St. Anne's Park

Local engagement

  • Presentation of land art plans

On 29th and 30th April, the Sculpture Dublin welcomed local people to the Winter Garden (Red Stables) in 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 to discuss his ideas in response to this unique commissioning opportunity.


  • 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

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

  • 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.

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