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.
The commission for Kildonan Park is a two-stage, open competition. Artists were invited to propose an approach to working in collaboration 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 will undertake 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.
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Sculpture Dublin is working with Dublin City Council Culture Company to integrate public engagement more fully into the commissioning process – involving local stakeholders in the cultivation of ideas, decision-making processes and the development of the final artwork.
Over five years, the Culture Company has carried out regular, open consultation sessions with local communities in Finglas. The Kildonan Park commission provides an opportunity for an artist to be facilitated through the Culture Company in engaging with local people and exploring further the themes and issues that have emerged from these consultations.
Visual Artists Ireland 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.