The Public Art Working Group (PAWG) was set up at the end of 2013 to implement the recommendations set out in the Grangegorman Arts Strategy. The aim of the PAWG is to build and connect with a diversity of artists and arts practices which will complement national arts policy and leave a lasting legacy in Grangegorman. The group consists of a range of experts from the world of art, architecture, and public services.

The members of the group are:
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.


Kieran Corcoran, Head of the School of Creative Arts, Technological University Dublin

Kieran Corcoran is Head of the Dublin School of Creative Arts in TU Dublin .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).

Derek Dockrell, Architectural Advisor for Health Service Executive (HSE)

Derek is a Registered Architect and a Fellow of the RIAI. He has worked in private practice and the public service delivering award winning projects for clients. He has been involved in the redevelopment of Grangegorman for the HSE  since 2010 including on the Planning Scheme, the Phoenix Care Centre, the Primary Care Centre and the Site Infrastructure and Public Realm project.

As an architect, Derek worked on the first phase of IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham completing research into art galleries and venues. He has advised public bodies, corporate and private clients on art policies, programmes commissions and collections; he has also managed commissions and facilitated artists through a variety of processes. He has also collaborated with artists and curators on a range of projects.


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 ( 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


Robert Ballagh, Artist and Community Representative


Terry Prendergast, Planner