St. Anne's Park
St. Anne’s Park is located between the suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf, approximately four miles north-east of Dublin city centre. At 265 acres, St. Anne’s Park is the second-largest municipal park in Dublin. Situated next to the coast, it overlooks North Bull Island and attracts locals from surrounding areas as well as day-trippers. It is one of the last remaining examples of an Irish demesne landscape in Dublin city and encompasses a wide swathe of land and an array of amenities and facilities. It is famed for its rose gardens, and occasionally hosts concerts and other outdoor events.
The creation of a new permanent land art work for St. Anne’s Park is the central focus of this commission.
Five artists have been invited to consider a site within the historic parkland and propose a response to it that is ambitious in scope and imagination. Sculpture Dublin is interested in how the legacies of land art may be called upon to inspire a new form of public engagement with landscape, and how the site might be reimagined, or presented anew, as an artwork that explores our relationship with time, nature and the earth.
In April 2021, to coincide with International Sculpture Day, Sculpture Dublin announced the artists shortlisted for the commission. The five shortlisted nominees are: Alicja Kwade, Anne Hardy, Dorothy Cross, Iván Argote and The Otolith Group. Please see artists’ biographies below.
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Twenty-five artists were nominated by an international panel of experts, including Barbara Dawson (Hugh Lane Gallery), Lisa Le Feuvre (Holt/Smithson Foundation), Annie Fletcher (IMMA), Katerina Gregos (Schwarz Foundation) and Dublin City Council (Parks and Landscape Services and the City Arts Office).
The shortlist of five artists was agreed by the Nomination Panel, which included the nominators (with Leslie Moore, Head of Parks and Landscape Services representing Dublin City Council) and two external experts – Claire Feeley (Jupiter Artland) and Ben Tufnell (Parafin Gallery).
The shortlisted artists have each been invited to submit a proposal in response to the commission opportunity through a limited, one-stage competition. Following the receipt of proposals in late May, a Selection Panel including members of the Sculpture Dublin Steering Group, external art experts and local and public representatives will agree the award.
Alicja Kwade lives and works in Berlin. Her work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on perceptual habits in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, and takes shape through sculptural objects, public installations, video and even photography.
In 2019, Kwade was selected for the Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She participated in the 57th Venice Biennale ‘Viva Arte Viva’ curated by Christine Macel (2017); the Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2019); and the 3rd ARoS Triennale, ‘The Garden – End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future’ in Aarhus, Denmark (2017). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany (2020); MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Boston (2019); Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki (2018); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2018); Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2018); YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2018); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016-17); Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt/Main (2015); and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2008). In 2015-16, Public Art Fund commissioned ‘Against the Run’, an installation by Kwade in New York’s Central Park.Her works have been included in group exhibitions in Sengokuhara, Japan (‘Syncopation: Contemporary Encounters with the Modern Masters’, Pola Museum of Art, 2019); Beijing, China (‘Deutschland 8’ – German Art in Beijing, 2017); MONA in Tasmania (2019); Hayward Gallery, London (2018); and the Louisiana Museum (2018). Her works are held in several international private and public collections. https://www.alicjakwade.com/
Anne Hardy was born in the UK and currently lives and works in London. She is internationally recognised for her photography and large-scale sculptural installations or ‘FIELDworks’, which combine physical materials with light and sound to create immersive and sensual environments. These works derive from places she calls “pockets of wild space” – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres, and emotions gather.
Anne Hardy will be included in British Art Show 9 (2021/22) and was selected to be the 2021 Artist in Residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX, USA. Hardy was commissioned in 2019 by Tate Britain, London to create ‘The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light’ for their annual Winter Commission. In 2019, Hardy was invited to curate the Arts Council Collection, creating a site-specific installation, ‘The Weather Garden’, at Towner Art Gallery, UK (2019). Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include ‘Sensory Spaces #13’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Netherlands (2018), Museum Marta Herford Museum, Germany (2018), ‘Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhzzz mn huaooogh)’ at Leeds Art Gallery (2018) and ArtNight, London (2017). Hardy’s works are held in major public collections including: Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Council, Arts Council Collection (Arts Council England), and Leeds Art Gallery. Hardy has held artist residencies at Camden Arts Centre, London in 2011 and ‘Live in the Studio’ at Modern Art Oxford in 2014. She is represented by Maureen Paley, London. http://anne-hardy.co.uk/
Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland, and lives and works in Connemara. Her work ranges from object to opera: working with sculpture, photography and video. It examines the relationship between us humans and the natural world – considering what is sacred and maligned, and looking at time, transience and transformation. She sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters.
Some recent solo exhibitions/projects include: ‘I dreamt I dwelt’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2019); ‘Heartship’, Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival – a performance by Lisa Hannigan in conjunction with the Irish Navy and a human heart borrowed from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (2019); ‘Glance’, New Art Centre, UK (2017-18); ‘Connemara’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013); ‘Eye of Shark’, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford (2014); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005). Cross represented Ireland at the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), the Liverpool Biennial (1999) and 5th Istanbul Biennial (1997), as well as the ground-breaking 1994 exhibition ‘Bad Girls’ at ICA, London. Cross’ work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; The Ulster Museum, National Museum, Belfast; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol; and the TATE, London. https://www.kerlingallery.com/artists/dorothy-cross
Iván Argote is a Colombian-born, Paris-based artist and film director. Through his sculptures, installations, films and interventions, he questions our intimate relationship with other people, institutions, power and belief systems. In his interventions on monuments and large-scale ephemeral and permanent public artworks – such as his upcoming commissions for Sciences Po’s (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle’s (Paris 3) new campuses, which will be unveiled later this year, or his installations for Desert X 2019 and in Douala, Cameroon – Argote proposes new symbolic uses, warmer and more inclusive, of public space.
Argote studied graphic design, photography and new media at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and holds an MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Art (ENSBA) in Paris. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Juntos Together’, ASU – Arizona State University Art Museum, USA (2019); ‘Radical Tenderness’, MALBA, Buenos Aires (2018); ‘Deep Affection’, Perrotin, Paris (2018); ‘Somos Tiernos’, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico (2017); ‘Somos’, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo (2017); ‘La Venganza del Amor’, Perrotin, New York (2017); and ‘Sírvete de mi, sírveme de ti’, Proyecto Amil, Lima (2016) . His work is held in the public collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ASU Art Museum, Phoenix; and CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques), Paris; among others. Upcoming projects include solo shows at Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany and Galerie Perrotin, New York, and a residency followed by a solo show at Artpace, San Antonio, USA. http://ivanargote.com/
THE OTOLITH GROUP
Founded by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar in 2002, The Otolith Group works with moving image, large scale installations, audio works, and performances. Their research-based practice incorporates post lens-based essayistic aesthetics that convene the multiple scales of the Anthropocene, their temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions and the synthetic alienation of the post-human, the inhuman, the non-human and the anti-human. The Otolith Group has been commissioned to develop and exhibit their works, research, installations and publications by a wide range of museums, public and private galleries, biennials and foundations worldwide.
Significant solo exhibitions of their work include the touring exhibition ‘Xenogenesis’, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2020); ‘Xenogenesis’, Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands (2019); ‘O Horizon’, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); ‘The Radiant’, Art Gallery Miyauchi, Japan (2017); ‘In the Year of the Quiet Sun’, Bergen Kunsthall and CASCO Office for Art Design and Theory, Utrecht (2014–15); ‘Novaya Zemlya’, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2014-15); ‘Medium Earth’, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2013); ‘Westfailure’, Project 88, Mumbai (2012); ‘Thoughtform’, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and MAXXI, Rome (2011-12); ‘A Long Time Between Suns’ (Part I), Gasworks, London (2009) and ‘A Long Time Between Suns’ (Part II), The Showroom, London (2009), for which they were nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. http://otolithgroup.org/