DL5 - 8 is an experimental policy model for artist-led engagement in public culture; a pilot policy model, undertaken by an artist-research collective from the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM) developing new ideas in public culture.

Working on-site in Dun Laoghaire [IE] in 2009 - 2010, in association with Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dún Laoghaire, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and with local business owners, we established a task to consider models and practices by which we would generate a pilot model to animate public culture in a locality and in so doing address an immediate task of improving the civic life of the suburban centre after office hours, while considering how artists - researchers can be engaged and enhance public culture.

The model highlighted the soft objectives of ‘making things happen’, ‘uncovering new alliances’ and ‘interdisciplinary investigations’ to guide the focus and direction of the actions undertaken, while concepts of social cohesion and intercultural dialogue were transversal principles to the project process.

From the academy’s perspective, the project was an opportunity by which we would investigate how artist-researchers, while evolving high–level engagement in art practice, are evolving new models, and experimental performance-led communities within and without the academy. From a European perspective, DL5-8 was piloted as part of a wider European suite of policy related actions under the ‘Creative Policies for Creative Cities’ grouping, investigating how we may collectively devise new policy oriented practices to engage culturally diverse publics in our civic space.

The DL5-8 model is potentially of interest to those active in artistic and performance events and it will be of special interest to those concerned with artist actions, artist collectives and the development of alternate economic systems to support cultural production, and engaging new audiences in the public domain.


The DL5-8 Public Culture & Policy Model is Available at < Ó Fiongháile, N (2011) 'DL5-8 Model' A Report to the Culture Unit, EACEA.

The DL5 - 8 Programme is Available at

The DL5-8 Movie is Available at < archive/sunesis_lab_DL5-8/dl5-8_a-vmedia/dl5-8video.mov >

Video Highlights of the DL5-8 programme are available at < DL58 highlights >

A-V Footage of DL5-8 Week 2 is Available at < archive/sunesis_lab_DL5-8/dl5-8_a-vmedia/DL5-8_WK2_video.mp4

A-V Footage of DL5-8 Week 3 is Available at < archive/sunesis_lab_DL5-8/dl5-8_a-vmedia/DL5-8_WK3_high_res(2).mp4

A-V Footage of DL5-8 Week 4 is Available at < archive/sunesis_lab_DL5-8/dl5-8_a-vmedia/DL5-8_WK4_high_resolution.mp4




The Creative Policies for Creative Cities Network formed in 2009 and active to 2011 was actively engaged with the local authorities of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council (IE), Newcastle City Council (UK) and the Diputación de Cuenca (ES). The team included Paul Collard, Director of Creativity, Culture and Education; Oscar Watson, Director of Intercultural Arts; David Faulkner, Deputy Director of Newcastle City Council; Angeles Diaz Vieco, Director of Simetrías Fundación Internacional; Juan Avila, President of the County Council of Cuenca; Jim Devine, President of the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Richard Shakespeare, Director of Department of Environment, Culture and Community, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; and coordinated by Nollaig Ó Fiongháile, Development Manager of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM).

We would like to thank our many generous colleagues for their participation, support and encouragement too numerous to mention, but gratefully acknowledged. We would like to express especial gratitude to colleagues from the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in realising this research project and our activities within the wider Creative Policies for Creative Cities Network.

We acknowledge the facilitation of the Department of Environment, Culture and Community of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and in particular, Department Director, Richard Shakespeare. And to the businesses and cultural institutions in Dún Laoghaire who provided energy and enthusiasm, as well as practical support, resources and advice in realising the programme: Martin Murphy (Director of Pavilion Theatre), Faycal + Siobhan Chebli (Sunshine Cafe) Jimmy Smith (Weirs of Dún Laoghaire) Conor Martin (The Purty Kitchen Group), Dom Mc Manus (Dún Laoghaire Business Association) and to Willie Donnelly, Venue No 4 St. Helen’s Court, Lr. George’s St.


DL 5-8 Programmers:

Technical Expertise & Project Developers include Tara Byrne (DL5-8 Artist Residency & Studio), Dr. Elaine Sisson (DL5 Film Studio), Martin Tourish (Imagined Communities Film Production), Nollaig Ó Fiongháile (DL6 Artist Talks Studio) Damian Evans (DL7 Performances) Drazen Derek (DL10 Coordinator), Alexis Nealon (DL5-8 Sound Engineer) and Paul Ó Callanáin (Website / Design Associates). Project Management team included Aidan McElwaine (Finance - GradCAM), Conor Logan (Finance - IADT),  Nollaig Ó Fiongháile (Programme & Conference Director), Richard Shakespeare (Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council). 


DL5-8 is a pilot project undertaken by an artist-research collective from the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media GradCAM developing new ideas in public culture. This project has been realized with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. GradCAM is funded through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle IV.

Sincere acknowledgement and thanks for the assistance and support of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media Board in realising this project: Prof. Declan McGonigal, Director, NCAD (Chairperson); Brid Grant, Director & Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism Dublin Institute of Technology. (Chairperson 2008-2009); Dr. Will Bridge, Head of London College of Communication, UAL; Dr. Brian O’Neill, Head of Research, Faculty of Applied Arts, DIT; Ken Langan, Registrar, NCAD; Jim Devine, President, IADT; Catherine McGarvey, Research Finance, DIT; Dr. Siun Hanrahan, Head of Research & Postgraduate Development, NCAD; Prof. Ian Montgomery, Dean of Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment, University of Ulster; and Dr. Mick Wilson, Dean, Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication and associated events reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.