We are a collective and we have engaged in projects, initiatives, trials and tribulations through public art and placemaking. Public art specifically has implications in the social sphere by enhancing individual empowerment, skills development, social integration & inclusion. We aim to be a catalyst for artistic, social and cultural activities throughout Ireland.
In his 1938 book, “Art As Experience”, John Dewey argued that art, exiled to museums, had become disconnected from the daily experience of life. He believed that aesthetic experience was the basis of art and that it is present in every part of human life. Public art is unique in the sense that if you attend a gallery you are prepared to see art. When you stumble across public art it can act as an intervention to the monotony of daily life. It encourages people to think about how their cities should look and feel. It promotes citizenship, civic engagement and community participation. Public art is a reflection and expression of the city’s life and culture.
Three of our public artworks are currently before the District Court of Ireland. This will be the first time a matter of this nature is before the courts and therefore the ruling will set legal precedent. The prosecution have made an application to vacate these proceedings. These matters may now be escalated to civil proceedings before the Circuit Court. Should that be the case, as of the time of writing, we will no longer be in a position to continue this pursuit.
If the cases are ruled in our favour this will pave the way for the presentation of a public art Bill to the Dáil, with the intended result being amendment of our legislation. This would enable a simplified process for the creation of public artwork, which we believe will lead to a significant improvement in our cities visual environments, and their engagement with a wider range of cultural endeavours.
"We need to think about who has had the power to define what art is and who an artist is, and to really think about that from a bottom-up grassroots perspective rather than from a top-down, market-driven one." - further reading.
This has and will always be the very essence of SUBSET.
Our story as it has been presented and communicated by the press & media. Don't believe everything you read in the papers:
06/2022: https://www.buzz.ie/culture/subset-dublin-city-council-case-27244145 06/2022: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/community/subset-art-group-court-irelands-mural-laws 06/2022: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/council-drops-legal-case-against-art-group-over-street-murals-41753607.html 06/2022: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/street-artists-defiant-before-court-showdown-with-council-gbtvbqgtf 05/2022: https://thecurrency.news/articles/84920/from-a-blacked-out-former-car-showroom-in-dublin-6-an-anonymous-collective-is-taking-a-stand-for-artists/ 04/2022: https://www.rte.ie/news/regional/2022/0412/1291947-dublin-murals/ 03/2022: https://www.thejournal.ie/art-murals-court-subset-dublin-city-council-5776340-May2022/ 03/2022: https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/lifestyle/q-and-a-what-will-court-battle-mean-for-the-future-of-dublins-street-murals-41486368.html 02/2022: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/18/dublin-city-council-takes-street-artists-to-court-over-murals-sir-david-attenborough 03/2020: https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0327/1126783-street-art-coronavirus/ 12/2019: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2019/1206/1097422-wonder-walls-irish-street-art-shines-in-new-rte-documentary/ 09/2019: https://irishtechnews.ie/inspiring-climate-change-action-subset/ 09/2018: https://www.irishmirror.ie/whats-on/arts-culture-news/subset-homeless-charity-fundraiser-exhibition-13326088 05/2018: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/on-to-the-next-one-how-nothing-is-stopping-these-street-artists-hitting-dublin-with-the-grey-area-project-36940341.html 05/2018: https://lovindublin.com/news/subsets-pro-choice-mural-has-been-defaced-but-its-not-what-it-seems 04/2018: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/04/dublin-grey-area-project/ 01/2018: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2018/0119/934515-subset-a-tempestuous-creative-force-putting-art-on-dublin-walls/ 12/2017: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/why-are-stunning-dublin-murals-being-painted-over-1.3309756 11/2017: https://www.thejournal.ie/stormzy-mural-smithfield-removal-3713419-Nov2017/