As the city grows larger, the diversity of Dublin is growing too. As it stands, around a fifth of the city’s population hails from abroad. Large numbers of people from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France and Lithuania call the city home. Increasingly, migrants from across North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East are settling in the city too.

A new initiative for a changing city

To reflect the city’s increasing diversity, in 2021, Creative Ireland and Dublin City Council – supported by the Gallery of Photography Ireland and – chose five photographers to record and respond creatively to the theme of ‘diversity’ in Dublin city.

This significant commission supported these artists to connect and engage with Dublin’s different communities and created exciting new connections between artists, locals and the city.

The Diversity in Dublin exhibition

The winning photographers included Mandy O’Neill, Ala Buisir, Jialin Long, Tessy Ehiguese and Tobi Isaac-Irein. The resulting projects reflect the dramatically changed social and cultural landscape of our capital city.

Their commissions were presented to the public through an outdoor exhibition entitled Diversity in Dublin. It was presented on digipanels, metropoles and bus shelters across the city. However, you can still see highlights of each artist’s work below, along with links to their websites where you’ll find more of their images.

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