St. Anne's Park

Local engagement

  • St Anne’s Park Sculpture Presentation

On the afternoons of 29th and 30th April, the Sculpture Dublin Team welcomed local people in the Winter Garden (Red Stables, St Anne’s Park) to view visualisations and plans of the proposed land art commission for St. Anne’s Park, Elevation by Iván Argote. The artist was present on the second day to discuss his ideas in response to this unique commissioning opportunity.
We had a great couple of days at St.Anne’s Park in the Winter Garden, Red Stables. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!⁠


For information about the proposed artwork:
For information about the commissioning process:


  • Pinhole Photography Workshop with artist, Sophie Behal

Interested in making your own camera and developing your own photographs? Join our Pinhole Photography Workshop in St Anne’s Park and dive into a world of creativity!



Email to book your place in one of the two weekend workshops. We operate on a first come first served basis. The participation to this workshop is free.
All the materials and equipment will be provided by the workshop facilitator. Open to 18+.

Workshop Location: The Red Stables, Tack Room.

Workshop Dates:

Weekend Workshop 1: Friday 25th, 6-8pm & Saturday 26th March, 11-3pm

Weekend Workshop 2: Friday 22nd, 6-8pm & Saturday 23rd April, 1-5pm

Workshop Content: 

Join artist Sophie Behal for a 2-day workshop, where you will construct your own pinhole camera from everyday items, shoot your photos within St Anne’s Park and develop the images in a temporary darkroom!

Echoing the focus of the proposed land art commission for St Anne’s Park on landscape and nature, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with composition, light and other image-making techniques.

Friday evening’s workshop will concentrate on making different types of cameras – from card, film spools, matchboxes and tins. In Saturday’s workshop, you will create your images and experience the magic of analogue photography by developing your photographs in a darkroom and watching the images appear!

About the artist: 

Sophie Behal is a visual artist and educator based between Dublin and Kilkenny. Her artistic practice is mainly in sculptural installation, which can also include audio, text, photographic and performative elements. Her strong awareness of the history of sculpture and photography, and the philosophy of spatiality, presents works where there is a tension between the innate properties of materials, the form they eventually take and their relationship to time. Sophie has worked on creative projects for children with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, the RHA and Glasnevin Educate Together National School.

St Anne’s Park Sculpture Commission: 

This workshop is taking place in the context of the Sculpture Dublin land art commission for St Anne’s Park. Artist, Iván Argote has been commissioned by Sculpture Dublin to create a new sculpture for St Anne’s Park in 2022. Find out more here:


  • Visual Artists Ireland Café – St Anne’s Park Commission

8 March 2022, 3pm 

As part of the Sculpture Dublin public engagement programme, Visual Artists Ireland organised a series of cafés that brought together artists, arts organisations and audiences, and connected them with local projects.

This Café introduced St Annes’s Park and the immediate vicinity of the new sculpture commission. The awarded artist was presented at the event.

The artist, Iván Argote, gave insight into his working practice, about other work he has developed and he told us how research played an integral role in developing the land art piece for St Anne’s Park.

Experienced arts professionals discussed the roles they play in supporting artists and in how sculpture is experienced by audiences.

We also heard from local projects and initiatives that are taking place in the locality of the commission sites and we engaged in discussion about what impact the sculpture commission will have in the area.

Venue: Online (Via Zoom)

Speakers included:

– Iván Argote, Commissioned Artist

– Deirdre Nichol, Clontarf Residents Association

– Clare O’Sullivan, Raheny Tidy Towns

– Dr Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery

– Karen Downey, Programme Director, Sculpture Dublin

Starts: Tuesday March 8th, 15:00 GMT
Ends: Tuesday March 8th, 16:30 GMT

  • Workshops with St Brendan’s Boys School and artist, Jean Cleary

In September and October 2021, Jean Cleary worked with students from St Brendan’s Boys School, near St Anne’s Park, to explore and create 3D objects with reference to the St Anne’s Park commission.


About the park

St. Anne’s Park is located between the suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf, approximately four miles north-east of Dublin city centre. At 265 acres, St. Anne’s Park is the second-largest municipal park in Dublin. Situated next to the coast, it overlooks North Bull Island and attracts locals from surrounding areas as well as day-trippers. It is one of the last remaining examples of an Irish demesne landscape in Dublin city and encompasses a wide swathe of land and an array of amenities and facilities. It is famed for its rose gardens, and occasionally hosts concerts and other outdoor events.

About the commission

A land artwork is being commissioned for St. Anne’s Park. Invited artists will be asked to consider a site within the original historic parkland and propose a response to it that is grand in scale and concept, using earth from the park itself.

This is a limited competition. A long-list of artists has been nominated by an international panel of experts, including Barbara Dawson, Annie Fletcher, Katerina Gregos and Lisa Le Feuvre. Find out more about the nominators and the commission here.

Public survey

We would love to hear your thoughts on public sculpture, what your expectations are and how you would like to get involved with Sculpture Dublin. Let us know by taking 10-minutes to complete this short questionnaire. Thank you!