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. Interested artists and community groups should carefully read below guidelines and criteria and submit their artwork on time and in the correct format to info@dublincanvas.com


Dublin Canvas runs throughout the Summer months and finishes by early Autumn. This years timeline is as follows:

Callout Commences – Wednesday 13th April 2022
Submission Deadline - Friday 13th May 2022 
Selection process - Monday 16th May - Friday 3rd June 2022  
Artwork Completed - Early June - Late August

Artists unavailable to paint at this time should not apply

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 area is 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 County 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. Majority of pieces last on average 4 - 5 years. Dublin Canvas reserves the right to remove any artwork at any time without prior notice. The judging panel will be made up of Council representatives. We will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications. Not suitable for artists based outside Dublin.

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, alcohol and are deemed 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    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
- please review extensive back catalogue at artist-profiles-main for inspiration and an indication of what the    council adjudication panel look for in submissions 

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 the Dublin Canvas website and all social media should your design be selected. All submitted artwork must be emailed in JPEG or PDF 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 Jpegs or PDF’s
Copy/paste/fill out below content:
Artwork Title:
Preferred Artwork Location/Area view locations: view map below
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 below for details)
Address: your general area or address

Artists may submit multiple entries

Email completed submissions with contact details to info@dublincanvas.com

Download - Summer 2022 Artist Briefs

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The aim of Dublin Canvas is to add colour to the city and surrounding areas helping to make County Dublin a more beautiful place to live, work and visit.  We are constantly developing and trying to figure out the best way to make this happen. Please send us your thoughts and ideas and help us to add more colour to the city!
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