Words at Wilton Park

Welcome to the second annual Words at Wilton Park Programme, focussing on the literary traditions of Dublin, UNESCO City of Literature. Headlining the programme, Alan Gilsenan’s evocative Ghosts of Baggotonia is a special chance to see this film at the heart of the area that was its inspiration. We are also delighted to feature an Irish and international selection of film and animation, all celebrating the written word.

What's on now

10 June 2023
10 June
08.30 - 12.00
Farouk Alao
10 June
12.00 - 16.00
Julie Weber
10 June
16.00 - 20.00
Alan Gilsenan
10 June
20.00 - 21.30
What is My Nation
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Previous works

Brian Eno


Nick Miller

The Colours

Luke McManus

Beyond the Circular Line

Aideen Barry


Alan Butler

Painting: the pivot to video

Aoife Dunne


Clare Langan


Living Canvas In the Environment

Sensitive design

The Living Canvas Screen has been carefully designed to minimise all possible environmental impacts.

Living Canvas In the Environment

Energy efficient

Living Canvas uses LED lights, which, according to data from Electric Ireland, use up to 85% less electricity than traditional bulbs. 95% of the energy used by LED lights is converted to light, with only 5% output as heat. This reduces energy usage and environmental impact. A further survey found that LED lights are also the best and most energy-efficient alternative to compact fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent lighting.

Living Canvas In the Environment


Unlike illuminated advertising screens, Living Canvas does not run 24 hours a day. We have reduced our screen times by an additional hour per day, to further reduce our energy usage. They now run from 8.30am to 9.30pm. We show our ever changing programme of free arts and literature when more people are there to enjoy it.

Technology works at Living Canvas to further reduce environmental and social impacts. An automatic brightness system responds to environmental conditions, setting levels to suit the time of day, and ecological requirements. The screen is also gently recessed, to reduce light spill.

Living Canvas In the Environment

Kind to nature

We carry out seasonal surveys on local wildlife, including nearby nesting bats, by qualified expert consultants to ensure that all our systems are working to support the environment. This means that while LED lighting has been associated with increased “blue light”, reported to have a negative impact on human and animal sleep cycles, our brightness response systems, and dark times show that you can still use LEDs, and be kind to nature.

Supported by


Curatorial Committee

Living Canvas offers a unique and spectacular platform to introduce the public to leading and emerging artists working in the visual and digital field. At the same time, it has the potential to showcase the work of these artists to the world. The screen puts art in the public domain on a scale not previously encountered in Ireland. Programming is ongoing and is overseen by the Curatorial Committee:

• Patrick Murphy (Chair), Director, Royal Hibernian Academy
• Sheena Barrett, Curator, LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council
• Simon O'Connor, Director, Museum of Literature Ireland, MoLI
• Daniel Staines, Creative Director, Algorithm

New projects and initiatives are always in development, so check back soon for more.


Viewing Points, Audio and Accessibility

Living Canvas at Wilton Park is on the banks of the Grand Canal between Baggot Street Bridge and Leeson Street Bridge. Viewing points on both sides of the Canal.

Scan the QR code to hear accompanying audio via your smartphone.

The Living Canvas Screen is publicly situated, free and fully accessible. Please note these are public footpaths and roadways, so be aware of pedestrians, bicycles and vehicle traffic while viewing.

Living Canvas

Living Canvas is a cultural initiative by IPUT which establishes new ways of exhibiting artworks in large scale outdoor installations in Dublin’s city centre.