South Central Area: Ballyfermot People’s 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.
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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!).
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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!