An International Symposium on Public Art & Commissioning

presented by Fingal County Council

8th/9th October

The Waterside House Hotel, Donabate,Fingal County Dublin

The symposium will bring together a range of international organisations to discuss current trends and approaches towards commissioning in Europe and beyond. The event also seeks to contextualise the approaches of the Irish Local Authority to the commissioning of public art within this greater framework.Current critical art journals will also have a focus at this symposium due to their role in providing a context, an audience and a legacy for the work produced here.The event will take place over two days at a small seaside hotel in Donabate, Co. Dublin and is proximate to the sites of some prominent works commissioned by Fingal County Council, Site visits with commissioned artists will be organised along with a special screening of Brian Duggan’s The Measure and the launch of Christine Mackey’s A Year in the Field.


Speakers include

Simon Maidment, Satellite Art Projects, Melbourne,Australia
Cecile Bourne Nouveaux Commanditares  New Patrons,Paris,France
Nils Van Beek,TAAK ( Formerly Skor), Amsterdam,Netherlands
Marielle Uhalde, Consonni, Bilbao, Spain

Mark Garry
Garrett Phelan
Christine Mackey
Dan Dubowitz & Fearghus O’Conchuir
Commissioning Editors
Occupy Paper, Limerick
Critical Bastards, Belfast
Fugitive Papers, Galway
Envlave Review, Cork
Paper Visual Art, Dublin
Daniel Jewsbury

The event will be chaired by Valerie Connor,Lecturer, DIT and Visual Art Representative, National Campaign for the Arts

More speakers to be announced

Admission fee:€10 ( can be paid and receipted on arrival)

Lunch & refreshments, city centre bus for both days and delegate pack is included in the cost.

Booking Essential.
To reserve your place contact:

Caroline Cowley, Public Art Co-ordinator,,
Ph:01 870 8449
Please indicate at the time of reservation if you wish to  avail of the bus service.

Ph: 01 870 8449 Updates on additional speakers and programme

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A bus will provided for delegates travelling from Dublin city centre for those  wishing to avail if accommodation at the symposium venue please contact


The Waterside House Hotel T: +353(0)1 843 6153