Artist Name(s) Jeanette Doyle
Artwork title Portrayals
Context/Background Portrayals is a project by artist Jeannette Doyle, commissioned by Breaking Ground, the Per Cent for Art programme for Ballymun Regeneration Limited and curated by Aisling Prior. There was no specific brief for this commission, but the artist was asked to consider issues pertinent to daily life in a community such as Ballymun, in the context of the major changes that are taking place there, and in the wider context of Ballymun as part of the capital city. Breaking Ground, the percent for art programme for Ballymun Regeneration Limited, was launched in Ballymun in February 2002 and completed in 2010.

Jeannette worked with women from The Star Project in Ballymun. The Star Project is a group of women who have stabilised their drug use and meet up on a daily basis. There were three strands of activity involved in the work, loosely connected by the notion of portrayal.

From the beginning of the project the women produced drawings and collages portraying feelings and reflections about themselves and their environment. Over the course of the six months the group was also involved in preparations for portraits to be made later by Doyle. This preparation included access to relaxation classes, a beautician, a hairdresser, a photographer, a dress designer and her clothes.

The third strand of portrayal was represented by video footage of the hands of members of the group engaged in a wide range of activities. 


A catalogue was produced with essays by Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt and Mick Wilson. Articles were also published in the Sunday Tribune, 22 January 2006 and Village magazine.


Jeanette Doyle was born in Dublin and lives in Ireland. Her practice is primarily concerned with the interrogation of a variety of stances and modes of production. In recent years there has been a concentration on the painted image and its relationship to both lens based and digital technologies.

Upcoming shows and projects include, Embedded Art Berlin, The Berlin Art Academy; Jeanette Doyle, Joey Chang Gallery, Factory 798 District, Beijing; The Aesthetics of Terror at The Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Boston, (curated by Manon Slome and Joshua Simon); 798 Beijing Biennale 2009, (curated by the:artist:network, New York and Beijing); EMPTY, New York City, NY (curated by Manon Slome) and Factory Direct, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (curated by Eric Shiner). Doyle is currently exhibiting at Preview 09, White Box, New York.

Exhibitions during 2008 include: The Promised Land (curated by Blanca de la Torre and Nina Colosi), The Project Room for New Media, Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Yoesu Art Festival, South Korea (curated by Raul Zamudio); Power, Shape, Bridge Art Center, Beijing (curated by zhao shulin and Marc hungerbuhler); Critical Mass HYCAC, Huang Yan Contemporary Art Center, Beijing (curated by the:artist:network, New York and Beijing); tough at mother's tankstation, Dublin; Spectacular Mexico City (curated by Raul Zamudio) and Art in the Life World, Dublin (curated by Aisling Prior for Breaking Ground). 

Commission Type Regeneration Agency
Commissioner Name Breaking Ground Limited. Curator - Aisling Prior
Commissioning process Open competition
Project commission dates June 30, 2005 - January 1, 2006
Public Presentation dates January 12, 2006 - February 24, 2006
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By Dublin City Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 30/06/2005
Project commission end date 01/01/2006
County Dublin
Town Ballymun
Street Address Main Street, Ballymun
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Content contributor(s) Denise Reddy
Relationship to project Assistant Project Manager
Public engagement

Sixteen women from The Star Project, Ballymun

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

A meditation tutor, beautician, hairdresser, photographer, and a fashion designer.



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