• Friday , 15 November 2019

Grafton Street Art and Design Competition

The Grafton Street Quarter Draft Public Realm Plan sets out the vision for the future of the public realm in the area.  The Grafton Street Quarter is centred on Grafton Street and its supporting network of streets and spaces extending to one of the city’s premier squares – St. Stephen’s Green to the south, Trinity College and another major public space – College Green to the north, South Great George’s Street to the west and over to Dawson Street and Molesworth Street to the east.


The public realm comprises the range of streets, squares and city spaces, small and large, that are the open areas within the city’s built fabric.  Quality public realm plays a vital role in how the area functions and its attractiveness to those who live in, work in or visit it.  The quality of that public realm is created by the cohesiveness of all of its elements – paving, street furniture, lighting, street planting and art work which are set in the context of the buildings and the façades that enclose it.

Whilst the Grafton Street Quarter Draft Public Realm Plan aims to co-ordinate the approach to the public realm in the Grafton Street Quarter and to create coherence throughout the street network, it recognises the need to formulate a design for each unique space and individual street through the appropriate arrangement of elements. Public interest and comment in how public spaces are made and managed is always welcome and members of the public are invited to make a submission on the draft document.  View Grafton Street Quarter Draft Public Realm Plan here.

Submissions must be made in writing to Frank Lambe, Project Manager, South East Area, Block 2, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 or by email to graftonstreetquarter@dublincity.ie  before Friday, 15th November 2013.


New public art on Grafton Street is one of the improvements the public can expect in the Grafton Street Quarter in the coming years. Dublin City Council is now inviting artists and designers to submit their ideas for unique pieces of street furniture which will showcase the new-look Grafton Street. These are:

  • A seat for the top of Grafton Street (between St. Stephen’s Green and Chatham Street)
  • 12 unique art works which will also function as bollards
  • One design for a set of 10 ‘perch seat bollards’

The winning design or designs will be original and respond to the street’s history, architectural character and its central place in the life of the city. As well as being public artworks the designs must also work as street furniture so need to be both functional and imaginative”, says Dublin City Council’s Public Art Manager Ruairí Ó Cuív.

The Public Art Competition is open to all Irish and international designers and artists. Individuals or teams can apply for one or more of the three commissions. After 5th December 2013, Dublin City Council will shortlist five designs for each of the three categories and expects to commission the artworks in Spring 2014.

Briefing document for three commissions for the design of unique street furniture items for Grafton Street

Dublin City Council will host a Briefing Meeting on the competition at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8 at 11.00am on Thursday, 7th November 2013 as part of Design Week. An edited film of this session will be posted onwww.dublincitypublicart.ie  shortly afterward.

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