Sculpture Dublin Commission | Smithfield Square Lower

Sculpture Dublin aims to raise awareness of Dublin’s sculptural heritage and to commission new sculptures in parks and public spaces city-wide. It is a Dublin City Council initiative, developed by Parks and Landscape Services and the City Arts Office, and supported by the Hugh Lane Gallery and Visual Artists Ireland.

Dublin City Council will commission a public sculpture in each of the DCC administrative areas: North West, North Central, Central, South Central and South East. The commission for the Central Area - North Inner City will be developed at Smithfield Square Lower, Dublin 7.


This is a two-stage, open competition.

The commission invites artists to propose a sculpture for Smithfield Square Lower, a small pedestrian square located between the Red Line Luas tracks and Arran Quay. Artists may choose to reference Smithfield’s long and varied history in their work or look to its contemporary contexts for inspiration. However, the primary focus of this commission is a celebration of sculpture, its material qualities and form, and the promotion of more meaningful interaction between people and place.

Please read the brief for further details about the commission, location and development.


The budget for the artwork is €100,000 incl VAT.

Site visit

A site visit for interested artists will take place at Smithfield Square Lower at 12 noon on 14 August 2020. The briefing will include a question and answer session, and will be filmed and posted on Vimeo.


A full artist's brief is available to download at:


The deadline for receipt of Stage One submissions is 12 noon, 28 August 2020.





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