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Under stARTers orders

Under stARTers orders is a unique public arts initiative designed to help raise funds for the vital work of two fantastic charities local to Kildare, Irish Injured Jockeys & Sensational Kids. It is a collection of 20 lifesize resin horse sculptures that are primed and ready to paint.

They will be put on public display to form a Public Art Exhibition in and around Kildare in 2019 before being auctioned off after The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh in order to raise valuable funds for these two local charities.

This is an opportunity for corporates, host locations and artists to work with The Curragh, Irish Injured Jockeys & Sensational Kids and enjoy a unique platform to showcase their work to anyone who loves horse racing both here in Kildare and around the world.



Under stARTers orders will be temporarily located in key locations in May and June and artists will be working with well-known personalities from the world of sport and entertainment who will be approached to paint and decorate the 21 life-sized statues. The brightly adorned horses will be found “grazing” and taking in the scenery in prominent locations across Kildare and surrounding counties to create excitement and enthusiasm to coincide with the opening of the redeveloped Curragh Racecourse.

An interactive map of the horses’ locations will be available creating an exciting Trail for people to follow.

There will be an opportunity to sponsor individual horses with the plan to then auction off all the horses at an event in advance of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby during the week of 27th-29th June with the proceeds benefiting both charities.


January 2019

Resin sculptures are distributed to invited Artists.

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January – March 2019

Artists paint/decorate individual horses.

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March 2019

All completed under stARTers orders sculptures are returned, official photographs are taken and the tourist trail is finalised.

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April 2019

Online auction goes live. All 20 pieces of art are displayed in central locations for Public Viewing.

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June 2019

Pre-Derby Live Auction for a selection of the sculptures before the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival which takes place from 27th to 29th June 2019.

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July 2019

Online Auction Closes. Under stARTers orders horses delivered to their new owners.

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