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 email@example.com
Dublin Canvas runs throughout the Summer months and finishes by early Autumn. This years timeline is as follows:
Callout Commences - Monday 17th April 2023
Submission Deadline - Friday 19th May 2023
Selection process - Monday 22nd May - Friday 2nd June 2023
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
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:
Artwork: label all artwork correctly, send Jpegs or PDF’s
Copy/paste/fill out below content:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Canvas is asking for members of the public that are interested in the project to volunteer their time and talent to help brighten up the Dublin. In saying we believe it should not cost participants anything more than time. There are two options available to help cover costs. Option one is that Dublin Canvas will supply all materials (paints, brushes, PPE etc.) in a portable pack, plus payment of €250 to cover travel expenses/food/caffeine for the day. Or option two, a payment of €300 and participants supply their own materials. For the second option, the materials used would have to be pre-approved by Dublin Canvas. This will ensure all painted boxes will remain vibrant for the duration of the project. Please indicate on submission which option you would prefer.
Download - Summer 2023 Artist Briefs
This Years Callout will consist of:
(note: each artist brief is almost identical - only difference is council logo, template, plus photography)
Dublin City Council - 71 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.
Download: Dublin Canvas - Dublin City Council - Callout for Submissions -Summer 2023 PDF
Download: Dublin City Council - Traffic Signal Box Measurements Template - 2023 PDF
South Dublin County Council - 11 boxes spread out over South Dublin County Councils 6 main electoral areas. The callout is now live, full details are on how to submit are contained within the artist brief
Download: Dublin Canvas - South Dublin County Council - Callout for Submissions -Summer 2023 PDF
Download: South Dublin County Council - Traffic Signal Box Measurements Template - 2023 PDF
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council - 20 boxes spread out over Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 6 main electoral areas. The callout is now live, full details on how to submit are contained within the artist brief.
Download: Dublin Canvas - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council - Callout for Submissions - Summer PDF
Download: Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council - Traffic Signal Box Measurements Template - 2023 PDF
Fingal County Council - 13 boxes spread out over South Dublin County Councils 6 main electoral areas. The callout is now live, full details are on how to submit are contained within the artist brief
Download: Dublin Canvas - Fingal County Council- Callout for Submissions - Summer 2023 PDF