By creating a collection of public art, Dublin Arts Council’s Dublin Art in Public Places program’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for Dublin’s residents and to strengthen the city as a destination for visitors.
The collection includes both large and small visual artworks acquired through a variety of models in which Dublin Arts Council is actively engaged; including major gifting, committee-directed projects, calls for entries and jurying, on-loan programs with an acquisition component, interactive projects, contributions to the City’s interior collection and projects which define a community initiative. The collection is currently valued at $3.8 million.
The Dublin Art in Public Places program was begun in 1988 and has grown to more than 60 large and small-scale permanent, temporary and interactive public art projects today.
Dublin Arts Council maintains that public art should inspire an emotional response, provoke questions and invite interaction, while encouraging ingenuity and creative discovery by artists. The collection of public artworks distinguishes our community and creates a sense of place while contributing to Dublin’s aesthetic legacy.
Dublin Arts Council, in collaboration with City of Dublin adopted its first Public Art Master Plan in 2021. A copy can be downloaded here.