105% Funded


Target: €4000


€4,200 Raised


21 Funders

Docklands Print Commission: Kelvin Mann

By Docklands Arts Fund


All proceeds of Kelvin Mann's unique etching 'Semi Detached High Rise' go towards the Docklands Arts Fund Open Call Small Grants Scheme 2018.

What is the Docklands Arts Fund?
The pilot Docklands Arts Fund was launched in September 2015 on behalf of Business to Arts and Dublin City Council's Art & Docklands (formerly the DDDA) Divisions.  From the outset we have aimed to engage the following:

  1. Large scale Business to Arts Partnerships to invest in a range of projects in the Docklands area

  2. Small to Medium sized firms and individuals to purchase prints from the annual Docklands Print Commission. Each year one company underwrites the cost of a fine art print, and the sales of the print then fund the Small Grants Scheme

  3. Funders for artist-in-residency programmes in the Docklands area

We’re on the right track!
Last year Colin Martin made an etching ‘Vinyl Factory’ with Graphic Studio Dublin. A combination of 29 Fund it pledgers and other supporters raised funds which supported the Small Grants Scheme for three exciting art projects which worked with communities across Dublin Docklands in 2017. (Read more about the Scheme here)

We want to continue to support great art – and this is where you come in!
We are excited to be launching our third Docklands Print Commission to raise funds to commission more exciting art and nurture the evolving links art is creating in Dublin Docklands through the Small Grants Scheme.

This year we are delighted to have Kelvin Mann as the commissioned artist. Kelvin works as a professional artist and master printmaker at Stoney Road Press. His work demonstrates a high level of technical skill and often a quirky and individual sense of humour. He has used an old Japanese technique called Chine-collé to create this stunning etching called ‘Semi Detached High Rise’. 

You can check out Kelvin’s work here.

This Fund it Campaign aims to raise 40% of a larger target of €10,000 which will be matched and go towards funding artists next year.

Who we are and who is supporting this commission?
We are a small team who are driving the message about art experiences in the Docklands Area to ensure that art & culture are part of everyone's planning for the area.  

TIO and the South Docks Fund has underwritten the commissioning artist and studio costs, so that ALL of the proceeds from the print go into the Small Grants Scheme. 

The Docklands encompasses five villages: 
Ringsend/Irishtown, Pearse Street, Grand Canal Dock, North Wall/Sheriff Street & East Wall... These places have a rich heritage and their distinctive character is constantly evolving. This etching represents a few little strands of those histories coming together as well as their futures.  

Be part of this exciting initiative for artists – as a funder you can own or gift this exclusive Kelvin Mann etching as your reward!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to read this and support us. Through art, heritage and culture in the Docklands area, we want to keep a focus on the importance of those in all our living and working lives, and in the spaces we occupy. We hope you will join us as we continue on this journey… 



Docklands Print Commission at Christmas Art Exhibition

Dear Docklands Print Commission funders and supporters, 

After reaching our target on Fund it, we've been busy forging ahead to meet our ultimate goal of €10,000 by the end of the year! As we approach the festive season, we're delighted to confirm the print commissions by both Kelvin Mann and Colin Martin RHA will be featured at the annual Christmas Art Exhibition of our friends Mason Hayes & Curran. The exhibition takes place on 6th December from 6pm - 8pm at their Barrow Street offices. 

The exhibition showcases a range of contemporary art and is open to guests who register via the Mason Hayes & Curran here: https://www.mhc.ie/latest/events/christmas-art-exhibition. It's always a lovely evening and it's a great opportunity to find some stunning art in the run up to Christmas.

We'll be there so we hope to see you then! 


A big THANK YOU! We've reached our target... What next?


Dear Docklands Arts Fund Supporters and Funders,

Thank you for all the support and enthusiasm during this campaign. We have not only reached our target... we have surpassed it!! This is down to you, the Docklands Print Commission funders, as well as the wider Docklands Arts Fund supporters. So, we are sending out a big heartfelt thank you to you all! Reaching this target means the Fund it campaign has achieved its goal of raising 40% of a larger target of €10,000. This larger goal will be matched and go towards funding artists next year through the 2018 Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants Scheme. 

Now that pre-sales have finished, the rewards of the stunning Kelvin Mann etchings will make their way to their new homes… (and perhaps a few will find space on the walls of some Semi-D’s and High Rises near and far). We will be in touch with all our generous funders in a week’s time with more information on rewards. 

In the meantime, thank you once again for supporting our journey to commission more exciting art and nurture the evolving links with audiences in Dublin's Docklands. 


Fresh off the (etching) press

Dear Docklands Arts Fund Supporters and Funders, 

Firstly, a big thank you to all of this year's funders so far. We are closing in on our target and this is down to your support and enthusiasm. We are also thrilled to confirm the 'Semi Detached High Rise' etchings have been signed, sealed and delivered to our HQ. Below is a glance into the production of these stunning etchings as well as artist, Kelvin Mann, signing them before the journey to their new homes. With 3 days left of our pre-sales campaign, be sure to share with your network who love art and the Docklands. 

Thanks once again for supporting the Docklands Arts Fund.


funders (21)

There are 14 public funders of this project

There are 7 anonymous funders of this project