Grangegorman Public Art



‘…the lives we live’grangegorman public art marks the beginning of a new phase of major public arts opportunities within the Grangegorman redevelopment.



Drawing from the Grangegorman Arts Strategy (2012), ‘…the lives we live’1 Grangegorman Public Art programme was launched in September 2015. It is designed to be comprehensive and consists of six diverse but complementary art pathways. The core vision of the Arts Strategy is to connect ambitious art and artists with Grangegorman’s past and futures in ways which meaningfully contribute to the cultures and sub-cultures at play. The aim of the Grangegorman Public Art programme is to support the ongoing commissioning of artworks which have the imaginative potential to address the possibilities of this context and which build a legacy into the future.


‘…the lives we live’ are the last four words from Derek Mahon’s poem ‘Dreams of a Summer Night’. It was felt that this phrase crystalized the hopes for this project and have been adopted as the ‘spirit’ of the programme. Very many lives, across the full spectrum of humanity have woven the texture for the word ‘Grangegorman’ into the consciousness of Dubliners, and into the lexicon of those further afield. In a far more humanly expansive way, we hope that the new meanings planned for the word ‘Grangegorman’ will provide enjoyment and expansion for those who will live, work and study in this transforming area, as well as for those who currently living and will visit this vibrant city quarter.

By providing six pathways, the intent is to provide artists and those wishing to participate with an overview and choice of entry into the programme. While the pathways do not vary in ambition, they do vary in scale, time, structure and intent.


To find out more about the programme or to register interest for any of our public art events email and like our Facebook page here.


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


  • OVERVIEW: six pathways

    The aim of Grangegorman Public Art is to enable artists, art-workers and communities to contribute to the transformation of ‘Grangegorman’, both as an idea and as a place. It is hoped that this will be just the beginning of a long-term commitment to integrating art into the living fabric of this emerging and exciting part of Dublin. Whether individually, or collectively, Grangegorman Public Art is delighted to invite artists and art-workers to consider participating in one, or more, of the six pathways outlined below. These are designed to facilitate a wide range of ideas that will add to the distinctiveness of the area, whether to do with its past history or with its emerging and promised future. The governing aim is for the highest standards of art and engagement.

    • Pathway 1: Major Visual Art Commission  |click here
    • Pathway 2: Community Based Projects/Events  |click here
    • Pathway 3: Cultural Mapping Project  |click here
    • Pathway 4: Creative Agents Initiative  |click here
    • Pathway 5: International Public Art Conference  |click here
    • Pathway 6: Lending & Acquisitions Policies  |click here

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  • '...the lives we live' NEWS
    • Community Public Art Seminar

    There will be a public seminar on some of the projects from the Community strand of the Grangegorman Public Art programme on 18th October in St Laurence’s Church. The event will run from 7pm – 9pm and all are invited to attend.

    Speakers at the event to be confirmed.


    Information on all 12 projects under Pathway 2 will also be available.

    Please RSVP to as spaces are limited.


    • Pathway 2: Community Projects – ROUND 4

    Following the success of the Community Based Pathway of the Grangegorman Public Art programme, the Grangegorman Public Art Working Group is pleased to announce a new Open Call for submissions for artists working with, OR to work with, communities of the Grangegorman Project. Artists who wish to apply MUST register interest with the public art programme (email this form to ) before the submission brief can be issued.

    The deadline for submissions is 24th November 2017
    There will be a Q&A session with artists hoping to apply on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 11am


    See the PROJECTS section above for community based projects under this programme to date.


    • Incarceration Altars launch

    Artist Bernie Masterson is holding a public exhibition and book launch on the Incarceration Altars project on the Grangegorman campus from 11th October – 20th October 2017. The project was undertaken in collaboration with residents of Mountjoy Prison Campus and investigates the relationship between person, place and object through prisoners’ view of identity.

    Incarceration Altars is part of Pathway 2: Community Based Projects of ‘…the lives we live’ programme.

    Read more about Incarceration Altars here.



    IMG_9726_smallInstallation of Green Centaur

    1st September 2017


    As part of Pathway 6′s Lending Initiative, DIT graduate George Warren’s fantastic piece ‘Green Centaur’ was installed in the Greenway Hub on the Grangegorman campus on 1st September. The piece is on loan from the OPW to DIT. It can be viewed in the foyer of the Greenway Hub.

    For more information on the piece see the project page here | Green Centaur

    View the video of the installation below.



    IMG_8774_2Wear a Bonnet: Living Art Installation

    3rd March 2017


    Australian artist Christina Henri’s ‘Wear A Bonnet – A Living Art Installation’ took place in Grangegorman as a remembrance to the thousands of women who were transported from Ireland to Tasmania through the Richmond Penitentiary, now known as the Clock Tower Building in Grangegorman. The occasion mirrored an event the artist also organised in Hobart, where the women disembarked in Tasmania. Participants were asked to don specially made bonnets which symbolised the transported women and children.

    There were descendants’ stories from Rhonda Lynch and Debbie Biglin who travelled from Australia especially for the event. The event took the form of a large crowd photograph with many local schools and groups from all over Ireland taking part. RTÉ’s Nationwide were also present to record the event.



    Songs_About_Home_titleSongs About Home

    15th October 2016


    The Home on the Grange team hosted a musical evening called Songs About Home  as part of Open House Dublin 2016. The event took place on Saturday, 15th October in St Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman campus.  An exhibition on the Home on the Grange project also ran throughout the Open House weekend in Lyon Loring, 50A Manor Street.

    For more information on this event and the Home on the Grange project  | click here



    IMG_6064 Cultural Agents in Local Community Seminar

    10th June 2016


    On Friday 10th June, eminent Harvard Professor Doris Sommer came to Grangegorman to present the concept of Pre-texts to a captive audience of educators, artists and decision makers from around the country.

    During the session Sommer introduced her participants to a piece of text which they then creatively examined and explored through as series of activities from drawing pictures, putting a musical score to the piece and playing charades.

    Read more about this event and Pre-texts here | Texts Fun & Creativity in Grangegorman



    the_axe_and_the_waving_girlInstallation of The Axe (and the waving girl)

    23th May 2016


    On Monday 23rd May a fantastic new piece of art was carefully put in place in Grangegorman. ‘The Axe (and the waving girl)’ by Alice Maher has been given on loan by The Irish Museum of Modern Art to Grangegorman and is the first piece of art to be put in place as part of ‘…the lives we live’ public art programme.

    The piece is located outside the main entrance of the Greenway Hub at the top of the Cultural Garden and is on loan to Grangegorman for a minimum of 3 years.

    For more on Alice Maher’s piece, see the project page here  | The Axe (and the waving girl)



    Art Launch‘…the lives we live’Grangegorman Public Art Launch

    15th September 2015


    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.


    • 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 ( 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.

  • Grangegorman Public Art Publications

    ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art Booklet 2015

    The aim of Grangegorman Public Art is to enable artists, art-workers and communities to contribute to the transformation of ‘Grangegorman’, both as an idea and as a place. It is hoped that this will be just the beginning of a long-term commitment to integrating art into the living fabric of this emerging and exciting part of Dublin. Whether individually, or collectively, Grangegorman Public Art is delighted to invite artists and art-workers to consider participating in one, or more, of the six pathways outlined in the programme booklet.

    ‘…the lives we live’ programme booklet


    Grangegorman Arts Strategy 2012

    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.

    Grangegorman Arts Strategy


  • Gallery

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