Community groups in Ballyfermot, Finglas, Raheny, Smithfield & Terenure invited to take part in creative projects connected to new sculptures coming to their areas

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Sculpture Dublin initiative aims to increase local engagement with
public sculpture

For immediate release: September 30, 2020: Sculpture Dublin is an
ambitious Dublin City Council initiative designed to put sculpture at
the heart of communities around Dublin, and earlier this year it
announced plans for new sculpture commissions around the city.

It is now inviting communities in Ballyfermot, Finglas, Raheny,
Smithfield and Terenure to take part in creative projects that will be
developed in connection with the new sculptures set to come to their
localities.

This invitation is part of a wider local public engagement programme
which is underway to raise awareness of the new commissions, and of
the existing sculpture in the city . Sculpture Dublin is also
connecting with schools, libraries, local history societies and DCC
Local Area Offices to raise awareness of the new commissions and the
sculpture commissioning process, and to stimulate conversations about
how public art enhances our surroundings and enriches our lives.

Speaking about this invitation to local community groups,  Ray Yeates,
City Arts Officer, Dublin City Council said; “The mission of Sculpture
Dublin is to engage the public with sculpture in a new way and we are
particularly excited about working with communities that will be
getting new sculpture, so that we can involve them in the creative
process at an early stage. We strongly encourage local residents and
community groups in the areas of Ballyfermot, Finglas, Raheny,
Smithfield and Terenure to get in touch with us so that we can involve
them in creative engagement activity round the new commissions coming
to their area in the next year,” he said.

Sculpture Dublin is also inviting people around Dublin to give their
thoughts on public sculpture and what it means to them in a short
online survey on the ‘Commissions’ pages of its website
www.sculpturedublin.ie

The initiative, which was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu
in July, has also created a rich repository of information about
sculpture in Dublin on its website, including a series of articles,
details of sculpture exhibitions in cultural institutions, and
information about existing public sculpture around the city.

Interested community groups in Ballyfermot, Finglas, Raheny,
Smithfield & Terenure are asked to contact julia@sculpturedublin.ie
before 9 October 2020.

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