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#14 Suburbia + Art

Issue 14 considers the ways in which public art is made and consumed within the suburbs. Four essays describe divergent approaches to project commissioning and implementation, highlighting the varied contexts and conditions that determine a work's lasting impact.

Essay 01
Suburban Art in Ireland’s Celtic Tiger: Class, Leisure, and Public Space

Kerry Guinan (Artist and Researcher) writes from an imagined future in order to look back, with a historic sensibility, towards projects of the recent past; a critical analysis which highlights disparities in practice and outcome across socio-economic divides in the Dublin region.

Essay 02
Cultural Regeneration in Ballymun: The Politics of Urban Memory and Socially Engaged Arts Practice

Peter Dowie (Data Analyst, Pobal) details the remaking of Ballymun during the regeneration scheme of the 2000s, reviewing the role that art policy, funding, and practice played in legitimising the wider reconstruction project.

Essay 03
Devil in the Detail: The Corish Roundabout

Sean Lynch (Artist) tells the story of an unusual and little-known temporary art work which briefly appeared in the suburban landscape of the Corish Roundabout, Co. Wexford.

Essay 04
Found in Space: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sculpture Trail

Shane Lynam (Photographer) documents the public sculptures of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County area, surveying the spaces and places in which each stand.

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