Docklands Arts Fund

River Liffey and Dublin Docklands from Liberty HallPrint

River Liffey and Dublin Docklands from Liberty Hall


About the Docklands Arts Fund:

The Pilot Docklands Arts Fund was launched in September 2015 on behalf of Business to Arts, and Dublin City Council’s Art and Docklands (former DDDA) offices. The pilot scheme aims to:

1) Develop large scale Business to Arts Partnerships

2) Raise unrestricted funds for artists to apply for small grants – through an Open Call

Docklands Arts Fund Purpose Statement:

“The purpose of the partnership between Dublin City Council & Business to Arts is to enhance develop and grow the practice, appreciation and development of quality arts experiences in the Docklands Area. Fostering a partnership with artists, businesses, residents, educators and appropriate agencies, we support the ongoing investment in this unique area by securing new financial and other resources.”       

Thanks to Oaktree Capital/Target Investment Opportunities/The South Docks Fund, the 2015 Docklands Print Commission, with artist Chris Judge, raised over €20,000 for the 2016 Small Grants Artists’ Open Call. Three art projects with community partnerships were selected to take place from September 2016-June 2017.  Read about them here.

Thanks to Savill’s Ireland alongside Oaktree Capital and TIO, the 2016 Docklands Print Commission, with artist Colin Martin RHA, has raised the funds for the 2017 Small Grants Artist’ Open Call, which was launched in May 2017. Further information on Colin Martin’s Etching ‘Vinyl Factory’ is here

Thanks to Oaktree Captial and TIO, the 2017 Docklands Print Commission, with artist Kelvin Mann, has been launched to raise the funds for the 2018 Small Grants Artist Open Call. Further information on Kelvin Mann’s Etching ‘Semi Detached High Rise’ can be found here.

If you are a business, organisation or individual based in Dublin’s Docklands and would like to support later phases of the project, please get in touch.

Artist Opportunities:  If you are a creative practitioner and would like to sign up for Open Call Artist Opportunities please sign up to our Arts Training newsletter here.

The wider Dublin docklands comprises the five villages of Ringsend/Irishtown, Pearse Street area, Grand Canal Dock, NorthWall/Spencer Dock area and East Wall.  See here a map of the wider docklands (marked in red), with the Grand Canal SDZ within that (marked in brown).

Docklands SDZ and Wider Docklands Area

Docklands SDZ and Wider Docklands Area

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