New Art at IMMA Partnership

New Art at IMMA Partnership

New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, showcases best emerging talent.

In April 2015, Matheson announced a major three-year partnership supporting New Art at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). The relationship sees the firm supporting approximately ten exhibitions per year at IMMA.

Investing in talented lawyers and creating an environment which allows them to realise their potential are core values of Matheson. IMMA shares the same values as the firm, and this new partnership aims to allow IMMA to expand its investment in and nurturing of new and emerging talent in modern art.

The first exhibition supported under this innovative new partnership was a solo exhibition by UK artist Karla Black, regarded as one of the pioneering contemporary artists of her generation. Other Matheson-sponsored New Art projects since 2015 include Etel Adnan, What We Call Love, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Grace Weir, Jaki Irvine and Emily Jacir.

Matheson looks forward to engaging with the 2018 programme at IMMA which will feature a number of new International exhibitions from major living artists including Wolfgang Tillmans and Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian, as well as new exhibitions from Irish artists Brian Maguire and Mary Swanzy. We also look forward to IMMA’s presentation of a touring exhibition from major international painter Frank Bowling, a celebration of legendary Irish artist Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland, and the second installment of the landmark IMMA Collection: Freud Project, curated by Irish artist Daphne Wright.

Matheson Partnership Chairman Tim Scanlon has been appointed to IMMA’s Board of Directors, effective since January 2016.

As Above, So Below Exhibition

In 2017, Matheson has supported the As Above, So Below exhibition featuring contemporary artworks by Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Cameron - many being shown for the first time in Ireland. New commission created specifically for this exhibition included artworks by Linder, Matt Copson, Stephan Doitschinoff, Alan Butler and others.

As Above, So Below Exhibition at IMMA

“One out of every eight IMMA visitors experiences visual art for the first time through their IMMA visit.”

Matheson ArtClub

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. In 2017, we organised a number of events including a ROSC discussion with Seán Kissane on the 50th anniversary of ROSC and An Evening with Alan Butler, an exciting Irish artist featured in IMMA’s As Above, So Below Exhibition.

“It is very important for the business sector to support the arts and make sure the arts continue to thrive”

Business to Art Awards 2017

Matheson was highly commended at the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards for our support of new art at IMMA. 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 Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Monday, 4 September 2017

IMMA is Ireland’s national institution of contemporary and modern art. Based in its home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is celebrated for its vibrant and dynamic exhibition and education programmes. It is the home of the national collection of modern and contemporary art. Now numbering over 3,500 works, IMMA ensure that this collection is accessible to visitors through exhibitions, collaborations, loans, touring partnerships and digital programmes. Further information is available at

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