The William Orpen Memorial Sculpture Project

The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded by local photographer Dominic Lee, is currently fundraising for a bronze sculpture of Stillorgan born artist Sir William Orpen.

This fantastic initiative will significantly contribute to the 2017 rejuvenation plans for Stillorgan. The main objective of this project will not only attract visitors from home and abroad, but will essentially promote Stillorgan as a commercial and tourist hub in County Dublin.

The 11 foot tall bronze sculpture will be unveiled by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and will coincide with an exhibition of Orpen's works, along with letters, memorabilia including his easel, chair, paintbrushes & pallet. The mirror which featured in his painting "The Mirror" kindly offered by artist Ken Howard R.A. the current owner of Orpen's home/studio in Chelsea and Patron of this charitable project. We also have several watercolours by William’s Mother Anne and Father Arthur Herbert Orpen. As with many sculptures, this one requires private funding. We have already secured several small donations and substantial donations from the following: (who will have their names on a plaque at the sculpture).

  • The Smurfit Foundation,
  • Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce
  • Priory Studios
  • Orpen's Cider
  • Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre
  • Frank Murphy (FM Law)
  • The Murphy Family (from Churchtown in Cork)
  • Baumann’s Hardware
  • Mount Merrion Residence Association
  • Film Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy)
  • Richard Olivier (William Orpen’s grandson)
  • Whyte’s Art Auctioneers
  • James & Barbara O'Dwyer
  • Peter Gleeson
  • The Brick Family (Mount Merrion)
  • Karen D’Alton (
  • Neal & Hugh Curran
  • Inna Tailoring
  • Brian O'Connor
  • Ken Howard R.A.
  • Oatlands College Class of ‘74
  • William Orpen's Descendants

Any donation will be greatly appreciated and there is an option to have your name or your company name engraved on a plaque at the base of the sculpture for €1000.

How can I support this initiative?

  • Click on the donate link at the bottom of the web page and make a cash donation.
  • Send a donation in the form of a bank draft or cheque made payable to:
    Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce,
    19 Priory Park,
    Co. Dublin, A94 H7A4
  • Donate €1,000 or more and have your name engraved on a plaque at the base of the Sculpture

Meet The Team behind the Project

  • Dominic Lee

    About Dominic

    Dominic Lee - Photographer at Priory Studios.

    Project Manager of The William Orpen Sculpture Project and Committee member of the Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce. Dominic devotes his spare time researching and blogging about William Orpen.

    Dominic Lee - Project Coordinator

  • Dominic Lee

    About Ken

    Ken Howard R.A.

    Artist Ken Howard is the Patron of The William Orpen Sculpture Project and is the current owner of Sir William Orpen's home and studio. Ken is also a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.

    Ken Howard R.A. - Artist

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    About Rowan

    Rowan Gillespie

    Rowan has begun working on the Sir William Orpen Sculpture. He has produced an array of famous Sculptures; including WB Yeats, Titanica and The Famine Memorial.

    Rowan Gillespie - Sculptor

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    About Karen

    Karen D'Alton

    Karen has a keen interest in Social History and genealogy and is one of our Fundraisers.

    Karen D'Alton - Fundraiser

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    About Frank

    Frank Murphy

    Frank is a Solicitor and President of The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce

    Frank launched the William Orpen Exhibition in Stillorgan Village in 2013.

  • Frank Murphy - Chairperson Stillorgan Chamber