Support of visual arts is a core part of our CSR strategy. Our office holds one of the most important private corporate collections of Irish and international contemporary art.
Our former partners, Declan Moylan and Colman Curran, started purchasing art in the early 1990s and a de facto Art Committee was born. Over the years the office expanded, together with the art collection, which resulted in a move in 2006 to a large modern open plan office on Barrow Street and plenty of blank walls to fill.
Since then we have continued to acquire contemporary art from living artists and our current Art Committee, chaired by partner Natasha McKenna, has worked to expand and develop the collection. As our office is open plan, the addition of art has helped to add a certain style and character to the building. It has allowed the firm to reflect its personality and to provide a beautiful atmosphere and stimulating work environment for our employees and clients alike.
The collection now stands at 100 pieces and includes a specially commissioned Corban Walker sculpture in the building’s atrium. We also have works from artists such as Martin Healy, John Boyd, Bridget Reilly, Eithne Jordan, Geraldine O’Neill and Diana Copperwhite.
Our support for the visual arts extends beyond our collection. We are a long-time supporter of the organisation “Business to Arts”, whose aim is to broker, enable and support creative partnerships between business and the arts.
We are also proud to sponsor the Royal Hibernian Academy's (RHA) children’s art education programme RHA Kids. Our sponsorship funds a special art education programme with the RHA and our three local schools in Ringsend. See here for more information on the sponsorship.
Each year, we host an exhibition of contemporary art which allows artists to exhibit their pieces commission-free. All of the art is for sale to staff and visitors to the building.
Art at Mason Hayes & Curran: