Shaping our city through art & design

Supporting the arts community

By supporting art and design initiatives, we remain connected with the creative forces in our city and can help share their work with a wider audience.

Making In

IPUT is the founding corporate sponsor of Making In, an annual gathering of makers. This year’s theme was ‘Concert’ – the concerted and collaborative effort of making across, art, craft, design, and architecture.

Speakers and contributors

Patrick Murphy
Director, Royal Hibernian Academy

“The city is a place for people to collect together, to have a communal exchange.”

Kimmo Lintula
Partner, K2S Architects

“A good place for me is about scale and accessibility, but it’s also about the soul, or the feel or the sound of the place.”

Glenn Adamson
Curator, Writer and Historian

“The project of urban development and the project of personal development and the creation of a workshop like this, there is a lot in common and the conversation between the two is quite rich.”

Niall Gaffney
Chief Executive, IPUT

“That emotional contention that public art, good craft or good finishes gives to, someone like ourselves, that is looking to design better places, is so important.”

Wahei Aoyama
A Lighthouse called Kanata

“Great works of art and design fill a human sense of desire for happiness.”

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James Earley,
Undercurrents, 2021

'Undercurrents' is a site-specific artwork that takes its inspiration from The River Liffey, an iconic landmark that connects us geographically and culturally.

The artwork’s design seeks to depict the river’s currents through long, flowing strands. The interwoven pattern these abstract forms create represent the complex and interconnected nature of our physical and digital lives.

This bespoke, hand-crafted rug was produced in Ireland.

Eilis O’Connell, RHA

Night Gates

As part of our commitment to public art, we commissioned leading Irish sculptor Eilis O’Connell to produce two pieces of work at 10 Molesworth Street. The first piece is 'Night Gates' which adorns the entrance to the building. It is an intricately designed set of sliding gates featuring a series of large organic leaf shapes.

Eilis O’Connell, RHA

Unfurl

The second piece of work we commissioned for 10 Molesworth Street by leading Irish sculptor Eilis O’Connell is 'Unfurl'. 'Unfurl' is a major patinated bronze sculpture that sits in the building’s courtyard.

Eilis O’Connell, RHA

Six Works

Championing innovation, collaboration, and new thinking, we were delighted to again work with the RHA to present 'Eilís O’Connell, Six Works – an Augmented Reality Exhibition' at Wilton Park. Part of our placemaking strategy, which is always to enrich the areas in which we work, this interactive experience saw visitors using their smart devices to see sculpture works come to life virtually throughout the park.

Joseph Walsh

Magnus V

Irish artist Joseph Walsh was commissioned to create ‘Magnus V’, a seven-metre-high ash sculpture for the reception of 10 Molesworth Street. It is visible to the public through windows on both the Molesworth Street and South Frederick Street sides of the buildings.

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Shane O’Driscoll,
Lux Prima, First Light

Shane’s commission is about creating new studio work following the lockdown. It’s a new starting point with the introduction of composition shapes that take reference from the IPUT Making it Work graphic logo. The shapes have been reconfigured to create a visual language throughout the new development and are integral to the space’s identity.

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Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK

‘Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK’ is an immersive audio experience, accessed via a GPS-enabled app, that when downloaded, takes users of the iconic and historic St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin 2 on a sonic adventure offering differing soundscapes while bringing music to the public in a new and innovative way. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, this exciting new project blends public art and music to illuminate the natural environment.

‘Canal water’ by Colm Tóibín

An original piece of prose by award winning Irish writer, Colm Tóibín. In this short film Colm recites his work and speaks about the Wilton Park neighbourhood and its influence on Irish literature.

Cultural partners

As our footprint in the city has evolved, so too has our relationships with many cultural partners across the arts community.

Royal Hibernian Academy

We are proud to be a supporter of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) which promotes Irish artists and arts in the community. We fund a schools’ art programme, RHA Kids, which arranges visiting artists and educational initiatives in three local primary schools on an annual basis.

Graphic Gallery Studio

We are a patron of the Graphic Gallery Studio, a 60-year-old print works. The gallery works with major figures in Irish art and literature to participate in limited print runs, supporting the craft of printmaking. We commissioned a limited print run from Leah Hewson, one of our former Artists in Residence and have also commissioned Colm Tόbín and Charles Tyrell to collaborate on a portfolio of work for the studio. In 2020, we supported the visiting artist exhibition which featured a collection of prints by Mark Francis.