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Artists wanted to capture Dublin’s local heroes

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We are seeking expressions of interest from artists and creative professionals with experience / interest in working in any artform or medium (as long as it can be digitised) to engage with our ‘Local Heroes’ and their stories to create artworks that can be digitally mapped on our Dublin City Cultural Map.

Portraits’ could be likenesses, blogs, visual or sound representations, recorded interviews or any combinations of these. Applications are open to ALL art forms. This project will require a reciprocal creative process between artist and participant. This may mean that the proposed ‘portrait’ will be a shared creative expression.

Artists will be supported in all practical and logistical aspects of the project by Dublin’s Culture Connects team, such as introductions to participants and providing access to appropriate interview transcripts, reports and materials that will inform the ‘portraits’ as well as general office support, logistics etc.

We expect to commission each artist to capture the ‘portraits’ of a minimum of three participants. The three participants for the portraits can be provided by us, or, if agreed, the artist may wish to add a ‘Local Hero’ of their own. Additional ‘portraits’ may be awarded subject to an agreed additional fee.

In keeping with the core values of Dublin’s Culture Connects, we will require the selected practitioners to share their own views on the cultural life of the city with us at regular points over the course of their project. We will do this through a series of short questionnaires, monitoring and evaluation of the project, content creation for social media related to the themes and progress of the project, and reporting upon completion.


The portraits will capture, reflect or interpret the lives and stories of the Dubliner’s as told to our team of interviewers or the artist in response to questions on the following themes:

  • Their life story and history
  • Their connection to Dublin in general and their specific Dublin neighbourhood
  • Their understanding of culture – what it means to them
  • Their hopes and dreams for themselves and/or the future of the city

Project Timeline and Structure:

Closing date for applications: 6th March 2018.

Notification: 13th March 2018.

Set-up meetings: Week commencing 20th March 2018.

Artists meet participants: Late March Note: Artists will be expected to meet with their allotted interview participants/portrait subjects at least once.

Project fieldwork: Early April 2018.

Projects must be completed by April 2018.

Application Process:

To apply, please send:

  • A concise up-to-date CV that includes links to previous work, portfolio, website etc.
  • A brief 1-page statement outlining:
    • 1) your suitability for this project
    • 2) your ideas for approaching this commission and your possible methodological approach (these will serve as a starting point for the project process)


Applications will be assessed and shortlisted on the basis of the information received by a selection panel that will include representation from Dublin’s Culture Connects, Dublin City Council as well as independent artists.

NOTE: Successful applicants will require Garda vetting.

Fee for project delivery: €3,000 in total for three portraits

Time commitment is a minimum of 1/2 day each with three participants and three days per portrait for studio time, developing and agreeing the final artwork with Dublin’s Culture Connects and the participant, plus other administration, reports and meetings as agreed.

Email queries and applications to

Closing Date for Applications: 6th March 2018



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