Launch of ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art Book 2020

The Grangegorman Public Art Working Group (PAWG) is pleased to announce the launch of ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art Book. The book is a collection of experiences, perspectives and stories, beautifully recounted through visuals and texts by the artists, collaborators, and stakeholders who have engaged in the last 5 years of this phase of the Public Art programme at Grangegorman.

Since 2015, ‘…the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art has supported more than 30 public art commissions, ongoing projects and initiatives involving over 60 artists/groups and 50 organisations. To date, this has included contributing to 17 community-based projects where artists have worked with community partners within the Grangegorman project and the wider neighbourhood. It also includes 4 context-specific art commissions and the lending of artworks that are on public display. Enter full-screen mode to read an online version of the Book below.


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Open Call for Three New Art Opportunities

‘…the lives we live’ is currently inviting artists and curators to apply for one of three art commission opportunities associated with three distinct building projects currently in development at Grangegorman. This is a One-Stage-Only Open Competition enabling artists/curators to engage with the various architects and end-users in the development of proposals.

Q&A session is taking place on 19th June.

The closing date for applications was midday Friday 30th August 2019.

To view the Artist Brief see here


Artist Garrett Phelan winner of International Competition to make legacy Sculpture for Grangegorman

On 11th June 2019, the GDA and Public Art Working Group announced of the winner of international competition for legacy sculpture for Grangegorman as artist Garrett Phelan. Read the full press release here.


Old Stories Brought to Life in a Unique new Walking Tour Experience in Stoneybatter

‘One Hour Archive’ was officially launched on Wednesday 29th May in Grangegorman and is yet another inclusive public art project for Dublin 7 which was funded through ‘…the lives we live’. Artist Louis Haugh approached the senior residents of Stoneybatter through Alice FitzHarris founder of the local Tuesday Club and their conversations culminated in a walking tour around Stoneybatter, where the participants will be accompanied by the voices and stories of the senior residents. The tour is accessed by downloading the ‘Pocketsights’ app to your smartphone. Read the full press release here.


Confinement public art film to screen at Dublin International Film Festival

Confinement, a 30 minute public art film by Trish McAdam is being shown publicly as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, with two screenings taking place in the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. The dates for these screenings are Friday 22nd February at 6.30pm and Friday 1st March at 11am. Find out more here.


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 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 Pathway 2 here for all 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.