Bandfield is a new site-specific artwork presented as part of the Mardyke 300 celebrations.

2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the construction of the public recreation area of the Mardyke in Cork city. To mark this unique moment in the city’s history, the Glucksman invited artist Deirdre Breen to create a large scale artwork at the site of the original bandstand in front of the UCC Ceremonial Gates on Western Road.

Bandfield is presented on the façade of a former ESB substation, one of many such modernist structures built between 1948-1951, and which is currently used as a bicycle shelter. The small building is directly adjacent to the place where the original Mardyke bandstand was located in the 18th century.  

As part of the design process, the artist worked with the Glucksman and local musical groups to identify musical patterns and shifts in the way we experience music in public spaces. The final artwork transforms an overlooked public structure into a vibrant artwork and along with a free programme of music events, celebrates the Mardyke’s long history as a civic space and venue for outdoor performances. 

Curated by Tadhg Crowley, the project involves the community participation of the Butter Exchange Band and Music Generation, as well as a lively programme of concerts over the Summer months. 

Bandfield is funded by Cork City Council as part of the Mardyke 300 celebrations.