Image shown: LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.

Image shown: LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.

LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, with support from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office, has announced an artist’s commission focusing on families that avail of LauraLynn’s services.

Moments that Matter is a commission designed to be responsive to families identified by LauraLynn. The aim is to show the beauty and connection within everyday moments in the lives of the families that attend LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice Service.

Professional artists/companies are sought that work in one or more of the following areas: Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Music, Opera, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Spoken Word, Creative Writing, Circus Arts or Performance Art.

LauraLynn is particularly interested in practitioners who work in a collaborative manner, are flexible in their approach and responsive to the needs of those involved.

The brief for this commission is to engage with families identified by LauraLynn and to explore the quotation ‘We do not remember days, we remember moments’ (Cesare Pavese), in the context of families living with a child with a life-limiting illness. Exploration of the artform with the families using this theme is central to this commission.

The process of working with the families is of the upmost important and their experience is the central focus of this commission, not a final or finished ‘piece’. It is envisaged that an outcome from the commission will come entirely through this collaboration with the families. LauraLynn will support the artist/s in the creation of this work to ensure that the families can navigate any issues that may arise.

The commission fee is €10,000 to include all expenses (VAT inclusive).

Application Procedure
Information on how to apply and the Artists’ Brief can be downloaded here:

Closing Date for Queries 5pm, 15 January 2021
Closing Date for receipt of applications: 5pm, 30 January 2021

Assessment Period: Week of 10 February 2021
Successful applicants notified by: Week of 17 February 2021
Commission to be completed by mid July 2021

Please email any queries to Máire Davey, Assistant Arts Officer. Queries relating directly to LauraLynn will be forwarded for comment by LauraLynn staff and returned by dlr Arts Office. Email:

This commission is funded by Creative Ireland and LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice and supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.


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