Three New Public Art Opportunities Announced for Grangegorman

Open Call for Artists/Curators commences

Application deadline: Midday Friday 30th August 2019

 ‘…the lives we live’1 Grangegorman Public Art invites artists and curators to apply for one of three art commission opportunities associated with three distinct building projects currently in development at Grangegorman.

The stakeholders for these buildings, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT), are seeking tangible art that holds a lasting presence in these venues once they are completed. It is hoped that these three new art works or interventions will significantly contribute to an enrichment of the social environment and attract interaction between people and place.

The three art commissions are entirely different in nature, purpose, design and end user requirements. They are the Central Quad and West Quad for TU Dublin and the Residential Care Neighbourhood for the HSE.

Speaking about this exciting opportunity, Chair of the Public Art Working Group Ciarán Benson said, “The Grangegorman Public Art Working Group is delighted to offer three major commissions for Dublin’s extensive new urban quarter. These exciting commissions offer artists an unusually early opportunity to work closely with distinguished architects in the realisation of distinctively different buildings with diverse functions and varied users. We look forward to the artistic responses to these architectural, artistic and social challenges.”

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. Once appointed, Artists will agree an outline contract with the Grangegorman Development Agency and then lead in developing ideas in collaboration with the client, end users and Design Team. Artists/curators will be expected to work within the time-frame related to the build and to share some aspect of the undertaken project at the Grangegorman International Public Art Conference in October 2020. Ideas may be for new or existing work.

The resulting tangible art will be situated in response to the build. In keeping with the Grangegorman Arts Strategy (2012), the ambition behind these opportunities to achieve a high standard of contemporary art with relevant aesthetic and social nuances for Grangegorman, and for public art in Ireland.

There will be a Q&A session with presentations from the Design Teams for each of the three builds at Grangegorman on 19th June. The closing date for applications is Friday 30th August.


See Information Brief here to apply

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