The Dog Project at Carlow Art Festival 2018

The Dog Project at Carlow Art Festival 2018

The Dog Project at Carlow Art Festival 2018 was one of the most entertaining parts.

The idea behind the project is to make 100 life-sized papier-mache dogs with help from the public. Then, after completion, the dogs are ‘taken on a walk’. And put into differing installations along the way and then exhibited.

So, 100 dogs were unleashed around the streets of Carlow Town as part of The Dog Project.

Moreover, each dog was created locally in papier mache through intensive workshops in Carlow schools led by artist Tom Campbell.

Tom Campbell is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice involves drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance. Born in Scotland and based in Ireland, he has worked across Europe. And the Dog Project he completed four times.

What`s more, this is a unique visual arts installation. And fun community-based project shows the environmentally friendly way of making sculpture come alive. In partnership with Carlow County Council Arts Office.

Besides, everyone could be involved in the dog walk on Saturday through the town. Or simply marvel at the strangely lifelike hand-crafted creations as they pop up in unusual contexts throughout the weekend.

So, The Dog Project runs 3 days in Carlow Town:

  • Friday 8 June, 12 – 6 pm at Fairgreen Shopping Centre.
  • Saturday 9 June, the dog walk starts at 12 pm at Fairgreen Centre. Next reaches Festival HQ Carlow College at 1.30 pm and stays until 8 pm at Festival HQ Carlow College.
  • Sunday 10 June, 1 – 8 pm at Festival HQ Carlow College.

I took some photos of the dogs in Fairgreen Shopping Centre.


Blogger. Volunteer. Enthusiast of photography, nature, architecture, and cultural events. Since 2014 living in County Carlow in Ireland.

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