122% Funded


Target: €4000


€4,894 Raised


98 Funders

Art Tunnel Smithfield

By Art Tunnel Smithfield/ F&S


Fieldwork&Strategies; Art and Landscape Architecture have obtained a 2 year lease on a strip of wasteland along the Luas corridor in Smithfield. The Art Tunnel is currently under construction in this space.

The Art Tunnel will be an outdoor exhibition space for contemporary installation and community art viewed from the Luas and a community garden for the Smithfield area, it will also provide a 100 sq m wildlife area. This artist-led, non-profit project is a new concept in Dublin, we want to access the untapped potential of disused sites; the Art Tunnel will be a pilot scheme, an example of how communities can take action and use vacant spaces to improve the quality of life in our city center.

There will be 2 exhibition areas, to be viewed from the Luas:

The Art Tunnel:
The 30 meter strip between the Entrance and the Art Platform will be used to exhibit contemporary, site-specific art work by artists and (landscape) architects.

The Art Platform:
Provides space for community groups to exhibit. We offer to run workshops aimed at encouraging the community’s awareness of their own neighbourhood. The resulting works will be exhibited in The Platform area of the Art Tunnel. It is a space open to all suggestions from the community for their own projects.

The Art Tunnel is accessible as a community garden to locals who apply as key holders and help maintaining the space.

The site is provided for free by Bargaintown, The Dice Bar sponsored the insurance and substantial repairs to the fence, the Complex painted the fence, the Dublin City Parks Department provided machinery and man hours, they will also donate some plants. Bulmers/ Forbidden Fruits Festival is donating € 5000, they have commissioned street artists to fruiten up the space while the Art Tunnel is being built.

We need another € 4000 to finance the building of the pergola and the setting up of the first 4 exhibitions. Please become a sponsor of the Art Tunnel and join us at our opening party.

Many thanks for your support.



Party next Tuesday

Thank you everyone for funding! We received over 90 donations!!!!! Party invite to ALL who funded will go out tomorrow and we are looking forward to seeing you in Smithfield on Tuesday the 24 th form 18.00- 21.00 The Art Tunnel Team Please also look at photos of the first art installation up on http://www.facebook.com/arttunnelsmithfield

Famous Artists donating work- You will be chosing one!

Sean Hillen, Mick O' Dea and Philip Napier are all submitting a postcard sized original artwork. At the opening you 'll get to choose one of them. Am very grateful for their and your support. opening will be sooooo much fun!


Please log onto http://www.facebook.com/arttunnelsmithfield. This week we finished the path- made from paletts and brought in topsoil, load of it- with the help of many friendly volunteers. Thanks to: Michael, Cameron, Tom, Peter and Andreas and to Clare and Roisin- who are working on the Art Tunnel realisation almost every day. We also got confirmation for the opening party venue: The awardwinning Lighthouse cinema on Smithfield Square----- We're delighted-------

buying trees

We water all the trees and they will be fine, apart from the 3 Alnus that were only recently repotted by the nursery and should not really have been for sale... It just shows that it is well worth taking a plant out of it's pot before you buy it, if it is small enough to do so. If it is a big heavy rootball- tree, enquire with the nursery when they last repotted it ... We will not be doing the mistake again and take greater care when we chose the next batch of trees, but I am sure we will nurse the 3 Alnus back to health


Please log onto http://www.facebook.com/arttunnelsmithfield for almost daily updates on the project. We have 36 funders now and are delighted with the progress we make on site. Thank you to Roisin, Clare and Sarah for -so enthusiastically- helping with the build and to Cecily for being such a patient building site baby. I guess I am a great breastfeeding advert to the Luas passengers... Weather has been great for building- but not so for the trees we planted.

Working away

We planted 9 trees this week, a few more small trees, shrubs and a hedge along the fence will go in in autumn- when it's proper planting season and we can plant bare- rooted. F&S are delighted that the first 4 supporters on fundit, are not our friends or relations but citizens who are excited about a city regeneration project. We are looking forward to meeting them at our opening party!

funders (98)

There are 92 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project