St. Anne's Park
Presentation of land art plans
Pinhole Photography Workshop with artist, Sophie Behal
Over 2 weekends in March and April, Sophie Behal facilitated local residents in a series of Pinhole Photography Workshops in St Anne’s Park. Workshops included building your own pinhole camera, learning about composition and light and developing photographic prints in a traditional darkroom.
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.
Visual Artists Ireland Café – St Anne’s Park Commission
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.
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.
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.
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