Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Art Tunnel is an outdoor exhibition space for contemporary installation and community art

The Art Tunnel is 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, the organizers 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 the 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. The organizers 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.