Public Art Framework

“In an increasingly diverse and multicultural society we need cultural underpinnings that celebrate not just our local or national distinctiveness but also our shared cultural values and our shared humanity. This requires imaginative consideration of how we can best deliver appropriate cultural and heritage infrastructure in the future, in all parts of the country.”

Project Ireland 2040, Building Ireland’s Future


In November 2017 GoKu were engaged by artist collective SUBSET to develop a proposal to address what, in their experience, was an ambiguous regulatory environment for the production of large scale public art works.

Having reviewed numerous international examples of positive engagement & simplified procedural arrangements between Local Authorities/ City Councils and street artists we have developed, with Subset, a draft Framework which is underpinned by the common goals of the Government Policy on Arts contained in the Creative Ireland Programme (CIP) 2017 – 2022 and the Dublin City Development Plan 2016- 2022. The CIP specifically identifies Local Authorities as the primary facilitators of community engagement who are best placed to deliver national arts policy at a local level. The proposed Framework demonstrates a workable process within the context of a Local Authority’s Development Plan which also fulfills the broader ambition of the Governments “Creative Ireland Programme” . The CIP has a stated policy goal to nurture “collaboration between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers – to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity.”

Our proposal was featured in an Irish Times article which can be read here

The full Framework Document can be downloaded here