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Dublin Airport, NCAD & Business to Arts unveil winner of the Creative Journeys Billboard Open Call with Deirdre Byrne’s ‘High Flyers’

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Artist Deirdre Byrne with Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport Business to Arts DAA Picture Conor McCabe

Today, Dublin Airport and NCAD have announced that artist Deirdre Byrne, a NCAD graduate has been selected to have her artwork displayed at Dublin Airport. The work, ‘High Flyers’ which is displayed on a 7m x 2m billboard at one of Dublin Airport’s boarding gate piers, is part of a partnership between Dublin Airport and NCAD known as Creative Journeys. Dublin Airport held an open call this summer inviting anyone to submit a piece of work which would be displayed in Dublin Airport over 1 year. Over 100 entries were received.

As an Irish artist from Wexford, based in Spain, Deirdre was inspired by her journey’s returning to Dublin: “I often look out and try to spot landmarks below. When I learned of the open call, I thought this familiar landscape would make a good image for the billboard. The kites in the image that fly over the coastline were inspired by the work of the Wildlife Control Team in Dublin Airport that use kites depicting birds of prey to deter actual birds from the runway.”

At the unveiling of the work, Deirdre Byrne noted:“I’m really delighted that my work was selected by NCAD, Dublin Airport, and Business to Arts for the Creative Journeys Billboard Project. My work has never been printed to such a large scale before and it felt great to see the finished billboard in place at a busy spot in Terminal 1 where it will be seen by so many people passing through.”

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport said: “We are delighted to feature Deirdre’s work here in Dublin Airport as part of our Creative Journey’s partnership with NCAD and Business to Arts. The finished piece is hugely impressive, and it is notable how many passengers are stopping to take it in. The various installations that form part of the Creative Journey’s partnership are individually and collectively transforming the visual landscape of Dublin Airport for our passengers. Dublin Airport provides the first welcome and last goodbye to Ireland for tens of millions of people every year and ‘High Flyers’ is already a firm favourite among both passengers and staff – our wildlife control team included.”

Supported by Business to Arts, the Creative Journey’s partnership will deliver a full public art programme at Dublin Airport over the next two years. Seven sites have been chosen across the airport campus to host works within Creative Journeys. The sites are located in landside and airside areas to allow both departing and arriving passengers to view the works of art. This enables members of the public who are at the airport but not travelling to view some of the installations. For full details see below.

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