South East Area: Bushy Park

Local engagement

  • VAI Artists Café – Bushy Park Commission

21 September 2021, 3-4.30pm

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 Bushy 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.

Speakers include:

– Corban Walker, Commissioned Artist

– Anne Talbot, Engagement Coordinator at Dublin City Council Culture Company

– Liz Coman, Assistant Arts Officer with Dublin City Council

– Eamonn Maxwell, Curator, Art Advisor

– Karen Downey, Programme Director, Sculpture Dublin

Venue: Online (Via Zoom)

Date:Tue September 21st  2021

Starts: 15:00 GMT
Ends: 16:30 GMT

Free Registration. All Welcome!

  • Workshops with Loreto Primary School and artist, Sophie von Maltzan

In September and October, Sophie von Maltzan will be working with students from Loreto Primary School near Bushy Park, to explore and create 3D objects with reference to the Bushy Park commission.

About the park

Bushy Park is a large suburban park situated between the mature residential suburbs of Terenure, Templeogue and Rathfarnham. Mostly frequented by people who live in the surrounding areas and well-used by local sports clubs, it accommodates a variety of outdoor facilities, amenities and landscapes, from woodland and an ornamental lake to riverbanks, meadow and grassland.

About the commission

Through a two-stage commissioning process, artists wee asked to explore Bushy Park, its assorted terrains and contemporary uses, and identify a space within the park that resonates and provokes a sensitive and considered aesthetic response.

More information about the commissioned artist, Corban Walker, is available here.

Public survey

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