Smithfield Art Tunnel

Artist Name(s) Fieldwork & Strategies
Artwork title Smithfield Art Tunnel
Context/Background The outdoor gallery prototype was tested in public at Bloom Garden Show 2011, for which Fieldwork & Strategies received a silver medal. A strip of wasteland along the Luas corridor in Smithfield was subsequently selected as a site for the outdoor art gallery, with the intention of activating the rundown urban area.

Smithfield Art Tunnel (2012-2014) aimed to bring artworks into the public realm, by making them visible to passing pedestrians, and the 40,000+ passengers who use the Luas every day. Supported by local businesses and Dublin City Council, the venture aimed to provide a community park, garden and civic amenity, accessible to local key holders who might not have their own garden.


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Sophie Graefin von Maltzan (Fieldwork & Strategies) is a Landscape Architect, Gardener and Artist (Edinburgh College of Art, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Versailles, Charles Cecil studios, Florence, Galabau Hamburg).

Since 2006 she has worked on projects in Ireland and abroad, as well lecturing part time at the school of Landscape Architecture, UCD. Sophie von Maltzan is a registered member of The Irish Landscape Institute;Crafts Council Ireland; Garten Landschaftsbau ev. Germany; Dublin City Council Artists' Panel.

Commission Type Independent Agent
Commissioner Name Fieldwork & Strategies
Project commission dates April 30, 2012 - February 28, 2014
Partners Dublin City Council
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts Participation
Project commission start date 30/04/2012
Project commission end date 28/02/2014
County Dublin
Town Dublin
Street Address Smithfield
Content contributor(s) Web Editor
Public engagement

Sophie von Maltzan worked with emerging artists, local schools, youth groups and residents to encourage participation amongst the local community. Local groups were encouraged to express their relationship with Smithfield by producing and exhibiting their artworks in the 'Community platform'. As a landmark in the area, the Art Tunnel aimed to create a distinctive urban identity for Smithfield, while informalising the gallery experience through placing it in the public realm.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved
  • DCC City Architect Ali Grehan – identified the site.
  • Bargaintown - Provided the site free of charge
  • The Dice Bar, Smithfield – sponsor
  • The Complex, Smithfield – sponsor
  • Dublin City Parks Department - provided machinery and man hours
  • Bulmers/ Forbidden Fruits Festival - sponsor

The proposal for the Art Tunnel was developed by Fieldwork & Strategies in consultation with the owner of the site, Block T artists’ studios, local residents and businesses. The suggested Art Tunnel was approved by DCC and of such nature that a planning application was not required.



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