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.



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