Infrastructure 2017 - 2021 is a Local, National and International opportunity open to artists from all disciplines


Fingal Arts Office works in partnership with leading education and cultural institutions, researchers and artists.


The Big Shoe Dog — John Kindness. Part of the Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection

  1. Mentoring Programme for Fingal Writers Read more


    Fingal Arts Office have partnered with Words Ireland to deliver a Mentoring Programme for Fingal Writers.  This is a national programme open to ‘emerging Fingal writers’  or anyone who has published 1 or 2 books, or has published essays, poems, or short stories in magazines or journals. The programme ideal for poets, literary prose writers and creative non-fiction writers.

  2. Announcement - Infrastructure Public Art Programme 2018 - 2021 Awards 9 new Commissions for Fingal Read more


    Exciting new public art commissions unfolding throughout the county from 2018 - 2021

  3. Fingal Arts Office Graduate Award Opportunity 2018 in Partnership with Block T

    Fingal Arts Office Graduate Award Opportunity 2018 in Partnership with Block T Read more


    Fingal County Council Arts Office and BLOCK T are delighted to announce a Graduate Award as part of FUEL, Block T/s Visual Arts Programme dedicated to the support and professional development of recent graduates

  4. CPD / Primary School Teachers / The Artful Classroom

    CPD / Primary School Teachers / The Artful Classroom Read more


    Fingal County Council & Superprojects present

    The Artful Classroom

    A CPD programme for primary school teachers
    Accredited by Drumcondra Education Centre

    July 2nd – 6th 2018

    Lunch will be provided 

    Bracken Educate Together National School & The Irish Museum of Modern Art

    Please find attached information on our upcoming CPD programme for Primary School Teachers.  It is accredited by Drumcondra Education Centre and carries an entitlement of extra personal vacation (EPV) days.

    Full course information, booking details and facilitators’ biographies are within the flyer, please circulate to your colleagues and anyone you think might be interested. 

    Booking Link: 

    We look forward to seeing you there. 

  5. National Drawing Day at The Hide Sculpture

    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
    Caroline Cowley

    Public Art Co-ordinator. Ph:
    Ph: 01 870 8449

    For more on the Project  and Directions s visit

    James English
    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
    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

  6. Film Screening of The Butterfly Effect

    Film Screening of The Butterfly Effect Read more


    Film Premiere
    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.  

  7. I am baba - a beautiful new piece of theatre for babies

    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. 

  8. Launch of Loughshinny Boathouse Artists’ Studio

    Launch of Loughshinny Boathouse Artists’ Studio Read more


  9. Infrastructure Fingal County Council’s Public Art Programme 2017 - 2021 Read more


  10. All Bread is Made of Wood - This Dirt, Swords Castle

    All Bread is Made of Wood - This Dirt, Swords Castle Read more


  11. Resort Revelations

    Resort Revelations Read more


    Fingal County Council's Arts Office is delighted to announce this year’s Resort Revelations is launching on Tuesday 6th September

  12. Per Cent for Art Scheme

    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.

  13. 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:
    Hide Fm

    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. 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:
    Caroline Cowley,
    Public Art Co-ordinator for
    Fingal County Council
    T:01 8708449

    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.


  15. An Invitation To Collaboration 2016

    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.


  16. Autumn Sounds 2016

    Autumn Sounds 2016 Read more


    Fingal’s favourite classical series is back again at Farmleigh and The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

  17. Sue Rainsford reads from commissioned text at Waves Read more


  18. Waves Documentary Film

    Waves Documentary Film Read more


  19. Mobile Monuments - 1916 Public Art Commission

    Mobile Monuments - 1916 Public Art Commission Read more


  20. Waves, connecting young people, art and the political

    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) 

  21. Survey on Proposed Swords Civic and Cultural Centre Read more


  22. Animated Film commissioned by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office for the 2013-17 Arts Plan Read more


    This animated film was commissioned by Fingal County Council's Arts Office as part of the communications strand for the 2013 - 2017 Arts Plan

  23. Fingal Arts Plan 2013 — 2017

    Fingal Arts Plan 2013 — 2017 Read more


    The Arts Office are happy to publish the 2013-2017 Arts Plan.  The Plan is the second framework document for arts development by Fingal County Council. 

  24. Artist Stories / Patrick Scott

    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.

  25. Fingal Mummers / The Mummers Play

    Fingal Mummers / The Mummers Play Read more