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L to R: Christine O’Donovan, Head of Aviation at Mason Hayes & Curran; The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D.; Sophie Ellis from Ringsend College and Sean Rocks, presenter of ARENA on RTÉ Radio 1.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., has launched a Christmas exhibition of contemporary art by seven up and coming Irish artists at law firm Mason Hayes & Curran’s offices in Dublin.

Christine O’Donovan, Head of Aviation, provided an overview of the exhibition. Sean Rocks also interviewed Sophie Ellis, one the local students from our Art Outreach programme.

The exhibition has been curated by children from three schools in the Ringsend area of Dublin under the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Art Education Programme which is supported by Mason Hayes & Curran.

Minister Madigan said, “I’m delighted to support any initiative that helps new and emerging artists build a platform for their work. It’s also great to see a law firm such as Mason Hayes & Curran use their art collection to build relationships with their local community in the South Docks, and facilitate the students in Ringsend to gain access to the world of contemporary art and learn about making a career in different art-related disciplines.”

Working with guidance from the RHA, children attended workshops, learned about the principles of curation and the business of art, were given tours of the RHA and they then helped to pick the pictures for the exhibition. The artists selected and exhibited include Basil Al-Rawi, Andrew Bailey-Simpson, Christopher Banahan, Aron Cahill, Cecilia Moore, Elva Mulchrone and Aoife Scott.

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