Home on the Grange


Curator: Emmett Scanlon
Artists: Aisling McCoy & Paul Guinan
Community Partner: Hair-Salons and homes in the Grangegorman area
Dates: 2016 –
Website/Social Media: http://homeonthegrange.ie/; @homeonthegrangedublin    
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes


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Home on the Grange is a community-based public art project exploring aspects of homes and how people live in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. Specifically the project acknowledges homemaking as a creative act and Home on the Grange aims to harness this latent creativity of local inhabitant-participants to explore individual and collective domestic identities in Grangegorman.

Home on the Grange, by Emmett Scanlon, Aisling McCoy and in collaboration with Paul Guinan, explores aspects of the entire Grangegorman neighbourhood by focusing on something we have in common – the need for a place to make home. The artists and inhabitant-participants developed the work in tandem using visual, textual and graphical means.

This was a process-led public art project which evolved and developed over time and in collaboration with the artists and participants. During the course of the house visits, two publications were produced containing drawings, photographs and stories. The aim was to return this work to the inhabitants of Grangegorman as the work proceeded. A concert was held, Songs About Home. Aisling McCoy photographed all homes visited, generating a substantial record of lives lived in the area. This work was put on public display in five site specific installations across Grangegorman in October 2018 to conclude the project.

Read the press release on Home on the Grange here.


  • Artist Bios
    Emmett Scanlon

    Emmet is an architect. His work is concerned with the relationship between people and buildings and the role and purpose and impact of everyday lives. His practice ranges across building and spatial design, public art, exhibition making and curation, research, teaching and writing. In 2018 he was an Assistant to the Curators, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrel, for FREESPACE, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice. He is Assistant Professor at UCD School of Architecture.

    He is Architectural Advisor to the Arts Council and is both an advocate for opportunities and supports for architects to develop their creative practices and to access work and for greater inclusion of all people in discussions and processes of architecture design, production and use. Emmett is currently completing his PhD by research, entitled, What Do Houses Do All Day, a study into the some relationships between the Irish and their houses, at the TU Braunschweig, in Germany.

    Aisling McCoy

    Aisling is an Irish visual artist whose work looks at how we inhabit space. Her background as an architect is central to her practice, which investigates the conflict between architecture as an intellectual concept, created through images, and its translation into built form. She’s particularly interested in the ideological aspect of inhabitation and the role of both architecture and photography in constructing the ideal. A graduate of the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Aisling’s work has been exhibited internationally. She is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Award, TBG+S Project Studio Award, Belfast Exposed Futures and Institut Français Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Award. She has been a selected artist at PhotoIreland New Irish Works and Circulations Festival de la Jeune Photographie, has been shortlisted for the Kassel Photobook Festival Dummy Award and nominated for the Prix Pictet.

    Paul Guinan

    Paul is an Irish graphic designer. He works with a network of clients and collaborators on typographically-led communication, identity, exhibition and interface design projects. He was a co-founder of SET Collective (2013–2015), a group exploring the role of architecture in cinema through self-publishing and screening events. SET was part of the travelling Archizines exhibition, now housed in the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Since 2015 he has worked with FRANC, an independent journal mixing fashion editorial with literary content. FRANC has been awarded entry to the 100 Archive, an annual initiative recognising the best of Irish communication design. He is the owner-operator of Sunday Books, an online shop specialising in publications related to visual culture and critical theory.