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. Invited artists will be asked to consider a site within the original historic parkland and propose a response to it that is grand in scale and concept, using earth from the park itself.
This is a limited competition. A long-list of artists has been nominated by an independent panel of experts including:
Barbara Dawson is Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery. She has overseen the transition of the city gallery into a leading cultural institution which plays a prominent role in the cultural and civic life of the city. She secured the gift of Francis Bacon’s Studio and Archive, relocating it from London to Dublin, and has curated several exhibitions for the temporary exhibition programme. In 2014, Barbara Dawson was appointed Adjunct Professor of The School of Art History and Critical Policy at University College Dublin and was a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute Board 2017 – 2020. In 2019, she was awarded the UCD Alumni Award in Arts and Humanities, and was appointed a Creative Fellow of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities.
Annie Fletcher Director of IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Prior to joining IMMA, Annie held various positions including Chief Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, tutor at de Appel, Amsterdam, the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and the Design Academy Eindhoven, and has regularly worked with art institutions around the world including the SALT Istanbul, New Museum, New York, and L’Internationale network. In 2012 she was Curator of Ireland’s Contemporary Art Biennial, EVA International and is regularly called upon to sit on major International juries, including the Turner Prize in 2014 and the selection committee for the Irish Pavilion at Venice in 2016.
Katerina Gregos is a curator, writer and lecturer based in Brussels. She has curated numerous large-scale international exhibitions and biennials, including, among others: EVA Ireland’s Biennial, Manifesta 9, The Goteborg Biennial and Thessaloniki Biennial. Most recently she was chief curator of the 1st Riga International Biennial, which she also helped to set up. She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavilions at the Venice Biennale: Denmark (2011), Belgium (2015), and Croatia (2019). Since 2016 she is curator of the visual arts programme of the non-profit Schwarz Foundation, Munich | Athens. Photo credit: Panos Kokkinias.
Lisa Le Feuvre
Lisa Le Feuvre is inaugural Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation, an artist endowed foundation dedicated to the creative legacies of the artists Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson. Between 2010 and 2017 she directed the Henry Moore Institute, curated British Art Show 7 (2010, with Tom Morton), and has sat on various juries including Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation Prize (2019), Turner Prize (2018), Hepworth Prize for Sculpture (2016), and British representation in Venice Biennale (2015).
A selection panel including the nominators, two external art experts and a representative of DCC Parks and Landscape Services will short-list up to five artists who will be invited to submit proposals in the new year.