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.
We consciously and consistently support local and international artists by purchasing a number of original pieces of art each year to add to our private collection. Jeanne Kelly, Commercial and Technology Partner and member of our Art Committee, has chosen Sean Scully's Inis Meain Wall II as her favourite piece in the collection. "I love this Sean Scully photograph which is one of his "Walls of Aran " series. Scully is more famous for his paintings, and he is one of the most renowned living Irish artists.
"What I love about it is its arresting simplicity and the resilience of the wall. It's positioned at the stairs between our two floors of meeting rooms and often stops me in my tracks as I walk to meet clients. At a glance it's "just" a photo of a stone wall but when you pause at all you see the geometry in it."
"What's compelling about this piece to me is that while we "know" Sean Scully , the person who made the wall is unremembered, yet they were an artist too. Their work is central to this one, and that work has outlived them. I don't normally like very grey art works but this one is my utmost favourite out of the collection, no question."
Our support for the visual arts extends beyond our collection. We are a long-time supporter of the organisation “Business to Arts”, of which Jeanne is a Board member. Business to Arts 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.