An exhibition of artist Corban Walker’s new art work
Published on 9th June 2021
‘What do you need?’
exploring the impact of minimal home sizes and housing policies on the lives of communities and artists
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 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 Zoom panel discussion on Thursday 24th June at 6.30pm with the following panellists:
- Hazel Chu – Lord Mayor of Dublin
- Orla Hegarty – Assistant Professor at School of Architecture, UCD
- John O’Connor – Chief Executive Housing Agency
- Ruairí Ó Cuív – Dublin City Public Art Officer
- Corban Walker – Artist
- Chair: Ali Grehan – Dublin City Architect
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Notes to the Editor:
The exhibition will be located on the street side of the railings of Diamond Square, 7 Gardiner Street Lower, for 3 weeks from Thursday 24th June to 15th July 2021.
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.
Hazel Chu – Lord Mayor of Dublin - Councillor Hazel Chu was elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council held on 29th June 2020 in the Round Room at the Mansion House. Hazel Chu was born and raised in Dublin. She grew up in the suburb of Firhouse, before moving to Celbridge, and now lives in Ranelagh with her partner Patrick and their 2 year old daughter Alex. She first became involved in politics in 2014, when she ran her partner’s local election campaign. In 2019, she became the first Green Party councillor to be elected in the local elections for the ward of Pembroke and topped the poll with over 4,000 first preference votes. In the same year she was elected Chair of the Party. She studied politics and history in UCD and trained to be a barrister at Kings Inns. While studying she worked as a fundraising consultant for non-profits and as a production manager for music festivals. After being called to the Bar in 2007 she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Guilin. Upon returning home she was offered a Fellowship by UCD Smurfit and worked in New York for Bord Bia. She has worked in various management roles and in 2013 became Diageo’s Head of Brand, Corporate and Trade Communications.
Councillor Chu was the first person in her family to finish school and go to college. Her parents are from Hong Kong. They met in Ireland in the 1970s. In her spare time she lends her voice to promoting diversity and equality, and is a regular media contributor. Her first loves are her daughter, running election campaigns, surfing, and cooking. Since she was a teenager she has worked in her mother’s restaurant in every position from dishwasher to waitress, to sous chef. Hazel Chu is the 9th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of 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 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.
Ruairí Ó Cuív – Public Art Officer, Dublin City Council - Ruairí's 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).
Corban Walker – Artist (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.
Chair: Ali Grehan – City Architect, Dublin City Council - 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 an MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society at Dublin City University.