Central Area: Smithfield Square Lower
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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Sculpture Dublin is working on the development of local engagement and consultation projects with Georges Presentation Primary School and a number of local community organisations who have expressed interest in being involved.
VAI Artists Café – Smithfield Commission
As part of the Sculpture Dublin public engagement programme, Visual Artists Ireland is organising a series of cafés that bring together artists, arts organisations and audiences, and connect them with local projects.
This Café introduces Smithfield Square Lower and the immediate vicinity of the new sculpture commission. The awarded artist will be presented at the event.
You will hear artists give insight into their working practices, learn about work they may be currently developing in their studios, and hear how research plays an integral role in developing new sculpture.
You will hear experienced arts professionals discuss the roles they play in supporting artists and in how sculpture is experienced by audiences.
We will also be hearing from local projects and initiatives that are taking place in the locality of the commission sites and engaging in discussion about what impact the sculpture commissions will have in the area.
- Alan Butler, Commissioned Artist
- Karen Downey, Programme Director, Sculpture Dublin
- Conor Casby, Coordinator, Dublin 1 & 7 School Completion Programme
- Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director, The Complex
- Ruairí Ó Cuív, Public Art Officer, Dublin City Council
Starts: Tue Feb 23 2020, 15:00 GMT
Ends: Tue Feb 23, 2020, 16:30 GMT