Irish Art at IMMA, supported by Matheson.
Matheson Renews Partnership with IMMA to Support Irish Artists
Matheson has announced that it will continue its partnership with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Having commenced in 2015, the successful relationship between the two organisations will focus on ‘Irish Art at IMMA’ over the course of 2018/19.
The partnership with IMMA will see Matheson proudly support a series of Irish artists and Irish art events over the twelve-month period across a range of activities.
The ‘Irish Art at IMMA’ series is currently featuring a major retrospective of the work of Mary Swanzy, Ireland’s first modernist. This will be exhibited until February 2019 with further exhibitions of Irish artists such as Walker & Walker, Fergus Martin and Janet Mullarney to take place in 2019.
Commenting on the partnership extension, Tim Scanlon, Matheson Partnership Chairman said; “We are delighted to continue our association with IMMA. At Matheson, we strive to make a meaningful contribution to our community and our relationship with IMMA has helped us to realise this.”
IMMA Head of Audiences and Development Aoife Flynn commented: “Above all else IMMA is committed to supporting artists’ work, and we are indebted to visionary partners like Matheson who work with us to support the development of contemporary art in Ireland. As contemporary visual arts strengthen in Ireland, artists’ work is increasingly recognised on the international stage, as well as making an invaluable contribution to contemporary Irish society. Matheson is the ideal partner to support us in this aim, given their strong Irish roots and their international outlook.”
Matheson has worked with IMMA since 2015 to support some of the most exciting and internationally significant young artists working today. Highly commended at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, between 2015 and 2018 the partnership has to date supported over 50 artists and enabled works by artists including Scottish sculptor and Turner Prize nominee (2011) Karla Black; Irish artist Brian Maguire; Lebanese artist Etel Adnan; British photographer Chloe Dewe Matthews; Irish artist Grace Weir; and new commissions by leading Irish artists including Turner Prize winner (2014) Duncan Campbell, Jaki Irvine and Alan Butler. Matheson has also supported major exhibitions at IMMA by established and international artists such as Rodney Graham, and Frank Bowling.
Pictured above (L-R) are: Tim Scanlon, Matheson Partnership Chairman; Sean Cassin, Curator at IMMA; and Aoife Flynn, IMMA Head of Audiences and Development.
Business to Art Awards 2018
For the second year running, Matheson was highly commended at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards for our support of new art at IMMA partnership. The Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships and bring businesses and the arts into mutually beneficial relationships across society and were presented by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Tuesday, 4 September 2018. Matheson’s support of New Art at IMMA has allowed the museum to commission artists and show new work not previously exhibited at IMMA, such as Frank Bowling and Nan Goldin. The partnership was recognised under the 2018 Business to Arts Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment. Remarking on the success of the partnership, Andrea Marrinan, Corporate Development Officer at IMMA said “Matheson likes the conceptual way artists challenge society and present things in a different way. That is the kind of thinking it would like its graduates to have.”
IMMA is Ireland’s national institution of contemporary and modern art. Based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is one of the most visited free attractions in Ireland and is celebrated for its vibrant and dynamic exhibition and education programmes. Visited by an average of 500,000 people each year, IMMA is one of Ireland’s leading cultural institutions and a key source of creativity and inspiration for visitors of all walks of life. One out of every ten IMMA visitors experiences visual art for the first time through their IMMA visit and it is hugely important to IMMA to create an enjoyable and engaging experience of contemporary art for everyone. IMMA is driven to inspire a curiosity and appreciation of Irish contemporary art amongst its audience and the wider Irish public. IMMA is the home of the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Now numbering over 3,500 works, IMMA ensures that this collection is accessible to visitors to IMMA and beyond, through exhibitions, collaborations, loans, touring partnerships and digital programmes. Further information is available at www.imma.ie.
Matheson ArtClub was created for our staff with an interest in art to learn about the latest developments in contemporary art, attend exhibitions at IMMA, as well as engage in meaningful conversations with artists.