Clare County Council is the lead commissioning agent for Public Art in Clare. We operate under the National Per Cent for Art Commissioning Guidelines 2004 which outline

how public art creates a dialogue with a people, a time and a place.

The Per Cent for Art Scheme gives the Irish public the opportunity to experience a vast range of contemporary art, borne out of capital constructions projects, in their everyday life. In turn it provides a challenge and an opportunity to a wide range of artists to create work for public engagement and response.

Public art can be of any form and can work within or across many art forms, such as visual art, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre and architecture; including all aspects of contemporary arts practice such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art, etc. Works under the scheme can be of any duration, temporary or permanent, and can be centred in an urban or rural context.

National Per Cent for Art Commissioning Guidelines 2004

Clare Arts Office commissions a number of  permanent public artworks on a regular basis.

Our most recent commissioning programme Gaining Ground was completed in 2020 and comprised of 4 commissions throughout the county, and a symposium exploring public art in rural areas.

  • Some Destroyed Sites by Katherine O’Malley first screened in Shannon on Culture Night 2019
  • Clout 9 by Godknows first performed in Shannon on Culture Night 2019
  • XPO Folk Radio broadcast from February 3rd – 16th, 2020 and was selected by the Arts Council to feature in a series of films about contemporary public art practices
  • Adaptation by Ian Wilson premiered on February 27th & 28th, 2020
  • Men who Eat Ringforts edited by Seán Lynch and published in March 2020
  • Reflections A symposium on the Gaining Ground programme September 4th, 2020