Carlow County Council Public Art Commissions – Opportunity for Artists

Carlow County Council – Public Art Working Group wish to commission an artist(s) under the FÁILTE IRELAND DEVELOPED & EMERGING DESTINATION TOWNS CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME (2019) to create a compelling, artistically excellent, contemporary series of interactive artworks that are incorporated into the indicative Town Trail located across Carlow Town.

Timescale – Stage 1 deadline for applications: 12noon 17th February 2021,  Stage 2 deadline: 12noon 12th March 2021

Budget Available: €50,000 fully inclusive of VAT, all materials and all groundwork if required and installation costs.


They also wish to commission an artist(s) to develop a suitable public artwork that marks the life’s work of John Tyndall as we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of his birth.  Tyndall was the great 19th century climate scientist, educator and mountaineer, who was born on Main Street, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow.

Timescale – Deadline for Applications – 12noon 4th March 2021

Budget Available: €98,000 fully inclusive of VAT, all materials and all necessary installation costs.

Applications are sought from highly experienced artists with a proven track record of public art commissions.   We ask that artists respond to the agreed aims of the commission and read the Artist Brief carefully for each commission as all information is contained within this.  Artists may choose to respond to just one or both commissions.

Artist Brief can be downloaded from: under ‘Arts Documents & Forms’.

Please submit your application via email to

All supporting materials attached to your proposal must be clearly labelled and have the artists name at the top of each document. All links and supporting material provided must open and be accessible to the assessment panel – any material that is not will be deemed ineligible. Emails larger than 25mb will be rejected by our Firewall. If your email is going to be larger than 25mb please email us three days prior to closing. Electronic applications only.


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