High Flyers by Deirdre Byrne Wins Dublin Airport’s Creative Journeys Competition

High Flyers by Deirdre Byrne Wins Dublin Airport’s Creative Journeys Competition

High Flyers by Deirdre Byrne is Dublin Airport’s latest art installation in its Creative Journeys initiative on display in Terminal 1. Creative Journeys is a two-year public art programme involving Dublin Airport, Business to Arts and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

Above are Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport; winning artist Deirdre Byrne; and Helen Carroll, Head of Communications & Partnerships, Business to Arts; at the unveiling of High Flyers in Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.

Deirdre, a visual artist and illustrator from Gorey, Co Wexford, was selected as the winning entrant from over 102 submissions following an open call competition. Her winning entry, High Flyers, is now on display on a large billboard beyond the passenger security screening area near the Pier 3 boarding gates. She is currently living in Seville, Spain, and her work has been exhibited in Ireland, Spain, China, Iceland and New Zealand.

Vincent Harrison said: “I want to congratulate Deirdre on her winning submission, which is now part of our Creative Journeys partnership. We are delighted to feature her hugely impressive and striking piece of art. Dublin Airport provides the first welcome and the last goodbye to Ireland for tens of millions of people every year and High Flyers will be viewed and appreciated by thousands of passengers every day.”

Deirdre, who has a degree in Fine Art Painting and a postgraduate qualification in Art and Design Education from NCAD, was inspired by the landscape she sees from the air each time she returns to Dublin. “When I learned of the open call competition, I thought this familiar landscape would make a good image for the billboard. The kites in my painting were inspired by the work of the Wildlife Management Team in Dublin Airport, which use kites depicting birds of prey to deter actual birds from the runway.”

High Flyers is the fifth installation to be erected in Dublin Airport since the beginning of the Creative Journeys partnership with NCAD and Business to Arts. It joins Philip Napier’s Visual Amenity 1 & 2, NCAD illuminated art located at gates 412-414 in Pier 4, an Object and Image exhibition in 51st & Green, the US pre-clearance lounge all located in Terminal 2, and Showreels on the Mezzanine level in Terminal 1.

“The various installations that form part of the Creative Journeys partnership are individually and collectively transforming the visual environment of Dublin Airport for our passengers,” added Vincent.

More information on the Creative Journeys project is available at

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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