Central Area: Smithfield Square Lower
Workshops with George’s Hill Presentation Primary School and Artist Aoife McCloughlin
In September and October 2021, Aoife McCloughlin facilitated workshops in a range of sculpture-making techniques with students from the George’s Hill Presentation Primary School.
Workshops with Stoneybatter Youth Service and Artist Frank Prendergast
In association with the new commission for Smithfield Square Lower, Frank Prendergast led a series of sculpture workshops with young people from the Stoneybatter Youth Service.
Referencing the process used by Alan Butler to create his soon-to-be-unveiled, public sculpture, Frank introduced the group to digital modelling through 3D software and 3D printing. The young people also experimented with more traditional sculpture-making techniques, such as moulding and casting.
Visual Artists Ireland Café – Smithfield Commission
Smithfield is a part of Dublin 7 that has seen significant change in the past 25 years. Bordered by the River Liffey, Stoneybatter, Grangegorman and the city centre, it has been transformed from an agricultural marketplace into a complex of contemporary residential and commercial developments where many Dubliners live and work.
Smithfield Square Lower is a modestly-proportioned, pedestrian square located between the Red Line Luas tracks and Arran Quay. While the square itself is generally quiet, it sees high levels of passing pedestrian traffic and is looked upon daily by thousands of Luas users in transit across the city.
Through a two-stage commissioning process, artists were invited to propose a new permanent public artwork for Smithfield Square Lower. Artists could choose to reference Smithfield’s long and varied history in their work or look to its contemporary contexts for inspiration.
The commissioned artist is Alan Butler. Find out more about the artist, and read about the commission here.
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