Dublin Canvas and the social need for urban art

Add colours to the city and transform objects into open-air galleries. Replace the grey giving space to ideas. This is the goal of the project that emerged in Dublin a few years ago (2013) and continues to adorn the city and delight everyone.


In 2006 David Murtagh had the idea to paint the electricity boxes. He was in Australia and saw a similar project in the Brisbane region. He submitted the project to the Dublin City Council, but it was initially rejected.


At the request of the agency, David proceeded to develop a pilot project in the Temple Bar area. The project worked and today there are about 500 energy boxes painted by artists of different ages and of different nationalities: Brazilians, Mexicans, Canadians. More than half are not Irish. The Dublin Canvas slogan is “Less gray, more play”.

And among the authors there are many amateurs, such as doctors, accountants and others.

Photo: neworld.com


Each artist has his work fixed for one year. To participate in the selection – which usually starts in April / May and continues until the end of September, there are requirements. Among them, being over 18 years old and enjoying painting.


An important fact: financial aid for the purchase of the material is provided.
Detailed information is available at http://www.dublincanvas.com


The project has an email if you have any further questions: info@dublincanvas.com

Carla Monte Rey

Brazilian / Italian journalist based in Dublin

Published by artmultibrazil

We are a group of Brazilian professionals of art and culture based in Dublin. Our goal is to make stronger the work connections between Brazilian and European professions of these areas and to amplify the artistic, cultural and Brazilian identity abroad. Follow our contact for information, partnerships and projects.

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