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I am baba - a beautiful new piece of theatre for babies Read more
A new piece of theatre for babies aged 0-12months is coming to Fingal this October - we welcome tiny experts to help in the creation of I am Baba which will tour to three locations in Fingal - Draiocht in Blanchardstown, Holywell Community Centre in Swords & Flemington Community Centre in Balbriggan. The performance is a creative conversation between performer and baby where each show is nuanced in response to each baby and their adult companion. Attendance is free, but booking is essential as places are limited.
Per Cent for Art Scheme Read more
The Per Cent for Art Scheme allows for a percentage cost of a capital Project of a capital project to be used for the commissioning of an art project.
In 1986 the Department of the Environment adopted this scheme and it was initially called “The Artist Embellishment Scheme” and provided the opportunity for Local Authorities to commission permanent sculptural works. Since a review of the scheme, which has since extended to all Government Department with construction budget, the scope of the artwork commissioned under the scheme has also expanded.
Room 13 Inquiry Film Premiere & Website Launch Read more
Film Premiere and Website Launch of Room 13 Inquiry on Tuesday 20th of June at 12 noon in Draíocht.
Room 13 Inquiry is a dynamic investigation into the potential of shared art studio spaces in school settings. It has evolved in two primary schools in Fingal since its inception in 2014 and includes the provision of a dedicated art studio space, an artist in residence and a series of exhibition and artists' studio visits for the students.
THE HIDE PROJECT Read more
Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to announce the launch of The Hide Project which will be introduced to the public with the opening of one of its core elements – The Hide Sculpture by Councillor Darragh Butler, Mayor of Fingal, Monday 13th March, 2pm Balleally Landfill, Lusk North County Dublin.
In 2007 artist Garrett Phelan was selected by Fingal County Council, Dublin, to imagine and conceive a public art project as part of the Council's Public Art Programme funded through the State's Per Cent for Art Scheme*. Over an extended period of research, conversation and negotiation he presented the idea of THE HIDE PROJECT. The Hide Project is an expansive, artwork in several parts, inspired by the Rogerstown Estuary Balleally, in Lusk, an area renowned for its magnificent bird life.
THE HIDE PROJECT consists of four interconnected elements:
THE HIDE SCULPTURE,
THE HIDE SUITE,
THE HIDE SCULPTURE, located on the North County’s landfill site at Balleally, is the core of the project. It is a large-scale permanent sculptural installation consisting of a fully functioning purpose built, artist designed and customised Bird Hide, with a gateway and pathway amidst the natural foliage and fauna of the area. THE HIDE SCULPTURE It is a sculptural work that provides a service to the visitor as a fully functioning Bird Hide, and a key observation point from which to view birds along the Rogerstown Estuary. THE HIDE SCULPTURE is cast in dyed green concrete with a hyper-realistic wooden texture finish.The artist has hand carved the entire wooden interior of the Hide Sculpture with images depicting symbolism associated with the site and the artists own work.THE HIDE SCULPTURE is a participatory, public artwork which will be activated by the artist for the visitors to Balleally at designated times.
THE HIDE SUITE is a beautiful box set of 26 wonderful artist's prints which were produced in association with Stoney Road Press in the context of THE HIDE PROJECT and THE HIDE SCULPTURE. Each print features a detailed drawing of selected bird species recorded at the site by the artist and which visitors to THE HIDE SCULPTURE can expect to see. The drawings are interspersed with the artist’s own personal and visual vocabulary of recurring motifs such as radios, microphones, batteries and cosmological references. These motifs are consistently repeated within Phelan's practice and are also integrated into the fabric of THE HIDE SCULPTURE. This series will be launched at Stoney Road press, Dublin 1,later this year.
www.thehideproject.com is designed to be a valuable platform for the public to explore the ongoing documentation of the project. The website will feature video, text, and podcasts with the artist,commissioners,Balleally staff,bird watchers who frequent the vicinity and biodiversity specialists. It will also host the details of the ongoing activities and opening times where the conversation will continue live.
The entirety of THE HIDE PROJECT takes the form of a 21st century functional monument dedicated to the people of Fingal and to their proximity to, and relationship with, the landscape. In particular, it honours those who have given of their time for the protection, preservation and conservation of the local environment, its flora and its fauna.
Love in Perpetum- The Hide Sculpture
Visits to the Hide Sculpture will be made available through scheduled dates and times, which will be updated on our dedicated website,
Admission is free.
For further information please contact:
Public Art Co-ordinator for
Fingal County Council
Getting there from Dublin City Centre:Head North towards M1Belfast, Take Exit 4/R132,continue north at Blakes Cross,take the right on to the R127,take immediate right onto Balleally Lane,follow the Road to the Balleally Landfill, Entrance signposted on the right.
GARRETT PHELAN - Context
The practice of ornithology has long been a strong feature of Phelan's work. Birds and their behaviours are for Phelan an enduring symbol for him to explore the complex systems at play within our own society. They are the interface between humans and the wild world. They are messengers, militants, migrants and the oracles of our environment.
The activity of birdwatching became popular during the Industrial Revolution where an increasingly busy population sought opportunities to slow down and to re-acquaint themselves with nature, as cities began to encroach on the surrounding countryside. THE HIDE PROJECT, under the auspices of the public art genre and even birdwatching itself, provides a democratic space, acting like the space of radio, a recurrent feature of the artist's practice will provide us with a rare opportunity to tune in and receive transmissions from the edge of a delicate ecological sanctuary at Balleally.
Garrett Phelan seeks to create both a strongly emotive and immersive experience for his audience. By being present at THE HIDE SCULPTURE at designated times he is inviting us to begin the conversation about the environment, society and art's place within in it.
An Invitation To Collaboration 2016 Read more
Fingal County Council in partnership with South Dublin, Dublin City & Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils were successful with their application for a new Early Years Arts Commission and Engagement programme through the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme.
We are one of six projects nationwide to receive funding under this scheme. It is great news for the early years arts sector.
Here is an arts council promo piece for the scheme.
Waves, connecting young people, art and the political Read more
As part of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme, Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is working in partnership with Fingal Curator Cleo Fagan, founder of Superprojects*, to provide a unique arts-in-education initiative for two post-primary schools in Fingal. The project explores the multiple layers of meaning and contexts associated with the 1916 Easter Rising and the commemorations in 2016. The project links history and the everyday, bringing awareness to the influence of individuals, collectives and our material environment on social and political changes, past and present. (image: Ruth Lyons, Pilot Light, 2015)
Artist Stories / Patrick Scott Read more
Born in Kilbrittan, Co Cork, in 1921, Patrick Scott has exhibited extensively both in Ireland and internationally. Patrick Scott works in a disciplined, simple yet individualistic manner. He studied architecture at University College Dublin and after graduation in 1945 worked with the architect Michael Scott. His training in architecture is reflected in his strict use of formal yet distinctive symbols. He has devoted himself fully to painting since 1960. Scott travelled extensively in China and Japan, and his interest in oriental art is evident in his work, expressed by the simplicity of geometric forms, the minimal use of colour, and a characteristic use of line. In July 2007, Scott, who is a founding member of Aosdána, was conferred with the title of Saoi, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an Irish artist.