


    • Anita Groener, Artist

    Based in Ireland, since 1982, Dutch-born Anita Groener is an established artist, with an international reputation. She makes monumental site-specific drawings, paintings, film and animation that she exhibits internationally. In 2005 she was elected a member of Aosdána. Until 2014 she was senior lecturer in painting and drawing at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004-2006. Her work is represented in the collection of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, State Art Collection Ireland OPW, ABN AMRO Bank, Lease Plan Nederland NV, The National Drawing Archive, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, The Law Library and Ulster Bank among others. Anita holds a Masters degree from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnheim in The Netherlands. www.anitagroener.com


    • Kieran Corcoran, DIT School of Creative Arts

    Kieran Corcoran is Head of the Dublin School of Creative Arts in the Dublin Institute of Technology .He is a founder member and former Chairman of the Galway Arts Festival. As Visual Arts Coordinator for the Galway Arts Festival (1983-2000) he has organized over 150 exhibitions by Irish and international artists including major retrospective exhibitions for Brian Bourke, John Behan and Sean Mac Sweeney as well as major solo shows by Patrick Graham and Patrick O’Reilly. International exhibitions include among others, shows by Hans Burkhardt (USA), Jorge De Bon (FR), Kathe Kollwitz (Ger), Waldemar Otto (Ger), Mark Tobey (USA) and Ed Ruscha (USA). He served as a Board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 1995 -2000.

    In 2002 he organized the 7th Bi-annual conference of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) in Dublin and was elected to the board of ELIA, an international organization representing over 300 art schools and universities from 47 countries. He subsequently became Treasurer of ELIA in 2006 and was elected as President of ELIA at the 11th biannual ELIA conference in Vienna in 2010 and re-elected as President of ELIA in 2012. He has edited and coauthored a number of publications on art education including Interartes: Tapping into the Potential of Higher Arts Education in Europe (2008), Peer Power: Artesnet (2010), Art Futures: Current Issues in Higher Arts Education (2010) and Art Futures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education (2013).


    • Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator at Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

    Christina Kennedy is Senior Curator: Head of Collections at IMMA since 2007.  She has co/curated, edited  and contributed to numerous exhibition publications including; Patrick Scott: Image Space Light, 2014;

    Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art and Francis Bacon’s Studio, 2013;  The Moderns, 2011;  Post-War American Art: The Novak/O’Doherty Collection, 2010;  The Burial of Patrick Ireland,2008;

    The Studio, 2007; Beyond the White Cube: A retrospective of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland, 2006.

    She has secured/overseen various donations to the National Collections and the launch of the IMMA Collection online.

    Prior to working at IMMA, she was Head of Exhibitions at Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, 1997-2007.


    • Jacquie Moore, Office of Public Works (OPW)

     Jacquie is Deputy Art Adviser in the Office of Public Works (OPW) based in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Since 1999, she has had responsibility for the management of the State art collection which consists of over 16,00 artworks and decorative objects (historic and contemporary) located in over 400 OPW managed properties throughout Ireland.   She is a member of the OPW Art Management Group which oversees  the implementation of the Government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme in all OPW capital projects.   She represented OPW on the Inter-Departmental Public Art Co-ordination Group which involved the formulation of the National Guidelines on Public Art (2004).  She has managed numerous public art competitions nationwide in collaboration with partners in other Government Departments, local authorities, and arts organisations.


    • John Mitchell, Director, DMOD Architects

    John Mitchell is an architect in private practice.  A graduate of DIT in 1978, he was the co-founder of Duffy Mitchell O’Donoghue Architects (DMOD.ie) in 1989.  He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and is currently Chair of the Practice Committee.  With James O’Connor of Moore Rubell Yudell, DMOD won the international competition for the new campus at Grangegorman and he has been centrally involved in many aspects of the project from masterplanning through planning to delivery of the recently completed first phase of the Public Realm project over the last seven years.


    • Eleanor Masterson, Health Service Executive


    • Ronan Doyle, GDA Communications

    Ronan has been with the Grangegorman Development Agency as the Communications Officer since 2008. Prior to that he was the communications officer with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd.


    • Robert Ballagh, Community Representative




  • Grangegorman Art Strategy

    As part of the development of the Strategic Plan for the Grangegorman project a commitment was made to complete and implement a public arts strategy for the life of the project. The GDA procured Ms. Sarah Searson and Ms. Claire Nidecker who began working on the strategy at the end of 2011. It was adopted by the Agency at the end of 2012.

    A lengthy research and consultation process was undertaken as part of the development of the document and all of this has led to a great strategy which we look forward to implementing as the project progresses.

    The document is available here| download PDF

    As per the Strategy a Public Art Working Group has been selected and has begun to implement the arts project.