Smithfield Square Lower

Smithfield is a part of Dublin 7 that has seen significant change in the past 25 years. Bordered by the River Liffey, Stoneybatter, Grangegorman and the city centre, it has been transformed from an agricultural marketplace into a complex of contemporary residential and commercial developments where many Dubliners live and work.

About the site

Smithfield Square Lower is a modestly-proportioned, pedestrian square located between the Red Line Luas tracks and Arran Quay. While the square itself is generally quiet, it sees high levels of passing pedestrian traffic and is looked upon daily by thousands of Luas users in transit across the city.

About the commission

This commission invites artists to propose a new permanent public artwork for Smithfield Square Lower. Artists may choose to reference Smithfield’s long and varied history in their work or look to its contemporary contexts for inspiration. The commissioned work, for this quiet square on the busy Luas line, must seek to engage both local occupant and distracted passer-by.

Public survey

Information on the public engagement programme is published in the Sculpture in the City section of this website.  Along with engaging in public programme activities over the months ahead, we invite you to share your thoughts on public sculpture, and let us know what your expectations are, by taking 5-minutes to complete this short questionnaire. Thank you!

Make a submission

This is a two-stage open competition. The commission is open to all interested artists and invites applicants to propose a new permanent sculpture for Smithfield Square Lower. The Commission Brief is available to download here. All applications must be made online through the Sculpture Dublin website via the link below. The deadline for receipt of Stage One submissions is 28 August, 2020.