Redrawing Project

Cities; Urbanism; Architecture; Art

Beyond Pebbledash Manifesto for a Better City

15th December 2014

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

What: Launch of City Makers exhibition

Who: Emily Logan Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission

When: Tuesday, 16th Dec.

Time: 1.15 p.m.

Where: The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History.

City Makers is an exhibition of work created as part of the Beyond Pebbledash Engagement with Architecture Programme. The Engagement with Architecture Programme funded by The Arts Council involved workshops for families, transition year students and youth groups working with architects and artists on the theme of ‘Living in the City’.

The series of workshops commenced with young people talking about ideas for living in the city leading to an exhibit titled ‘With Voice’. Work created includes, matchbox city, manifestos for a better city, ‘city makers’ models, future city drawings, models for ‘living in a shell’ (in the Anglo Irish Bank unfinished building) and living on water’ which are all about ideas for Living in the City and creating high density living with amenities.

The 1+ family workshops held as part of Open House Dublin were informed by the National Museum of Ireland collections and in particular the Eileen Gray exhibition. The exhibition coincides in a timely way with the recent launch of the biography of Eileen Gray by Jennifer Goff and the RTÉ television documentary about the designer Gray Matters.

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will launch the exhibition on Tuesday 16th of December at 1.15 in the presence of students from CBS North Brunswick Street Secondary School and Boys and Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount Girls Secondary School.

About Beyond Pebbledash

Beyond Pebbledash is both a celebration of an overlooked icon of Irish domestic architecture and a design-driven discussion on the future of Dublin urbanism. The Beyond Pebbledash project includes the ‘construction’ of a house in the central square of one of Dublin’s National Museums, the publication of a book (also titled Beyond Pebbledash) and an Arts Council funded engagement programme, targeting young people and Transition Year students.

The Beyond Pebbledash House involves the installation of a ‘typical’ Dublin pebble-dash house, life-size, scale 1:1, to include a pebble-dash façade, and steel skeletal frame to replicate its walls, stairs, internal doors, rear fenestration, chimney and roof. The house will be on ‘display’ here at the Museum in Clarke Square, Collins Barracks from August to December 2014.

The Beyond Pebbledash house is intended to provoke questions in the mind of the viewer. ‘What have we built?’ And, critically, ‘Why have we built it here?’ This is an introduction to a bigger conversation on city living and the very nature of ‘house’ and ‘home’. ‘Where do we live and why?’, ‘What type of homes do we desire?’, ‘When is a home not a house?’ and ‘What makes a great liveable city?’ Beyond Pebbledash was initiated by Paul Kearns and Motti Ruimy (authors of REDRAWING DUBLIN).

The engagement programme draws on expertise in Dublin City Council (Public Arts Office and Heritage Office, Dublin City Council). The exhibition and educational programme will be run in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland from August to December 2014.

Participants in Workshops


Mercy College Inchicore, 3 visits, 19 students

Mercy College Coolcok, 3 visits, 25 students

St. John of God Special School, Islandbridge, 3 visits, 15 students

Presentation College Warrenmount, 3 visits, 16 students

Moyle Park College, 1 visit, 24 students

St. Joseph’s CBS Fairview, 1 visit, 28 students

Newpark Comprehensive, 1 visit, 20 students

Loreto Secondary School, St. Stephen’s Green, 3 visits, 24 students

St. Paul’s CBS North Brunswick Street, 3 visits, 30 students

Youth Groups

Comhairle Na NOg: 1 visit, 12 young people

Bradog Youth Group, 1 visit, 10 young people

Larkin Community College and The Abbey Theatre Homelessness Project, 1 visit, 15 Young People


Helen Beaumont, Education and Outreach Officer, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. / 087 2373192 / 01 6486405

Notes to the Editor:

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its Exhibitions is Free

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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