ANAM Open Call Commissions

Visual artist Helen Barry, film maker Cian Brennan and landscape architect Sophie Von Maltzan, were the three artists commissioned to create new community-engaged works, as part of DCU's first ANAM Open Call. 

As part of the commissions they are building a new pocket park on the All Hallows Campus, creating an interactive visual art project and shooting a documentary about the lives of the people of DCU and its neighbourhoods during lockdown.

More information about Helen Barry's project Museum of Hope can be found here.


Ms Justice Mella Carroll
Portrait of Ms Justice Mella Carroll by Vera Klute
DCU Chancellor Portraits

Award winning and highly regarded artist Vera Klute was awarded the commission to create portraits of former DCU Chancellors Tom Hardiman and Ms Justice Mella Caroll, following an invited competition process in June 2020. Both portraits will be installed in the Albert College dining room (1838 Club), alongside portraits of former Chancellors and former Presidents of the University.

Mella Carroll was Chancellor of DCU from 2001 to 2006. She was an insightful, energetic and prudent pioneering lawyer in a profession dominated by men during her lifetime. The intelligence, dynamism and social awareness evident in many of her court decisions also helped to shape DCU’s unique sense of community and its exemplary academic standards. Chancellor Carroll brought integrity and honesty to bear on her role.

Tom Hardiman was elected as the first Chancellor of DCU in 1998 until 2001. He was a giant of Irish Society and contributed hugely to Ireland across so many dimensions. He played a significant role in the establishment of DCU as a modern, dynamic university and he took a particular interest in the university’s ongoing development of Japanese language and culture studies.


Teachers Inspire Sculpture
Sandra Bell's Teachers Inspire sculpture in the workshop
Teachers Inspire Sculpture Commission


Inspired by the work of teachers, DCU commissioned a new public sculpture as a permanent symbol of DCU’s Teachers Inspire Initiative. This initiative highlights the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish Society.

Contemporary Sculptor Sandra Bell was awarded the commission in 2019. The artwork which plays on the theme of light; is a figurative cast-bronze sculpture, incorporating 24 karat gold leaf. It will be located on DCU’s St. Patrick’s campus.