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National Drawing Day at The Hide Sculpture Read more
Fingal County Council’s Arts Office would love you to join us Saturday 19th of May 2019 to celebrate
National Drawing Day at The Hide Sculpture, Rogerstown Park ( Balleally Landfill) Lusk
National Drawing Day is a special event where institutions all over the country celebrate the joy of drawing. This year we are delighted to offer two very special workshops at the Hide Sculpture- The Hide Sculpture is located at Rogerstown Park, Lusk and is a 21st Century Monument created by artist Garrett Phelan which celebrates Fingal’s unique natural environments and those who work on the frontline for its protection.
The Hide Sculpture is a functional artwork and envisioned as a local space in which to consider all aspects of art, ecology and society, where visitors can participate in birdwatching and conversation about the world in which we live.
We will be hosting 2 special workshops, which will be free and open to the public with invited guest and local artist James English RHA & Garrett Phelan
11am – 1pm
The Art of Looking Closely with James English- James English is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and member of The Fingal Branch of Birdwatch Ireland. James will give participants an introduction to birdwatching in the area and take participants through ways to document birds from life on the estuary, using simple techniques of looking and drawing using charcoal, pencil and watercolour.
Workshop is Free with materials provided, All ages Welcome, Spaces Limited, Must be booked
2pm – 3pm
Extreme Drawing with Garrett Phelan – Garrett Phelan will facilitate a workshop of Extreme Drawing, where participants are invited to draw using ‘Natural’ materials found at the Hide Sculpture , Workshop is Free, All ages welcome,Spaces Limited,Must be booked
Tea, coffee & delicious cakes from local business Skinny Batch in Rush will also be provided for participants.
For booking contact
Public Art Co-ordinator. Ph: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph: 01 870 8449 www.fingalarts.ie
For more on the Project and Directions s visit
Born in Naul Co. Dublin 1946, lives in Loughshinny Co. Dublin where he has his Studio/ Gallery.
After a period in horse racing, he studied painting as a part time student in N.C.A.D. Studying under David Hone RHA and Charles Cullen.
He first exhibited his work in 1974 in the Tattan Gallery in Malahide Co Dublin. This was followed up with three more exhibitions in the Tattan before staging a one person Exhibition in Gallery 22 Dublin He then went on to have successful exhibitions in Kilcock Art Gallery, Kildare, the Gormley's Fine Art Dublin and Belfast, the Lavit Gallery in Cork and also in the Europa in Brussels.
In 2003 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and subsequently in 2005 was elected a full member.
James is a member of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland
Garrett Phelan was born in Fingal, North County Dublin in Ireland. His family history is rooted in the local villages of Skerries, Donabate & Portrane. Fingal has been an integral part of his thinking around his working practice as an artist since 1995. Garrett Phelan makes site-specific projects that include independent FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography, film, animation and drawing. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, with recent solo shows at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; IMMA, Dublin 2012; and group exhibitions at EVA International 2014; Palais des Beau-Arts de Bruxelles 2013; ICA, London 2012; 11th Lyon Biennial, 2011. Most recently Garrett was part of the Arts Councils Art 2016 programme with his project HEED FM, he is the author of The Hide Project www.thehideproject.com
Film Screening of The Butterfly Effect Read more
Tuesday 24th of April
11am – 12 noon
The Irish Museum of Modern Art
‘The Butterfly Effect is a new moving-image artwork created by students from Hartstown Community School in partnership with Artists Clodagh Emoe and Jenny Brady. The film considers causality and regret in modern life and is the artistic result of a project titled Everything is in Everything.
Everything is in Everything began in 2016 when Fingal Arts Office and Superprojects joined forces to initiate a collaborative commission between the artists and students. The project began in earnest with creative discussion and workshops in the school during 2017. The students visited exhibitions at IMMA, and welcomed writer Sue Rainsford into speak with them about creating narratives in artwork.
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.