An exhibition of artist Corban Walker’s new art work
Published on 17th June 2021
Exploring the impact of minimal home sizes and housing policies on the lives of communities and artists
About this event
Dublin City Council’s City Architect is pleased to announce the launch of an exhibition of artist Corban Walker’s artwork ‘What do you need?’ in Diamond Square, 7 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1, from 24th June to 15th July 2021.
The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a panel discussion on Thursday 24th June from 6.30pm to 7:30pm.
The renowned Dublin artist Corban Walker has been commissioned by Dublin City Council’s City Architect to undertake an artwork exploring minimal home sizes.
The project is funded under the Creative Ireland programme, coordinated by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office with support from Dublin City Council’s Parks Department.
The piece will be located on the street side of the railings of Diamond Square, 7 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1 for 3 weeks from Thursday 24th June to 15th July 2021.
Theme of artwork
The theme of the piece is ‘What do you need?’ What do you need in a home to sustain you through the many stages of your life? What do you need in a neighbourhood? Are we designing and building homes in Dublin that meet your needs? Dublin artist, Walker explores minimal home size standards over the last 100 years and the consequences of policy direction minimising sizes for affordability, density or other reasons - as exemplified by the recent policy around co-living shared accommodation.
The artwork and the topic of minimal home size impact on city liveability will be discussed at an online panel discussion on Thursday 24th June at 6.30pm with the following panellists:
PANEL UPDATE: We are pleased to welcome new panellists who will bring important perspectives. Unfortunately the Lord Mayor is no longer able to participate due to commitments in relation to the new Development Plan.
- Orla Hegarty – Assistant Professor at School of Architecture, UCD
- John O’Connor – Chief Executive Housing Agency
- Sinead O’Carroll – Editor The Journal
- Ruairí Ó Cuív – Dublin City Public Art Officer
- Amy Donohoe – Journalist Dublin Live
- Corban Walker – Artist
- Chair: Ali Grehan – Dublin City Architect
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Corban Walker – Artist
Corban Walker (b. 1967, Dublin, Ireland) gained recognition for his installations, sculptures, and drawings that relate to perceptions of scale and architectural constructs. His local, cultural, and specific philosophies of scale are fundamental to how he defines and develops his work, creating new means for viewers to interact and navigate their surroundings. Walker graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1992. Since then, he has mounted several solo exhibitions internationally and has realized important public art commissions worldwide. Walker’s work is part of numerous public and private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Irish Museum of Art, Dublin. Walker represented Ireland at the 54th Venice International Art Biennale in 2011. He received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2015. The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork will present an exhibition of his work, in 2022.
Orla Hegarty – Assistant Professor at School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
Orla Hegarty is an architect and assistant professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy in University College Dublin. Her area of research is the built environment, housing and construction, with particular interests in building safety, sustainability and quality. More recently she has also been collaborating on Covid-19 research to understand how the environmental science of pandemic is key to suppression, resilience and how we live in cities.
John O’Connor – Chief Executive, Housing Agency Ireland
John O’Connor is the Chief Executive of the Housing Agency; a government agency that supports and provides services to local authorities, housing bodies and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Recently, John was appointed by the Minister as chair designate a new Commission on Housing that is being established. John was previously CEO of the Affordable Homes Partnership and Executive Manager in the Housing and Communities Department of Dublin City Council. John is a structural engineer with a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in the development, provision and direct delivery of housing, particularly in the areas of social housing, affordable housing and regeneration projects.
Sinéad O’Carroll – Editor The Journal
Sinéad O'Carroll is the Editor of The Journal, where she has worked for the past 10 years. She is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented a number of national radio and television shows. She is also a regular contributor to current affairs, politics and sports programmes.
Amy Donohoe – Journalist Dublin Live
Amy is a community reporter for Dublin Live and has focused recently on housing challenges facing young people in Dublin. She has a degree in Journalism and a Masters in Climate Action: Policy Media and Society from Dublin City University. Originally from Cootehill in County Cavan, her interests include health, welfare, the environment and pop culture.
Ruairí Ó Cuív – Public Art Officer, Dublin City Council
Ruairí Ó Cuív is Public Art Officer with Dublin City Council. His principal role is the development of the Dublin City Public Art Programme and management of public art commissions under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. He has a central role in the implementation of Dublin City Council Public Art Policy and the Decommissioning Policy for Public Art. Previously he was an independent curator and arts consultant specialising in public art, exhibition curation, evaluation and research. He co-curated the GPO Witness History Public Art Commissions (2016) and Dublin Airport Terminal 2 (2009) as well as curating public art commissions for Kerry County Council (2003-2006), HSE, Department of Education, and other educational institutions. He was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (1991-96), curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1989-91) and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1987-89).
Chair: Ali Grehan – City Architect, Dublin City Council
Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan leads a multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing a broad urban design agenda for Dublin City including the delivery of diverse projects in relation to housing, public realm, community and cultural infrastructure. Her career has spanned private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, and in the Public Sector, where her particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration. Prior to becoming City Architect in 2008, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, then the largest public regeneration project underway in Europe. She also worked with the RPA (now TII) delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system. She recently completed a MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society at Dublin City University.