Artist Commission: Dublin Holds My Mind

Dublin Holds My Mind


This never was my town,

I was not born or bred

Nor schooled here and she will not

Have me alive or dead

But yet she holds my mind

With her seedy elegance,

With her gentle veils of rain

And all her ghosts that walk

And all that hide behind

Her Georgian facades –

The catcalls and the pain,

The glamour of her squalor,

The bravado of her talk.


An excerpt from Dublin by Louis MacNiece. © Estate of Louis MacNeice.


Culture Night Dublin is inviting proposals from professional artists, born in or currently living in Dublin, for Dublin Holds My Mind, an artistic response to our capital city. Three artist commissions, to the value of €2,000 each, are being supported by Dublin City Council.

The commissions, an initiative first presented as part of Culture Night Dublin 2020, invite professional artists operating in any discipline to propose work that responds to the city of Dublin. Emerging from a period of isolation and disconnect, we seek to reignite the dialogue between the city and its communities, by celebrating its many layers and complexities through the means of creative expression.

Each work will be presented as part of Culture Night 2021 on Friday, 17 September.


How to Apply:

Culture Night Dublin invites professional artists to submit applications for consideration for this commission. Applicants must have been born in, or are currently living in Dublin.

We are inviting artists to submit a document, labeled with the name of the artist or artist team, and must include:

– A one-page project proposal outlining: the artists’ statement; ideas and concepts for the project; budget; and timeline. A visual representation may also be included as a separate page.

– A current one-page CV that includes examples of previous work.


Applicants are invited to submit a project proposal that fulfils the following criteria:

– Responds in some way to the city of Dublin

– Seeks to revitalise public spaces, reconnecting the city with its communities

– Can be accessed safely by socially distanced audiences and in line with relevant COVID-19 guidelines

– Can be adapted for online consumption if necessary

– Visually / audibly / sensorially impactful

– Conveys a clear message or narrative


Successful applicants will be expected to deliver the activity as part of Dublin’s Culture Night programme on Friday, 17 September 2021.

Commissioned projects will be promoted as part of the Culture Night Dublin and national Culture Night 2021 programmes. Successful applicants will also act as Ambassadors for the Culture Night Dublin campaign.

Each proposal must be deliverable within Dublin City, and adhere with Health and Safety and relevant COVID-19 guidelines. Each work should ideally be presented in-person with online adaptations reserved for the possibility of presenting work under increased levels restrictions.


The total inclusive budget of €2,000 should include:

– Artist’s fees

– Any other professional service fees

– Materials and fabrication

– Insurance

– Transportation

– Travel

– Accommodation


In the areas of production and tech, Culture Night Dublin will work with the selected artists to ensure all projects are presented to the public in accordance with relevant Health & Safety and public health guidelines. More information about insurance for artists can be found here.

Successful projects should be made available to Dublin City Council and funding partners for sharing on websites/social media thereafter and for archival purposes.

Applications should be submitted to by 5pm on Thursday, 8 July. Queries relating to the call-out can also be directed to this email address.

Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, 15 July.