Ballyfermot People’s Park

Ballyfermot is a planned suburb that was built to the west of Dublin city centre, just south of the Phoenix Park and River Liffey, in the mid-twentieth century. The area is bounded by Palmerstown, Chapelizod/Inchicore, Bluebell, Drimnagh, Walkinstown and Killeen/Clondalkin.

About the site

In 2021 the fenced, grassy area beside Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre will be transformed into a ‘people’s park’ – a free, open, democratic, inviting green space located within a crowded (sub)urban environment for the benefit of its community. In response to local consultation, the new park will be a place where people of all ages and abilities can experience and engage with nature, with planting, with movement, music and storytelling.

About the commission

This is a participative commission, that will evolve through a process of consultation and collaboration between the selected artist, the park’s design team and the local community. It will result in the installation of a permanent sculptural work that responds to the new People’s Park and the broader context of present-day Ballyfermot.

Public survey

Information on the public engagement programme is published in the Sculpture in the City section of this website.  Along with engaging in public programme activities over the months ahead, we invite you to share your thoughts on public sculpture, and let us know what your expectations are, by taking 5-minutes to complete this short questionnaire. Thank you!

Make a submission

This is a one-stage-only, open competition. The commission is open to all interested artists and invites applicants to outline an approach through which a sculptural work will be developed, refined and realised. The Commission Brief is available to download here. All applications must be made online through the Sculpture Dublin website via the link below. The deadline for receipt of Stage One submissions is 14 August 2020.