60 Life-size Portraits Feature in New Mural Unveiled in Dublin Docklands

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr will unveil the 120 foot long ‘Draw Me Docklands’ mural by the award winning artist and illustrator Chris Judge on the side of Dublin City Council’s Docklands Office, Custom House Quay on Tuesday, 2nd May at 11.00 am. 

Chris Judge’s brilliant tribute to Dubliners in the Docklands comprises 60 unique life-size portraits of people who took part in the #DrawMeDocklands Social Media campaign which was run by Dublin City Council and Business to Arts in autumn 2016. During the campaign people were encouraged to submit selfies using the hashtag #DrawMeDocklands. These images of themselves and their friends have now evolved into artwork containing 60 characters, spanning 120 feet.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin said “I am delighted to be unveiling the beautiful piece of artwork by Chris Judge. This new art installation on the Dublin Docklands Office will enhance the Custom House Quay area of the Docklands and I would like to congratulate all involved including Dublin City Council and Business to Arts who collaborated on this exciting arts project.”

Chris Judge Said "I was delighted to be one of a number of artists asked to pitch on this unique project and was then thrilled to win it. It is such a wonderful opportunity to create something special for this part of the Docklands so it was a huge honour that the teams in Business to Arts and Dublin Docklands chose me as I was aware my idea was a little ambitious.

I wanted to make something that included the people who live and work in the area. It was fantastic using the hashtag #DrawMeDocklands across all social media channels to get people involved, sending photos of themselves or friends for me to use as reference. It was such a joy to illustrate such a diverse collection of people from around the globe who now inhabit our amazing city. Hooray for the Docklands Arts Fund, I look forward to seeing what future projects emerge from it around the area."

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said “Chris’s creativity has shone through and each individual portrayed celebrates the diversity of the community in Dublin’s Docklands. The Docklands Arts Fund aims to enhance and develop quality art experiences in the Docklands and we look forward to continuing to build our relationships with various stakeholders, businesses, local communities and organisations.”

Photos will be syndicated to picture desks by Conor McCabe Photography. 

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Notes to the Editor:

#DrawMeDocklands is a Dublin City Council funded project in collaboration with Business to Arts and the Docklands Arts Fund project.  The Docklands Arts Fund is a partnership between Business to Arts and the Arts and Dockland offices of Dublin City Council who assist business and individuals to promote art and culture in the Docklands area. 

Chris Judge Biography:

Chris Judge is an illustrator, artist and children's picture book author based in Dublin, Ireland. His work is a mixture of illustration, painting and design, and has appeared in books, advertising, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions and interiors.

In 2011 Chris’s first picture book, The Lonely Beast (Andersen Press), was published in Ireland, the UK, the US and across Europe and went on to win the Supersavers Irish Children's Book of the Year 2011 in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and has been followed by two Beast sequels as well as other picture book projects including his TiN and wrote Brian Boru series which is illustrated by Mark Wickham.

In 2014, Chris illustrated Roddy Doyle's new children's book Brilliant and collaborated on a book for older children with comedian David O'Doherty called ‘Danger is Everywhere’.

His second book with David O'Doherty was published in August 2015 as well as third Beast book in September 2015. He is currently working on a third Danger book and a new series with his brother Andrew. Chris also creates large-scale artworks most notably the recent completion of two large mosaics in collaboration with Triskill Design for Stanhope Street School in Dublin and Scoil Bhride in Kildare.

Docklands Arts Fund:

The Docklands Arts Fund is a partnership between Dublin City Council & Business to Arts. The aim of the fund is to enhance, develop and grow the practice, appreciation and development of quality arts experiences in the Docklands Area. Fostering a partnership with artists, businesses, residents, educators and appropriate agencies, we support the ongoing investment in this unique area by securing new financial and other resources. See http://www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/ for further details.  

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