Ruairí Ó Cuív
Only consider public art opportunities that are important and relevant to your arts practice. I see too many proposals which do not reflect the artist's concerns or look like a proposal that has been submitted because there is the opportunity and related duty to 'look for work'. While I deeply sympathise with the need to gain paid opportunities, such proposals do not come across with any conviction.
Ruairí Ó Cuív began his career as History of Art lecturer at Sligo RTC. In 1991 he was appointed Director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Since 1996 he has worked as an independent curator and arts consultant specialising in public art and as art advisor to building projects such as Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. Public Art projects have included a commissioning programme for Kerry County Council in visual art, digital media, music, literature, drama and dance. He has also curated public art projects for the HSE, Department of Education and Science, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. His writing has been widely published in many catalogues and publications including A Review of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in Cork City, 1986-2003 published in 2006. He is Public Art Manager for Dublin City Council.
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.