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 are currently being developed to upgrade and enhance its facilities and transform it into a space that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
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The commission for Kildonan Park is a two-stage, open competition. Artists were invited to propose an approach to working in consultation with members of the local community and the park design team to develop a sculpture for the park.
Three artists have been short-listed for the commission. They undertook a local community engagement project, facilitated by the Dublin City Council Culture Company, which will inform their Stage Two submissions.
The short-listed artists are Sara Cunningham-Bell, Martina Coyle & Motoko Fujita (collaboration) and Emma Louise Moore. Find out more about the commissioning process and short-listed artists here.
Since November 2020, the shortlisted artists have been busy working on creative engagement projects in Finglas. Facilitated by Dublin City Council Culture Company, each artist has developed a series of workshops with members of the local community to generate ideas for the Stage Two proposals.
Collaborators Martina Coyle and Motoko Fujita have been meeting with students from Coláiste Eoin in Finglas over the past few months, both in person, when that was permissible under public health guidelines, and online. They have been looking at existing public sculptures and parks, exploring the variations in shapes and forms and the concepts accompanying the works. They have been looking at the local environment of Kildonan Park with the students and have started experimenting with sculpture through its making.
Artist Emma Louise Moore has worked closely with students at Coláiste Íde College of Further Education in Finglas, both online and in person. Together, the artist and the students have been exploring modern day Finglas and creating exciting sculptures. Emma has also spent time in the school’s fine arts and fashion classes.
As part of her public engagement project, artist Sara Cunningham-Bell has been meeting with Avila Park Residents and members of the Travellers Association Pavee Point. With the group, Sara has been discussing the qualities and characteristics of present day Finglas and how it could be represented in a sculptural form. The participants have also been thinking about the process of making sculpture: the materials, the volume and the space, the colours chosen, etc. In this picture, the group is experimenting with form through a paper construction.
VAI Artists Café – Kildonan Park 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 Kildonan Park 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.
Starts: Tue April 27, 2020, 15:00 GMT
Ends: Tue April 27, 2020, 16:30 GMT
Booking to come.