Opportunities | 06 July 2020

Kildonan Park public art commission - open competition

Kildonan Park public art commission - open competition
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A Sculpture Dublin & Dublin City Council Culture Company Public Art Commission

Dublin City Council Culture Company is delighted to partner with Sculpture Dublin (an initiative of Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Service) on a new public art commission to be developed as part of the planned redevelopment of Kildonan Park in Finglas West, Dublin 11.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for this new commission as part of an open competition.

As part of this public art commission Dublin City Council Culture Company will provide an opportunity for an artist to be facilitated through its engagement process, integrating public engagement more fully into the creation of an artwork for the local community.

About the project

Plans are in place to develop Kildonan Park in Finglas into a fully-accessible public park for all members of the local community to use. It is planned to site a public art sculpture in the park as part of that development.

The Culture Company conducts regular, open consultation sessions with local communities across the city. Through this way of working an artist will be supported through the Kildonan Park commission to integrate local public engagement into the commissioning process in the form of workshops and other ways to engage with some of the themes and issues that emerged from these new and previous engagements. This process is aimed at involving local residents and stakeholders in the development of ideas, decision-making processes and the realisation of the final artwork.

A site visit and Q&A session for interested artists will take place at Kildonan Park, the proposed site of the commission, at 12 noon on 28 August 2020.

How to apply

Proposals are being sought through a two-stage, open competition process through the City Arts Office.

Artists are invited to submit a proposal that responds to the development of Kildonan Park, specifically, and to the broader context of present-day Finglas. Proposal should set out an approach to the development of a co-created sculpture for the park that will include local residents and communities in the making and thinking around what the final artwork might be.

The proposal for Stage One should specify why you are interested in this commission, and why you feel your practice is best suited to this particular brief. The proposal should also demonstrate your experience of creating original, high quality artworks for public contexts, and of working through consultation-based / engagement-based / collaborative processes. A willingness to enter into a working partnership with the key stakeholders and a commitment to creating a significant, permanent, public artwork are core considerations in this brief.

The Kildonan Park commissioning process will involve a number of phases:

· Phase 1 – Stage One Submissions

· Phase 2 – Shortlisted artists work in collaboration with the Culture Company to facilitate a creative consultation and engagement process with local community stakeholders and the park’s design team.

· Phase 3 – Stage Two Submissions

· Phase 4 – Selection of commissioned artist and production of final artwork

For Phase 2, up to three shortlisted artists will be engaged by Sculpture Dublin to collaborate with the Culture Company in facilitating a programme of locally-based, creative engagements which will inform their Stage Two submissions.

Each artist will be offered a contract and fee of €3,000 to facilitate a short project in the community (6-8 weeks duration) to explore ideas around what the completed sculpture could be. The artists’ role will be to engage participants in a process of creative exploration in a manner sensitive to their interests and ambitions. The engagement project should include a series of workshops/sessions, with elements of making and doing, and the outputs of this process should inform Stage Two submissions.

The total budget for this commission is €100,000 including VAT.

The closing date for Stage One submissions is 12 noon on 11 September 2020.

You can find a full brief and details of how to apply here.

Queries about the commissioning process and brief can be sent to

Kildonan Park public art commission is a co-commissioned by Sculpture Dublin & Dublin City Council Culture Company

About Sculpture Dublin

Sculpture Dublin aims to raise awareness of Dublin’s sculptural heritage and to commission new sculptures in parks and public spaces city-wide. It is a Dublin City Council initiative, developed by Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Services and the City Arts Office, and supported by the Hugh Lane Gallery and Visual Artists Ireland.

Find out more at