Art and culture

The historic home to some of Ireland's greatest literary figures and writers, we want Wilton Park to be the cultural hub for this part of the city.

Wilton Park is a place to commemorate the area's unique literary legacy and celebrate that heritage by embedding art and culture into its present and future.

Living Canvas

Quickly becoming a key part of Dublin’s arts infrastructure – a public and democratic arts space for art lovers, residents, and visitors – Living Canvas was the largest digital screen in Europe to be solely dedicated to the arts, and only the second of its kind in the world.

Wilton Park is currently closed for essential maintenance. During this time, we are reviewing the programme, and developing future plans. Subject to license, we look forward to announcing the next chapter of Living Canvas soon.

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Mary Lavin Place

The first public place in Dublin to be named after an Irish female writer. It will form the core of a new cultural hub at Wilton Park. Through events, exhibitions and other community projects, we want to bring the neighbourhood together to celebrate our city’s heritage and to continue to enrich people’s experiences through arts and culture.

Mary Lavin

Mary Lavin was one of the most influential Irish female writers of her generation. Born in the US in 1912, she moved to Ireland when she was 10. Her first volume of short stories, Tales from Bective Bridge, was published in 1942 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She was a master of the form and won the Katherine Mansfield Prize in 1961 and Guggenheim Fellowships in 1959 and 1961.

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Wilton Park Studios

We have partnered with the RHA Gallery since 2019 to offer an Artists in Residence programme at Wilton Park Studios, based in the mews in Lad Lane. To date, the programme has worked with twelve local artists, providing them with support and crucial studio space.

Public art

We are commissioning leading Irish artists to create two new sculptures for the neighbourhood. These include a commemorative sculpture to honour Mary Lavin in the public square, as well as a second that will sit in front of One Wilton Park.

Pictured opposite. Unfurl by Eilis O’Connell, commissioned by IPUT for 10 Molesworth Street.