Gaining Ground - Clare County Council Public Art 2017-2020

Gaining Ground - Re-Imagining our Futures through lasting Public Art Encounters

Clare County Council’s Arts Office is embarking on a new chapter in its encounter with Public Art. Gaining Ground is a major new Public Art Programme. The aim of the programme will be to utilize the pooled resources of the Per Cent for Art Schemes of Clare County Council and the Office of Public Works to maximise their potential. The programme comprising of four strands will take place in North and West Clare, Shannon and Ennis, between 2017-2020 and includes the projects:

1. ‘Legacy I and II’ - North Clare – 2017-2019 – 4 six-month residency projects will be selected to take place over a 2 year timeframe

2. ‘ Re-imagining the Rural’- West Clare – 2017-2018 –A single residency project will be selected to take place over a 1 year timeframe

3. ‘Dancing Together’ – Shannon – 2017-2018 – A single project will be selected to take place over a 1 year timeframe

4. ‘Reflections’ – Ennis - 2019-2020 – Publication and Symposium


The Launch

The launch of Gaining Ground will be held at glór, Ennis from 2pm on 15th June, with guest speaker Annette Moloney (curator, public art specialist) and Rusangano Family. Following the launch, Siobhán Mulcahy (Arts Officer) and Sally O’Leary (Programme Co-ordinator) will be available to answer questions. 


The programme has been devised to have a strong community ethos and therefore it is anticpated that both artists and community groups will be interested in attending the launch to learn more about the details of the programme.

A Professional Development Workshop in proposal writing, organized by Visual Artists Ireland, will be held at glór, Ennis, on 29th June 2017 from 2 -5pm.

The afternoon aims to support artists who might wish to submit commission proposals. It will provide case studies of public art projects that engage in a significant way with local communities by accomplished artists Fiona Woods, Gareth Kennedy and Pauline O'Connell. 

Full details are available from   

For further information contact Sally O’Leary, 

Briefing Documents to download:


1. Legacy I and II

2. Re-imagining the Rural

3. Dancing Together 

4. Reflections

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