Public Art and Communities

Artists often work very successfully and meaningfully in community contexts, collaboratively developing art projects, and encouraging participation and creativity.  These art commissions engage individuals and communities in new and challenging ways. The per cent for art scheme is particularly suited to this. Below are some examples of public art commissions where artists have worked collaboratively with communities of place and communities of interest.

Selected examples:

The Boys of Foley Street - Anu Productions

Misneach: A Monumental Celebration of Youth - John Byrne

Portrayals- Jeanette Doyle

Creating The Common / The Unveiling - Clodagh Emoe

The Banshee Lives in the Handball Alley - Michael Fortune & Aileen Lambert

Farmfilm - Katie Lincoln

Signatures – Brian Maguire, Brian O'Connor & Dominic Thorpe

Hotel Ballymun - Seamus Nolan


Learn more about the per cent for art scheme and how to go about commissioning a public art project.

Learn about the experiences of those who have been involved in public art projects.



Commission Call Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

16 August 2017

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, invite proposals for a commission focusing on the creation of new work through...More..

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Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.

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