With the help of artist Evelyn D’Arcy and weekly workshops led by the Newgrange Willow Weavers they’ve designed and are installing a hand-woven Zen garden made of willow. The garden is being made for the whole community to enjoy.

The project arose from Dublin City Council Culture Company's “Tea and Chats”, where the group commented that the park had been a big part of their lives; but that they didn’t use it as much now that they’re older. They decided they wanted to do something that made the park feel like “their place” again.

We plan to officially launch the garden in late March, so watch this space!

This willow weaved garden project is just one of the many projects of The National Neighbourhood that are happening around the city involving community groups, artists and some of the best known cultural institutions.

Communities involved range from craft groups to walking groups, choirs to colleges, nursing homes to hospitals, and scout dens to schools.

Projects are happening in Ballybough, Ballyfermot, Bluebell, Cabra, Coolock, Clontarf, Crumlin, Donnycarney,Fairview, Finglas, Inchicore, Raheny, Rathmines, Stoneybatter and the Liberties – to name a few!

The National Neighbourhood

The National Neighbourhood is a year-round programme that creates ways for people to see and make culture in their place with people they know. These new experiences, explorations and connections are the foundation for people to build creativity into their everyday lives.

The National Neighbourhood is made by Dublin City Council Culture Company in partnership with Dublin City Council (Dublin City Libraries, local area offices, Arts Office, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane) and National Cultural Institutions (Abbey Theatre, Chester Beatty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Archives, National Concert Hall, National Gallery of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland).

Dublin City Council Culture Company runs cultural initiatives and buildings across the city with, and for, the people of Dublin. Find out more at dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie.

Partners

Made by Dublin City Council Culture Company in partnership with Dublin City Council (Dublin City Libraries, local area offices, Arts Office, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane) and National Cultural Institutions (Abbey Theatre, Chester Beatty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Archives, National Concert Hall, National Gallery of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland).

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