South Central Area: Ballyfermot People’s Park

About the park

In 2021 the fenced, grassy area beside Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre will be transformed into a ‘people’s park’ – a free, open, democratic, inviting green space located within a crowded (sub)urban environment for the benefit of its community. In response to local consultation, the new park will be a place where people of all ages and abilities can experience and engage with nature, with planting, with movement, music and storytelling.

About the commission

Commissioned artist, Breda Marron will work with members of the local community and the park design team to develop a sculpture for the park. Find out more about the commission here.

Sculpture Survey

Do you live or work in Ballyfermot?
We would like to hear from you!

The awarded artist, Breda Marron, is working with a number of local groups to develop ideas for the sculpture. She is also inviting the wider community to respond to the questions below (only 4 minutes to complete!).

Public survey

We would love to hear your thoughts on public sculpture, what your expectations are and how you would like to get involved with Sculpture Dublin. Let us know by taking 10-minutes to complete this short questionnaire. Thank you!

Local engagement

Breda Marron has been engaging with a range of community groups in Ballyfermot to help shape her ideas for the sculpture commission for the new Ballyfermot People’s Park.

Breda ran a series of workshops with 5th class students in Mary Queen of Angels 2 National School. They met in the park where Breda’s sculpture will be installed and in the classroom. They discussed the new park plans and explored ideas for sculptures using clay. Breda will continue to work with the students when permissible again under public health guidelines.


FamiliBase (the Ballyfermot Centre for Children, Young People and Families) facilitated Breda in meeting with a range of young people from the local area, including Transition Year students from three schools and an art group interested in music and film-making. She listened as the young people explored questions of local identity and what it means to grow up in Ballyfermot.

Breda also met with a range of other groups to help develop a vision for the public artwork, including a local residents’ group; an advocacy group for people living with disabilities; and members of SWAAT (Supporting Women to Access Appropriate Treatment) in Réalt Nua. And Sculpture Dublin is excited to be partnering with Ballyfermot College of Further Education on a community engagement project related to the new commission.

Sculpture Dublin is creating further opportunities for community engagement with the new commission in Ballyfermot over the months ahead. Watch this space!

Local events

Sculpture Dublin – Ballyfermot Commission: Public Update

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 3-4pm (online)

Sculpture Dublin is inviting local people in Ballyfermot to an online public meeting to hear more about the planned sculpture commission in Ballyfermot.

In 2021, the grassy area beside Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre will be transformed into a ‘people’s park’ – a free, open, democratic, inviting green space for the benefit of its local community. The Sculpture Dublin – Ballyfermot Commission is a ‘participative’ commission, that will evolve through a process of consultation and collaboration between the selected artist, the park’s design team and the local community. It will result in the installation of a permanent sculptural work that responds to the new People’s Park and the broader context of present-day Ballyfermot.

At the meeting, Programme Director, Karen Downey will speak about the Sculpture Dublin commissioning process. DCC Landscape Architect, Suzanne O’Connell will give an update on plans for the park and Breda Marron, the commissioned artist will talk about her consultations with local people and how these conversations are informing her ideas for the sculpture.

The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Vincent Jackson and the updates will be followed by a Q&A session.All welcome to join. To register for the meeting, book your ticket and you will receive a Zoom link in advance of the session.