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Ideal Homes by Michael McLoughlin

Visual Arts
Kimmage Mano
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South Dublin County Council SDCC
Dept. of Environment Heritage and Local Government
In Context 2

Context Background:

The second phase of In Context, 1999-2003, continued the accomplishments of the In Context 1 Public Art Programme. It was the largest local authority art commissioning programme of its time, and subsequently was held as a model of good practice in Public Art programming. Through In Context 2, South Dublin County Council, advised by consultants Artworking, delivered a diverse series of projects under the auspices of the In Context Per Cent for Art Scheme and funded through the Department of the Environment. This provided both emerging and established artists with an opportunity to engage with the community and to incorporate art into the public domain in new and interesting ways.


From 2001 South Dublin County Council through the South County Dublin Traveller Accommodation Programme provided 310 traveller families with accommodation. 166 families expressed a preference for Group Housing as opposed to halting sites.

It is the dynamic of this choice that interested McLoughlin, and in particular the consultation process between families being accommodated and the local authority design team. The Ideal Homes project explored the notion of home and centred on housing for Traveller families within the local authority of South County Dublin. It involved the artist meeting weekly with five residents of Kimmage Manor Way, all adults, all on a one to one basis, over a year or so. The process involved meeting up in each person's home and talking together about the idea of home.  The meetings informed how the commission progressed and the evolving ideas were documented through series of drawings, collage and audio tape recordings. The works that emerged were interpretations and expressions by the participants and the artist of the notion of the ideal home.

An exhibition of work that came out of this process was held in the Parish Hall at Kimmage Manor during the month of August 2001. This exhibition comprised of an installation involving soundwork, drawing and collage. The audiowork involved the five residents giving tours through the dream homes and discussed what home means to people. Five lightweight sculptural drawings representing perspective views of the dream homes. A limited addition audio CD was produced in Febuary 2002. It featured narratives and recorded drawing. The narratives were tours of the dream homes and were developed from exhibition the previous August. The recorded drawings were made by revisiting some of the conversations recorded during process and were made by amplifying the drawing surface.

Artist Biography:

Michael McLoughlin is a practicing artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Working in a wide variety of media including drawing, photography, sculpture and sound, he has consistently been developing and presenting new ways of working in a social context for over 10 years. McLoughlin is particularly interested in the relationships that exist between contemporary practice, traditional visual art spaces and the broader community for whom the art spaces exist.

He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, with exhibitions in France, Finland, Norway, Great Britain and America. Some recent exhibitions include: It’s nice to see our friends once in a while The LAB, Dublin (2010); Experience, Strength, Hope with residents of Ashleigh House and Brian Maguire (2009); I only come here cos it’s free, Limerick City Gallery of Art (2008); 2MOVE: Ireland curated by Mieke Bal and Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro, Belfast Exposed (2008); Looking out on sunny days axis Arts Centre (2004); Audience (1) Waltzers with Mary Nunan, The LAB (2007); and Bypass/Shared Designs Limerick City Gallery of Art (2003).

He has been commissioned to develop work in a social context by Breaking Ground, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and in partnership with many community based organisation around Ireland.


Article by Sharon Geoghehan and photographs in  The ECHO, August, 2001

Limited edition CD – Ideal Homes, 2002

Public Art critique, by Con Power, Irish Arts Review, Summer 2002 vol 19

Essay by Pol O Congaille, In Context 2 publication, 2002

Arts Council, Public Art Publication, 2004

Commissioner Type:

Local Authority


South Dublin County Council SDCC


In Context 2

PerCent for Art:


Commissioning Process:

Open competition: two stage selection process. Part of a programmatic approach for In Context 2.


Dept. of Environment Heritage and Local Government

Budget Range:

10,000 - 30,000

Project Start Date:


Project End Date:



Kimmage Manor (01/08/2001 - 31/08/2001)

Exhibition Details:

Kimmage Manor: An exhibition of work that came out of the Ideal Homes project was held in the Parish Hall at Kimmage Manor during the month of August 2001.

Associated Professionals:

Project Manager: Artworking - Jenny Haughton & Aisling Prior