The Glass Garden I & II

Lead Artist: Brian Cregan
Collaborators: Ann Curran, Anthony Haughey, Kate O’ Brien, TU Dublin Photography, Alisha                                   Doody; Oisin McFarland, Valerie Connor, Claire Behan, Billie Johnson
Community Partners: Aosóg Child and Family Project, Stoneybatter,                                                                             Step by Step Child and Family Project, Smithfield,
Medium: Photography, Visual Art
Website/Social Media:; @BAPhotoDIT
Date: Summers 2017 and 2018
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group,                                                                                  Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes
Cover image credit: Claire Behan 2018, The Glass Garden 2018

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The Glass Garden: An Artist Residency with Children from the Grangegorman area

Artist photographer Brian Cregan is working with a group of 12 children from the Grangegorman area, aged between 9 and 12, during a summer residency. It will focus on identity, environment and a sense of place through the medium of photography, video and visual art. The work will be  process led, encompassing collaboration and enquiry, integrating with the artist’s own practice and is hoped to continue as a long term engagement working with young people in the area.

The Glass Garden residency is part of  ‘…the lives we live’ pathway 2 that seeks to support artists working in partnership with local communities. Children from two local child and family projects Aosóg and Step by Step, in the nearby Smithfield and Stoneybatter areas, will be the participants in the project. The artist  will lead the project in collaboration with Geraldine Nugent and Paul Ring alongside other team members from the family projects. The children will reflect on the social heritage of the Grangegorman area and campus and its recent evolution. They will also engage with the physical landscape of the new urban quarter in close proximity to the city, river and surrounding mountains.

The project has been developed with Ann Curran and Anthony Haughey, lecturers of Photography in TU Dublin Grangegorman (DIT at the time.) The children will participate in a series of specially designed workshops with the artist in the new photography facility alongside TU Dublin Photography Technician Kate O’Brien and 2017 BA Photography graduate Alisha Doody.

Inspired by the Grangegorman Masterplan for development of the area, a camera will be used to engage the children on their journey of discovery to ‘reach out’ and explore their local community in transition, through art making, learning new skills and gaining experiences in the city and beyond. Some of the activities will include gallery visits, meeting artists, historical tours and photobook making. A small exhibition at the end of the residency, on the TU Dublin Grangegorman campus, will have the children sharing some of their experiences and artworks with family, friends and other members of their communities.



Following on from the success of 2017’s residency, artist/photographer Brian Cregan has returned to the TU Dublin Grangegorman campus with a group of children from the Stoneybatter area. Focussing on a theme of identity and belonging, the group have explored their neighbourhood through photography and visual art. Building on the success of last years residency we were delighted to secure funding again from Grangegorman Public Art.

Some of the children from last year have  returned in a mentoring capacity to work with younger members. According to project leader Geraldine Nugent of Aosóg some of the benefits of last years project were; ‘Children were engaged in the whole project. Concentration improved as did self esteem’.

The artist led the project in collaboration with Geraldine Nugent alongside other team members, Tracy Douglas and Chloe Gavin who is studying the Social Care BA at TU Dublin Grangegorman.

The project has been developed with Ann Curran, Anthony Haughey and Valerie Connor, lecturers at TU Dublin Photography, Grangegorman. Photography technician Kate O ’Brien has provided technical support and help facilitate workshops in the darkrooms and studios. Recent graduates Claire Behan and Billie Jonhson  BA (hons) programmes in Photography on the Grangegorman campus have also been involved in the project helping to facilitate workshops and document the project.

  • Artist Bios

    Brian Cregan is a lens based artist who explores the potential of photography to represent our relationship with landscape, natural history and the built environment.

    Working independently on commissions and and assignments he has successfully collaborated on numerous projects with other artists,curators, educators, designers and architects. He also exhibits his work nationally and internationally, most recently at Highlanes Gallery as part of Beyond the Pale:The Art of Revolution in 2016. His work as an educator is integrated into his practice and often forms the inspiration for new work.

    He has been designing and facilitating photography and visual arts workshops since graduating from the DIT Photography BA Programme in 2012, where he received first class honours and the DIT Photography medal for best student.

    He is a member of of the pioneering Arts in Education Teacher Artist Partnership initiative that is developing artist/teacher partnerships in schools in Ireland and seeks to enhance the role of arts education in the school curriculum.


    Ann Curran lectures in Photography and is Programme Chair of the BA Photography. She has a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Fine Art from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York. Her research is concerned with what Hal Foster defines as an archival impulse, that which seeks ‘to make historical information, often lost or displaced, physically present.’

    She has exhibited in Ireland and the U.S. She was formerly the Assistant Coordinator for the Media Center at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester New York. She was the Coordinator of the Central New York Programmers Group based at Cornell University and was active in bringing both documentary and experimental film/video makers to the upstate New York media centre and college circuit.


    Anthony Haughey is an artist and a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology where he supervises practice-based PhD’s. CTMP website. He was a Research Fellow (2005-8) at the Interface Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design at the University of Ulster Belfast, where he completed a PhD in 2009. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently Uncovering History, curated by Camera Austria in Kunsthaus Graz, Excavation in Limerick City Gallery, where he premiered his new film, Unresolved, twenty years after the Srebrenica genocide, Making History, Colombo Art Biennale (2014), Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast (2014), Settlement in Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland: 30 years of photography in the MAC and Belfast Exposed

  • Community Partner Bios

    Geraldine Nugent has been working with children and their families since graduating from UCD in 1983. She has  worked and managed residential units for teenagers 1983-1988, before she became a Youth Worker for disadvantaged youth in 1988.  After working in other areas of childcare she became the first Project Leader with Aosog Child and Family Project in 1997, and has been there for 15 of the 20 years the Project has been running in the Stoneybatter area. Since 1983 she has continued in education, parenting training, Early Childhood education, Youth Leadership and Management, Personnel Management to name a few.

    Over the years as Project Leader, she has supported children in the arts through drama, music, crafts and art, and has worked closely with the Education Department in Collins Barracks, the CYAG for several community arts events (games of 1916, Halloween) and Aontas events 2001-2006.


    Paul Ring began his career with Sallynoggin SCP working with both primary and post primary children. Paul was in this position for 4 years. Following on Paul coordinated and ran a youth centre in Bray for 1 year before coordinating Bray New Directions Project- a youth diversion project- for 8 years. Paul currently coordinates Step by Step Child and Family Project, working with children between the ages of 5-12 and their families.

    Paul has an honours degree in humanities, (psychology/ sociology) and post-graduate diplomas in counselling and youth justice.


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