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Culture Night 2015 at Grangegorman

Posted: 21 September, 2015

A new public art programme for Grangegorman was launched as part of Dublin’s Culture Night 2015.

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“The possibility of an Archive” – video projection by artist Alan Phelan

The launch featured a range of performances and art installations from both local and national art practitioners, including singers Emeka Okakpu and Paul Johnston from St. Peter’s Church in Phibsboro; members of Bradóg Youth service, who performed a multilingual recitation of a poem entitled “You out there, change it”; and musicians Keith Scully and Kevin Corcoran from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama who performed Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K.314.

Bradog Youth Service

           Bradóg Youth Service performing multi-lingual recitation of “You Out There Change It”


Emeka Okapu Culture

                St. Peter’s Church Phibsoboro - performing Welcome Song


Keith Scully Kevin Corcoran Culture Night

                Keith Scully, oboe, and Kevin Corcoran, piano, performing Mozart Oboe Concerto

The programme was launched by Ciaran Benson, Chair of the Grangegorman Public Art Working Group.  Introducing the programme, Mr. Benson said “In Grangegorman Public Art we hope to enable artists to do what artists to best: to notice the significant, and to transform that noticing into something delightful and worthwhile for others.”

Presentations at the launch included an overview of the masterplan by Terry Prendergast, Senior Planner with the GDA, and a description of the restoration and refurbishment of the listed buildings on the site by  the GDA Conservation Architect Una Sugrue.   Other speakers included Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick who spoke about the educational vision for the site and Professor Brendan D. Kelly who has written a history of mental health provision on the Grangegorman site over more than a century.   Mel MacGiobúin, local area coordinator in the North Inner City, spoke about the importance of pride of place in people’s lives.  Sarah Searson, who prepared the Grangegorman Public Art Strategy with Claire Nidecker, described the process they had undertaken and their delight that it has been adopted by the project.

Terry Prendergast Culture Night

                                           Terry Prendergast, GDA Senior Planner

Following the formal launch, guests were invited to the Clocktower Building for a performance by artist Justine McDonnell, entitled “Breaking the Rule of Silence”.

Finally, as darkness closed in on the campus, artist Alan Phelan projected his piece “The Possibility of an Archive” on to the gable of the Energy Centre.

‘… the lives we live…’ – from Dreams of a Summer Night by Derek Mahon

                       ‘… the lives we live…’ – from Dreams of a Summer Night by Derek Mahon

Details of the Public Art Strategy are available on the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) website at or by emailing