Open Call for New Programme of Commissions

South Dublin County Council’s Public Art Programme 2016 – 2019 under the Per Cent for Art Scheme

Two Commissioning Strands

Strand 1 – Projects Awards

The Commissioners would like to offer flexibility with a range of funding available for innovative proposals. Each project value can be set between €15,000 and €50,000: fees and operating budget inclusive. This provides scope for budgets to be relative to the nature and scale of the proposed artistic commission.

The Project Award commissions can include work in any of the recognised contemporary art forms: architecture, dance, film, literature, music, opera, performing arts and theatre and visual arts / visual culture and can be achieved through once-off interventions, residencies, collaborative projects, inter- disciplinary responses and time-based work.

The proposed process must involve artists (making new work) as the central aspect of the commission. Curators, artistic directors and creative producers may also make proposals.

Strand 2 – Evaluation Commission

Through this commission, it is intended to create the space for reflection, feedback and dialogue between the Commissioners, the commissioned artists and the different communities of interest. The maximum available for this opportunity is €20,000 for a two year period during the commissioning process: fees and operating budget inclusive.

It is expected that the person(s) awarded the evaluation commission will devise, structure and manage a creative framework allowing for ongoing evaluation throughout the commissioning process. It will be informed by, and give consideration, to the vision and aspirations for IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME. The Commissioners will be especially interested to see new, creative ways of building- in critical reflection, as well as points of communication, connection and interaction between the various projects.

The brief for the Evaluation Commission is open and artists / arts organisations / curators / artistic directors / creative producers / arts facilitators and educators are invited to apply. Applications maybe be made by individuals or a team. Applications may be made only by individuals or a team who are based-in or living and working in Ireland.


The commissions for IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME will be procured through a competitive open submission process. Artists will submit proposals in response to the brief, and to the specific strand criteria. Artists will work closely with, and receive support from the Arts Office towards realising these significant commissions in the County.

Artists and arts practitioners are invited to propose projects for either of the two commissioning strands: Strand 1 – Project Awards or Strand 2 – Evaluation Commission.

Artists’ proposals are invited for temporary public art projects and no permanent works of art are envisaged.

Artists are not required to be living in or from the County and may work with artists/ collaborators from elsewhere in the County, Ireland or internationally. While artists are not expected to live in the county, they will be expected to be in regular contact with the County, making regular visits.

Artists from outside of Ireland may apply as well as artists from Ireland. This is with the exception of applying to the Evaluation Commission; individuals and teams applying to this strand must be based-in or living and working in Ireland.

Projects commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME are not tied to any specific geographical or electoral area or to site or scheme but must be realised or presented within South Dublin County. All applicants are asked to consider the ‘pointers’ provided in the full Artists Brief that is available to download here. The ‘pointers’ are intended to give an introduction and initial grounding to the context.

The Commissioners and Curators of IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME see South Dublin County as an aerial map of diverse communities, recurrent patterns and themes, distinctive places and possibilities. Applicants making proposals to the programme of commissions are asked to reflect on the ‘experience of’ the County and respond with innovative, radical and risk-taking approaches.


All projects will be realised between the three-year timeframe of 2017 – 2019. Applicants are asked to propose their timescale within this period. The Arts Office will activate the commissions at different points in consultation with commissioned individuals / teams.


The public art programme will be supported by the resources of South Dublin County Council Arts Office, who will work across the programme managing contractual agreements, communications, marketing, timelines and budgets. Artists will be supported by a Programme Curator(s) whose role is specifically focused on support to artists in the creation of ambitious new work, logistics, building relationships and communications with artists and groups in the county. The Programme Curator(s) will produce an additional programme of curatorial and artists’ supports introduced across the programme.

Briefing and Information Day – Wednesday 19th October

An information and briefing meeting will be arranged for artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artistic directors, curators, creative producers, arts and culture groups, community groups. Diverse presentations and a questions and answers session will form an important part of this gathering. The meeting will take place at RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, on Wednesday 19th October 2016, at 10.30am.

For more information contact:


Artists or teams making an application are required to submit a proposal and provide supporting documentation and material relating to previous work. For full details on how to make an application, please go to the IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME website.

Address for applications

Applications should be marked and delivered to:

IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME Evaluation Commission OR Project Awards

Arts Office
Library Headquarters
Unit 1
The Square Industrial Estate Tallaght
Dublin 24

Closing Date for Both Strands

12pm Friday, 2nd December 2016.
Late submissions WILL NOT be accepted.

Contact and Submissions

Applicants are welcome to make enquiries regarding commissions. These can be directed to the Arts Office by email to: