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Limerick Twenty Thirty: Public Art Commission for Opera Square (Ireland)

Architectural render of a wide open plaza on a sunny day. Blossoming trees are planted in front of a library and there are small knots of people scattered about.

Opera Square is a landmark reimagining of a city quarter that honours and reignites the age-old entrepreneurial spirit of Limerick. It will feature a series of diverse but interconnected buildings around a central plaza, discoverable by laneways from the surrounding waterfront, city high street and nearby market district.

Limerick has always been about forward movement, of tides and ships, of new peoples, trade and ideas. Opera Square embodies this vibrant heritage. It is designed for flow, connecting neighbourhoods and drawing footfall in and onwards. It is a magnetic new centre for the city, for the ebb and flow of day and night, work and culture, community and enterprise.

The public art commission will be intrinsic to creating an identity and sense of place for the Central Plaza. The selected artwork will be a contemporary, ambitious and visually strong artwork that complements the cultural and environmental values of Opera Square.

There is a two-stage commission process. Stage 1 is open to artists at all stages of career based in Ireland and internationally. The selection panel will shortlist up to 5 artists who will be invited to further develop their proposals at Stage 2. Artists invited to Stage 2 will be paid a proposal development fee of €700.

The budget for the final commission is €100,000. The successful artist will be responsible for the design and creation of the artwork including final installation, within the budget, in Q1 2024. The budget is to include all costs, artist fees, expenses, materials, insurance, fabrication, engineer’s reports, any relevant consultations and installation fees. The budget for this commission excludes VAT.

Artists will have the opportunity to attend an online Information Session on 22nd of June at 2pm.


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