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TBG+S and Mason Hayes & Curran recipients of Allianz Business to Arts Award 2014

10 September 2014

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios with our partners Mason Hayes & Curran are delighted to be recipients of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014 under the category of Best Small Sponsorship.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships, bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.

In partnership with Mason, Hayes & Curran, the Creative Generations Education Programme works with three schools in the Ringsend area: St Patrick’s Boys School, St Patrick’s Girls School, and Ringsend College.

Creative Generations is about creating access to contemporary art practices in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. We give students opportunities to view, create, curate and exhibit art. These experiences impact students’ relationship to art and art making. Jean Mann, Independent Arts Educator at TBG+S, said ‘Throughout the programme we’ve developed strong links with students from the Ringsend community and shared valuable experiences of exploring art in the TBG+S artists’ studios.’

Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, acknowledged the invaluable relationship formed over the last years with Mason Hayes & Curran. Clíodhna said, ‘Over the years of this partnership, TBG+S has enjoyed very much getting to know and work with the staff of Mason, Hayes & Curran. Creative Generations has expanded our work supporting school children in Dublin’s Ringsend area to engage with our studio artists in a unique programme devised and led by Independent Arts Educator, Jean Mann. Here students have opportunities to visit artists in studios at TBG+S, learn about how an artist works and what motivates them. Artists then conduct classroom workshops with the students and this results in an exhibition of work organised in coordination with Mason Hayes and Curran.’

Paul Convery from Mason, Hayes & Curran said ‘Mason Hayes & Curran was delighted to be presented with the award, particularly in light of the other very strong contenders.  The project enables MHC to have an impact on local and artistic communities in Dublin through the mediums of art and education, both of which are Firm focuses.  In addition, everyone in the Firm has derived huge enjoyment from the on-going co-operation with TBG+S, the artists and the students in St. Patricks’ National School for Boys, St. Patricks’ National School for Girls and Ringsend Technical College and the Firm will continue to build and strengthen the artistic and educational connections over the coming years.’

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 9 September and the awards were presented by President Michael D. Higgins.

For further details on the Creative Generations programme please click here.