Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Mason Hayes & Curran are delighted to be shortlisted under the category Best Use of Creativity in the Community in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2015.
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.
The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 1 September when Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD will present this year’s Awards.
In 2013, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Mason Hayes and Curran began working in partnership together to mark the 30th anniversary of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios foundation.
A cornerstone of this partnership has been the Creative Generations Education Programme, which works with three schools in the Ringsend area: St Patrick’s Boys School, St Patrick’s Girls School, and Ringsend College. Last year TBG+S with MHC were recipients of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014 under the category of Best Small Sponsorship.
In the first phase of Creative Generations, the primary schools pupils visit artists in their studios at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and learn about their art work first hand from the unique and exciting perspective of being inside a real artist’s studio. To date, the boys and girls have visited artists Vanessa Donoso López, Kevin Cosgrove, David Eager Maher, Jim Ricks, Damien Flood, Alan Butler, Neil Carroll and Mark O Kelly. The second phase of the programme involved TBG+S Studio Artists Atsushi Kaga, David Eager Maher, Lucy McKenna, Vanessa Donoso López, Lucy Andrews, Ella de Burca and Hannah Fitz paying visits to the classrooms, and leading the children in art projects inspired by the artists’ own work.
The boys and girls then visited the Mason Hayes & Curran offices for a lunchtime exhibition of their own art work. Parents, teachers, artists and staff of Mason Hayes & Curran and TBG+S attended to admire the children’s work while they enjoyed the festivities.
In a fourth phase of the project, a panel of young people from Ringsend College, aged 12-18, will visit the gallery at TBG+S and learn about the process behind curating the art installations and exhibitions. Following on from this day of learning, they will curate a section of annual exhibition of the Mason Hayes and Curran Collection for November-Christmas 2015. This will be the third time the students will participate in curating the exhibition which is opened to guests for one evening and their parents and families are invited to attend.