The Prosperity Project

Artist Name(s) Jesse Jones
Artwork title The Prosperity Project
Context/Background The 'Prosperity Project' commenced in May 2013, and has consisted of a series of events which Dublin born artist Jesse Jones calls a 'durational conference'. Through this process, Jones proposed new approaches to public art – both in its intent to include the public as ‘an elective community’ and its playfulness in subverting the idea of the artist as solitary genius figure, employed to leave a monolithic monumental legacy. It looks towards the creation of new models of public art for the 21st century For this commission, Jones was curious to interrogate the assumptions about ‘prosperity’ that had emerged during Ireland’s boom years.

The OPW commissioned Jesse Jones to make work, supported by Create, under the auspices of the per cent for art scheme for the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), North Quay,  - a landmark building in Dublin’s Docklands area.

Over the course of nine months in 2013, Jones initiated different projects, creating platforms for collaboration and debate with groups of national and international artists, thinkers, writers and communities.The project incorporated elements of sociability clustered around the themes WANT, LAND, WORK, PROSPER including the following events,

The Green Machine Bicycle Tour (May 14, 2013)

WANT, launch event, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin (May 17, 2013)

LAND, A Scarcity Banquet with MOUTH and The Korean Society of Ireland; (June 8, 2013)

Them and Us: A Performative Reading of the Financial Crisis, Convention Centre, Dublin. (September 27, 2013)

The commission is to culminate in sonic motion performance. A final permanent artwork ‘Prosperity’ is being made in collaboration with Black Church Print Studio (at the time of writing), and is the biggest project ever undertaken there. The artwork is an edition of two lenticular pieces depicting Mount Tambora volcano in Indonesia. This image is screen-printed in segments on 10 perspex panels, each measuring 8ft by 1ft (20 panels in each piece), with the printed panels comprising 3 layers of colour. The final pieces will each measure approximately 8ft high by 20ft wide. This artwork is due to be completed in early 2015 and will be permanently installed in The Convention Centre Dublin.


‘Why does Prosperity feel like a dirty word?’ Irish Examiner, May 22nd, 2013

Recording of the collaboration between Cormac de Barra and Kyung so Park, 'WANT' as part of the 'Prosperity Project':

Broadcast, Radio 1, December 2014

The Prosperity Project: Jesse Jones Public Art Commission, Jesse Jones in conversation with Raymond Henshaw, Master Printmaker, Black Church Print Studio, 10th December, 4.30pm, Black Church Print Studio

The commission has been largely mediated through social media, and has an active facebook page:

To interview Jesse Jones and for any further information, contact Katrina Goldstone, at Create, 01 4736600 or email



Jesse Jones creates works that primarily take the form of film and video. She explores historical instances of communal culture that resonate with contemporary society and politics. The artist isolates forms and subjects, often through the use of Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement, as a tool for both re-imagining and directly intervening in social discourse. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Artsonje Center, Seoul, Spike Island, Bristol; Dublin City Gallery, both the Hugh Lane and Project Arts, Dublin; and REDCAT in Los Angeles.

She has made public work such as '12 Angry Films' - a temporary drive-in cinema project, commissioned by the Firestation Artists Studios, in Dublin in 2005.

In 2012 she created 'The Other North', in collaboration with Artsonje Centre Seoul and the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry - a film project inviting reflections on notions of geographic and historical North-South significance and their impact in Korean and Irish history. In summer 2013, she took part in 'Real DMZ' project, on the border of North and South Korea.


Commission Type OPW
Commissioner Name OPW, supported by Create.
Commissioning process Invited commission
Public Presentation dates May 14, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Partners OPW Create, the Irish National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Percent for art Yes
Location The Convention Centre
County Dublin
Street Address North Wall Quay
Content contributor(s) Web editor
Public engagement

The residents of the surrounding Docklands area 

The broader community of Dublin’s workers and urban dwellers 

Invited research delegates, associate artists, speakers and thinkers

Associated professionals / Specialists involved


Iain Boal (historian)

Janyce Condon 

Edia Connole & Scott Wilson

Cormac De Barra 

Anna Furse 

Lydia Kavina 

Niamh McCann.

The Korean Society of Ireland;

Kyungso Park 

Chi Yang Wang 

Produced by Lynnette Moran, Create.






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