VAI Artists Café – Ballyfermot Commission

The event took place on 17 November 2020

This was the first of six Visual Artists Ireland Cafés that bring together artists, arts organisations and audiences, and connect them with local projects.

This Café introduced Ballyfermot and the immediate vicinity of the first Sculpture Dublin commission. The awarded artist, Breda Marron, was presented at the event.

Karen Downey, the Sculpture Dublin Programme Director, introduced the Ballyfermot commission and gave some context about the Sculpture Dublin Programme.

Breda Marron discussed her working practices and how research through consultation and engagement plays an integral role in developing the new sculpture.

Barbara Dawson, the director of the Hugh Lane Gallery and a member of Sculpture Dublin Steering Group,  gave an outline of Public Sculpture in Dublin,  the role institutions play in supporting artists and in how sculpture is experienced by audiences.

Orla Daly from Ballyfermot College of Further Education gave us an overview of the college’s arts programme as well as the community engagement work they have been doing for years, and the positive impact that stemmed from it in Ballyfermot.

Alan Tully from Familibase, the Ballyfermot Centre for Children, Young People and Families, told us about local projects and initiatives that are taking place in the locality and reflected on what impact the sculpture commission will have in the area.

The speakers for the event were:

  • Breda Marron (Awarded artist)
  • Karen Downey (Sculpture Dublin Programme Director)
  • Barbara Dawson (Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane & Sculpture Dublin Steering Group)
  • Orla Daly (Ballyfermot College of Further Education)
  • Alan Tully (FamiliBase)

Venue: Online

Starts: Tue Nov 17 202015:00 GMT
Ends: Tue Nov 17 202016:30 GMT

Free Registration