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IMMA Opens The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon

Services: Impactful Business Programme Date: 08/03/2024

Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson, and Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), pictured at The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon.

IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Matheson are delighted to announce the opening of a new community space,  The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon

Designed by internationally renowned design practice,  Studio Makkink & Bey,  who were selected as the winning designers by a panel of judges in March 2023 after an invited architectural competition, the Matheson Creativity Hub at IMMA combines exceptional architecture and design to provide a welcoming and inclusive space that inspires creative engagement and fosters social connectivity for audiences of all ages.  

Commenting on the opening of the new space, Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson, said: 

"We are proud to partner with IMMA to bring this innovative and inclusive space to life.  The Matheson Creativity Hub is a tribute to Tim's legacy and a symbol of our enduring partnership with the Museum,  furthering our shared dedication to making a meaningful impact within our community.  Delivered as part of the arts pillar of Matheson's Impactful Business Programme,  this project underlines our commitment to diversity and inclusion,  and providing access to the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds.  I would like to thank the volunteers of Matheson's Arts Committee and the team at IMMA who gave their time and expertise to this initiative,  as well as the designers,  Studio Makkink & Bey,  for creating a welcoming and engaging new space.  We hope that the Matheson Creativity Hub will empower individuals of all walks of life to access and participate in the arts."

Sheena Barrett, Head of Research and Learning, IMMA, said: 

"The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon is an exciting new addition to IMMA and supports our vision to be the most dynamic and welcoming cultural destination in Ireland.  At IMMA,  we believe in the power of artistic practice to imagine and shape a different world - a world where every voice is heard,  where communities thrive,  and where unexpected experiences spark inspiration and change.  The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon provides a bespoke space to drop-in,  draw, make and enjoy taking time to invest in your creative self.  Through a mixture of programmed events,  workshops,  performances and more casual drop-in times,  these new spaces are inviting and radically public.  Studio Makkink & Bey have designed the space to be flexible to accommodate our family Explorer and Schools programmes for families and children,  our IMMA Horizons programmes for the lifelong curious,  reading groups and seminars,  silent disco drawing workshops,  performances and more while also being open to visitors who’d like to spend some time delving into the boxes of art materials on offer to create responses to the exhibitions they’ve seen.  The space is both playful and luxurious and invites visitors to spend time,  be curious and explore their own creativity and foster imaginations."

Commenting on the new space, Studio Makkink & Bey said: 

"The design of the Matheson Creativity Hub provides endless possibilities to host diverse activities for an inclusive community.  It acts as a place to inspire and be inspired by,  while providing attributes to activate participation around modern art and artistic expression.  Here,  visitors indulge in experiencing the embodiment of diverse artistic practices.   With and without programming, the space offers a soft invitation to participate."

Makkink & Bey is an internationally renowned design practice with over 20 years of experience in the spatial and artistic field.  At its heart lies their methodology to oversee the greater landscape of a project, reaching from social and historical to material and environmental aspects.

Matheson has made a significant contribution to the cultural landscape in Ireland and has worked with IMMA since 2015, supporting over 50 artists through new commissions and major international exhibitions.  Both partnerships – New Art at IMMA (2015 – 2018) and Irish Art at IMMA (2018 – 2019) - were championed by Tim Scanlon (1965 - 2020).  As former Chairperson of Matheson and IMMA Board Member (2016 – 2020),  Tim was an important influence on IMMA’s thinking. Tim encouraged progressive programming and change-making conversations that placed community engagement and inclusivity at the heart of the Museum’s activities.      

Find out more about Matheson's arts initiatives by visiting the Impactful Business Programme brochure.


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