Sculpture in the City

Vera Klute, Luke Kelly (2019)  Image: William Murphy via Flickr

See sculpture. Talk sculpture. Make sculpture.

Over the months ahead, Sculpture Dublin will encourage people to rediscover their city through sculpture. This section of the website includes articles on sculpture; information on the city’s sculpture collections; listings of sculpture exhibitions happening across the city and details of our public programme events.

In Articles, you will find Professor Paula Murphy’s ‘Looking at Public Sculpture in Dublin’, which provides an overview of sculpture in the city. In partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, Sculpture Dublin will publish a series of essays and artists’ biographies from Art and Architecture of Ireland / Volume III: Sculpture 1600-2000 (Yale, 2014).

Sculpture Dublin is working with a range of institutions across Dublin to draw attention to the city’s public sculpture collections. We are also in contact with museums, galleries, colleges and studio organisations to promote temporary exhibitions of sculpture.

Details of our public engagement programme will be published in Events in the weeks ahead. Sculpture Dublin aims to platform a broad public discussion of sculpture today – looking at the history and legacy of sculpture in the city and creating an exciting new context for the creation of public art. We want to see sculpture become part of everyday conversation, contributing to overall public confidence, self-awareness and pride of place.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Hugh Lane Gallery on a VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) Sculpture Club and with Visual Artists Ireland to facilitate a number of Artists Cafés. Paula Murphy will deliver a series of lectures on historic public sculpture in Dublin, and we look forward to working with the Dublin City Council Culture Company on a range of creative engagement activities.

We are developing a local engagement programme in each of the neighbourhoods where a new commission is happening. We are connecting with schools, libraries, local history societies, community organisations and DCC Local Area Offices to raise awareness of the new commissions and the sculpture commissioning process; to involve people in shared experiences of learning and making, and to provoke conversations about how public art enhances our surroundings and enriches our lives.