Roger Casement Memorial Commission - Open Call | DLR

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites expressions of interest from artists for the creation of a new artwork to be situated in the newly developed Dún Laoghaire Baths area. The commission is to commemorate the life of Roger Casement and his particular significance to the local area.

Roger Casement was born in Sandycove, Co. Dublin on September 1, 1864. Casement was one of the most interesting Irishmen in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He held a number of consular appointments in various locations in Africa. During this time he investigated human rights abuses in the Belgian Congo. He later reported on the abuse of rubber workers in Brazil for which he was knighted in 1911. Casement later resigned from the Foreign Office and devoted his energies to Irish independence. Most notably he went to Germany to garner their support for a Rising in Ireland. On Good Friday 1916 he landed at Banna Strand, County Kerry, where he was immediately arrested. When he was transferred to London to stand trial his last sight of Ireland was from the boat at Dún Laoghaire harbour. He was found guilty of high treason and executed at Pentonville Prison on 3 August 1916.

The commissioners are seeking a representational sculpture of Casement. It is proposed to locate the commission at the end of the new jetty to be built in the Dún Laoghaire Baths area (see Architectural Plans in Brief). The brief does not specify the materials to be used; however, the preferred materials of the commissioning body are bronze, stone or concrete. The artwork is intended to be permanent and of high quality. The materials used should take into consideration the environmental demands of the site.


The total budget available for the artwork is up to €120,000 (inclusive of VAT).

Commission Process

This is a two-stage commission process. Stage 1 is open to any artists. A maximum of 4 artists will be shortlisted for Stage 2. Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of €1,500 to develop Stage 2 proposals.

The selection panel will be comprised of 6 people, including representatives from DLR Memorial Committee, Arts Office, Architect Department and 2 independent professional artists.


The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Friday 7 October 2016 at 12 noon.

Late submissions will not be accepted.


Applicants are requested to read the full content of the briefing document carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

Guidelines and Application Form: Roger Casement Commission Brief

Please note that all Stage 1 submissions should be posted in hard copy to:

Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall, Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Supporting images may be provided in electronic format on CD, DVD, or Memory Stick.

This project is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


All queries should be sent by email to or call 01 6729488




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