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Artists invited to submit proposals for new Dublin Port project

Eamonn O Reilly (left) and Andrew Hetherington

Dublin Port today launched an open call to artists to create public artworks and installations around the area.

Artists selected to create site-specific works as part of Port Perspectives project could earn up to €40,000.

Proposals may be made for temporary and permanent artworks and a number of locations within Dublin Port, including Poolbeg Lighthouse, the Half Moon Battery, Dublin Port Company’s Headquarters and the North Quay Extension close to the East Link Bridge.

Business to Arts will project manage the open call. The deadline for applications is October 10.

Artists can find more information and learn about the application process on the Business to Arts website.

The shortlisted artists will be notified in November 2016 and the commissioned artists will be announced in January 2017.

Speaking at the launch of the project this morning, Eamonn O Reilly, CEO Dublin Port Company said:

“One of the challenges for Dublin Port is to create stronger links between the Port and the City, and through the arts we are working to achieve that,” said Eamonn O Reilly, Dublin Port Company chief executive.

“With Port Perspectives we want to bring the port and surrounding areas to life, using new and original artworks that inspire, engage and tell the story of Dublin Port to audiences far and wide.

“This is a project that celebrates both the visual arts and built environment where we live and work, and one that will greatly enhance the quality of the public realm at the port.

“I look forward to seeing how artists respond to the brief and working with them on this exciting new initiative.”

Also speaking at the launch, Andrew Hetherington, chief executive of Business to Arts said:

“Enabling artists to create new artworks and using Dublin Port as creative inspiration is at the heart of recent Dublin Port projects like Starboard Home and the Diving Bell.

“Port Perspectives will see Dublin Port and its partners nurture and develop new surprising and dynamic artworks in this exciting and ever changing part of the city.

“During 2017 and beyond, the arts will be front and centre for all visitors to Dublin Port and I can’t wait to see what will be imagined and created by the commissioned artists.”