Finglas West is a suburb located three miles north-west of Dublin city centre and half a mile from Finglas village, which lies to the east of the N2 dual carriageway. Established in its present form in the mid-twentieth century, it has evolved a distinct sense of local identity and community.
Kildonan Park is a 20-acre public park in Finglas West. It is simply laid out, with playing fields, a path encircling its perimeter and a football club house and changing rooms located at either end. Plans to upgrade and enhance its facilities and transform it into a space that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy are currently being developed.
The commission for Kildonan Park is a two-stage, open competition. Artists were invited to propose an approach to working in collaboration with the park design team and members of the local community to develop a sculpture for the park. Full details of the commissioning process are included in the Commission Brief.
Three artists have been short-listed for the commission and will each undertake a local community engagement project, facilitated by the Dublin City Council Culture Company, which will inform their Stage Two submissions.
The Selection Panel for Kildonan Park included:
- Councillor Keith Connolly (North West Area public representative)
- Mary McDermott (Finglas local community representative)
- John Fox (Finglas local community representative)
- Eddie O’Gara (representative of DCC Parks and Landscape Services)
- Kelly Hickey (representative of the City Arts Office)
- Ray Yeates (representative of the Sculpture Dublin Steering Group)
- Linda Devlin (representative of Dublin City Council Culture Company)
- Ceara Conway (external art expert)
DCC Public Art Officer, Ruairí Ó Cuív was the non-voting Chair.
The following artists have been short-listed for the commission and are each undertaking a local community engagement project, facilitated by the Dublin City Council Culture Company, which will inform their Stage Two submissions.
Emma Louise Moore
Emma Louise’s work examines the movements and mentality of crowds. She uses group performances as a method of research to inform her practice. Her marble works capture the movements of the sun, creating ephemeral monuments that change with the elements. Emma Louise completed her Bachelor of Arts at the Limerick School of Art & Design and her Master’s in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. She has exhibited in both Ireland and internationally, where her work was exhibited at the Tate Exchange, Tate Britain. She had her first state-based solo show in Harlem, New York in 2019.
Martina Coyle and Motoko Fujita
Martina Coyle is a multi-disciplinary artist. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and France, where she lived for many years. Martina’s work employs diverse mediums and modes of fabrication including drawing, video, sculpture, sound and light. Her many commissioned public artworks, from permanent to ephemeral, include collaborative and residential public projects in various locations around Ireland. Martina’s recent body of work explores our relationship to our environment, the control of wildlife and the universal instinct to seek shelter. She graduated in Glass Design from NCAD in 1990 and also has an MA in Art and Research Collaboration from IADT.
Motoko Fujita is a Dublin-based artist, photographer and mother of two children. She is a core member of Grizedale Arts (UK) and Fairland Collective (Multinational artists group). Motoko has coordinated several cross cultural community revitalization projects in Ireland, in the UK and Japan. Her previous work includes her publication The Shadow of James Joyce (Lilliput Press Ltd. 2011, State Collection 2012). She has also been involved with the Adult Education Program (DCC), music photography, heritage photography (OPW) and socially-engaged art projects in Ireland and abroad. She studied English Literature (MA) in Japan and has a keen interest in Irish history.
Sara Cunningham-Bell studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where she received the Andrew Grant Award. Sara has undertaken many public art commissions, including for the Ulster University, Kingspan Stadium, DECAL, IRFU, The Mater Hospital, Victoria College Belfast, European Union Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, Bass Ireland, and the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. She represented Ireland at the Salon Grands et Jeunes D’Aujourd’Hui in Paris, Luxembourg and Japan, and a recent work, ‘Towards Tomorrow’ was short listed for the Irish Sculpture Concrete Award. Sara is represented by The Hamilton Gallery and her work is held in various public and private collections.