The State "Per Cent for Art Scheme" - how it works: 

This section offers practical information for commissioners and artists. It includes information on the State's Per Cent for Art Scheme and other sources of public funding.

For the artist, there are tips on how to prepare proposals and manage the different aspects of a public art commission. 

For the commissioner there is useful information on procedures and approaches on how to commission artworks for public places and for social contexts. The public art directory and videos in experiences can be referred to in tandem with this section. The links section offers a further resource with access to relevant websites.

The Per Cent for Art Scheme

The Per Cent for Art Scheme is a government funded programme whereby an additional fund of up to 1% of the cost of a publicly-funded infrastructure or building, can be applied for by the Client (typically a Local Authority, School, Hospital, the National Roads Authority, the OPW) to commission original, site and context specific works of art. The 1% is subject to a cap of €64K. The fund is available across all government departments. The Per Cent for Art scheme supports the commissioning of artists and artworks across all contemporary artforms. 

See the Per for Art National Guidelines (PDF)


Advice to First-time Commissioners

Is this the first time you have been involved in managing a Per Cent for Art project - Do you need advice? is an online resource aimed at supporting commissioners of public art. If you are a first-time commissioner or are managing a Per Cent for Art project for the first time, and require advice about the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’, you can send an on-line request for advice to the editor, Sally O’Leary, as part of the Per Cent for Art Development Service. [This service is provided in relation to first-time commissioners of the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ only]

Please include in the email the following information:

1. The name of your organization

2. What stage have you reached in the Per Cent for Art process

3. What is the Per Cent for Art budget that you have been allocated

4. Your specific enquiry 

Please email your enquiry to



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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