Call for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, Limerick

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Part of the multi-million euro revitalisation project of Limerick’s premier street.

Limerick City and County Council has announced details of a competition for a new public art installation on O’Connell Street in the heart of Limerick city centre.

The commissioning of a new piece is part of the multi-million euro revitalisation project of O’Connell Street, that is currently going through the Part VIII (Part 8) planning process.

The new artwork will be in place on a permanent basis and is intended to reflect the current transformation of Limerick City and the region, while also taking into account the significant Georgian legacy that O’Connell Street retains, as well as its later Victorian and Edwardian interventions - styles which extended outwards as the city grew and prospered.

Consideration must be given to visual impact on the street and positive impact on the environment.

The commission must be no taller than the top of the adjacent building parapets.

The selected artist or artist team must be open to future collaboration whereby the artwork may be shown on multimedia, as images of the commission may be used for marketing purposes.

Consideration should also be given to the need to incorporate the selected commission into the larger O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project, and the need to coordinate the installation of the artwork.

Proposals from individual artists, collaborations, collective responses, and interdisciplinary practices are sought and welcome in equal measure.

The Public Art Competition is being run as part of the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project which will see Limerick’s main thoroughfare transformed into a pedestrian priority area, with improved surfaces, more street furniture, a shared road surface and priority bus lane.

A briefing meeting for artists, curators and creative producers interested in the commission was held on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at Limerick City and County Council Corporate Headquarters. The briefing session is available to view, click here.

Important dates for registration of interest and submission of Stage One:

  • Registration Deadline Thursday 26th September 2019
  • Queries Deadline Friday 27th September 2019
  • Submission Deadline Monday 30th September 2019 at 12pm

Selection of the Commission will be announced in December 2019, with an anticipated completion date of artwork by end 2020.

For more information about the Public Art competition please see eTenders website, RFT number 155363. Please note that all submissions must be made via eTenders.

For more information on the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation project visit


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