Value for Taxprayers Money

Artist Name(s) Nevan Lahart
Artwork title Value for Taxprayers Money
Context/Background The work Value for Taxprayers Money consists of 49 temporary sign paintings and two temporary sculptures in various public sites around Sligo town. Street railings, signposts fences and hoardings were used to hang the paintings.


The artist set up studio in a vacant pub in the centre of town. The paintings took the form of street signage. The subject matter was based on the artist’s response to the previous decade of prosperity and the very recent, 2008, economic downturn and financial crisis. One of the sculpture’s was a 3D line drawing of a skip, firstly located on a memorial plinth mounted on roof of the artist’s car and latterly ‘de-plinthed’ and placed on a weir in the river. The second sculpture, Debt Raft was made from common building materials such as plastic pipe, a wheelbarrow and faux building bricks. The Raft was moored in the river. All works are documented here


The artist opened his studio to young people on the Young Model programme and made a number of temporary sculptures with them. The local press featured a number of the sign paintings.



Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Sligo Borough Council
Commissioning process Selected to join a panel and invited to submit a proposal for an unspecified site.
Project commission dates July 1, 2008 - September 1, 2008
Public Presentation dates August 1, 2008 - January 1, 1970
Artform Visual Arts
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 01/07/2008
Project commission end date 01/09/2008
Location Garavogue River and multi-site Sligo Town
County Sligo
Content contributor(s) Mary McDonagh
Relationship to project Public Art Office, Sligo County Council
Public engagement

Members of the Young Model programme and the general public

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Artists, Terry Blake and Thomas Marcus Schumann 



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