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We are delighted to have been shortlisted for two Allianz Business to Arts Awards in 2014 with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S).

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.

TBG+S and Mason Hayes & Curran have been nominated for our activities under two categories at the Allianz Business to Arts awards. These are Best Small Sponsorship – under €25,000, and Best Creative Staff Engagement.

The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday 9 September and the awards will be presented by President Michael D. Higgins.

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.

Since then, a cornerstone of this partnership has been the ‘Creative Generations’ Programme, which works with three schools in the Ringsend area: St Patrick’s Boys School, St Patrick’s Girls School, and Ringsend Technical Institute. In the first phase of the programme, students from the primary schools visit artists in their studios at temple Bar Gallery + Studios and learn about being an artist.

Partner Paul Convery chats with pupils from St Patrick’s Boys School during an artist's workshop at TBG+S

To date, the boys and girls have visited artists Damien Flood, Alan Butler, Neil Carroll and Mark O Kelly, and learned about their art work first hand from the unique and exciting perspective of being inside a real artist’s studio. The second phase of the programme involved studio artists from TBG+S Atsushi Kaga, David Eager Maher, Lucy McKenna and Vanessa Donosso Lopez paying visits to the classrooms, and leading the children in art projects inspired by the artists’ own work.

In the third phase of the programme, the boys and girls visited the Mason Hayes & Curran offices for a family day where their work was set up in a special exhibition. Parents, teachers, artists and staff of Mason Hayes & Curran and TBG+S were invited to come along to admire the children’s work while the children enjoyed the festivities.

Last year's Young Curators pictured with Declan Moylan, Mason Hayes & Curran, and Ristéard Cooper, special guest on the evening

In a fourth phase of the project, a panel of young people from Ringsend Technical Institute, 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 2014. 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.

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