Paint a Box

Dublin Canvas is an inclusive public art project. The project is open to anyone over the age of 18. If you can pick up a brush and paint, we want you to submit an entry. All you need to do is submit an idea and if selected be willing to give up the amount of time it will take you to paint the box.

Interestested artists and community groups should carefully read guidelines and criteria below and submit their artwork on time and in the correct format to




Callout Commences – Monday 8th April 2019


Submission Deadline - Monday, 13th May 2019


Selection process - Tuesday 14th - 27th May


Artwork Completed - Tuesday 28th May-mid September




This Years Callout will consist of:


Dublin City Council -111 boxes spread out over Dublin City Council's five main areas. The callout is now live, full details are on how to submit are contained within the artist brief.


DownloadDublin Canvas - Dublin City Council - Callout for Submissions -Summer 19 PDF


Download: Dublin City Council - Traffic Signal Box Measurements Template - 2019 PDF


South Dublin County Council - 58 boxes spread out over South Dublin County Councils 8 main electoral areas. The callout is now live, full details are on how to submit are contained within the artist brief


DownloadDublin Canvas - South Dublin County Council - Callout for Submissions -Summer 19 PDF


Download: South Dublin County Council - Traffic Signal Box Measurements Template - 2019 PDF


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown - to be confirmed on a later date - sign up to the mailing list to keep updated. 


Fingal County Council - to be confirmed on a later date - sign up to the mailing list to keep updated. 



Selection Criteria and Guidelines


Participants should draw upon their own creativity but should also pay attention to the different characteristics of each area for inspiration, paying attention to the surroundings of each box when designing their artwork. As each of the areas are quite distinct it is suggested that you visit each location to draw inspiration from the immediate environment. 

Selected artwork imagery will still be owned by the participants. However, you must agree to let Dublin Canvas use the artwork image in any way to promote the project and Dublin which will include use on websites, social media and all related publications. It is intended that the artwork will stay for a minimum of 1 year. However, Dublin Canvas reserves the right to remove any artwork at any time without prior notice.


Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:


  • creativity and innovation of design

  • the relevance of the image to the chosen area

  • ability to work within the guidelines of the project


Dublin Canvas actively encourage entrants to be as creative as possible, but designs would be ineligible if they contain the following.


  • breach of intellectual property rights (stealing someone else's idea)

  • trademarks, advertisements, brand or business names, logos or copyrighted images

  • images relating to drugs or alcohol

  • offensive or contentious images

  • artwork dominated by text, unless relevant to the design


Entrants should bear in mind the following points when conceptualizing designs.

  • maximize the use of the 3-dimensional aspects of the boxes

  • a small logo, entrant’s details and box reference number will appear on the bottom of each left and right-hand side panel. This will be added on after the box is completed.

  • The finished artwork will be in the public domain, there is a chance that it will be vandalized. Consequently, large areas of the design should not be left open to attack. For example, large areas of blue skies on an image would give vandals the opportunity to deface the artwork.

  • photographs of the chosen traffic signal boxes are displayed on the map. It would be recommended that participants visit each site for inspiration and to ensure that their designs integrate with the surrounding area.

  • only prior agreed artwork can be used on boxes

  • prior to painting each of the allocated units will be painted white by Dublin Canvas


Submission Specifications


Participants should meet the following specifications to ensure their artwork is considered for the project

  • All submitted artwork should be clearly labelled.

  • All submissions should contain contact details, a short biography (40 words or less) along with a name for your artwork and a brief description (40 words or less) of the inspiration behind your chosen design. This information will appear on Dublin Canvas website and all social media should your design be selected.

  • All submitted artwork must be emailed in JPEG format.

  • You may also be called upon to repair or touch up any damaged pieces.

  • Keep in mind that some of the available boxes are against a wall or railings. This will only allow for 3 sides to be painted


Be sure to include the following in your submission:

  • Contact Details

  • Artwork: label all artwork correctly, send Jpeg’s or PDF’s

  • Copy/paste/fill out below content:

  • Artist: 

  • Artwork Title: 

  • Preferred Artwork Location/Area view locations

  • Artwork Description: (40 words or less, if possible, not essential)

  • Biography: (40 words or less, if possible, not essential)

  • Contact Artist: Website – Instagram -Twitter - Facebook (if available, not essential)

  • Supply Materials: Dublin Canvas or own (see budget paragraph above for details)

  • Artists may submit multiple entries

  • Email completed submissions with contact details to:


"Molly Malone" by Hugh Madden. Dublin 1 

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