Matheson has a long history of supporting the arts in society, including a number of artists and exhibitions.
We understand the importance of the arts as an educational asset and how different forms of art have the ability to encourage community participation and create an understanding between different parts of society.
We foster an appreciation for the arts as part of life at Matheson and encourage a culture of creativity, including:
- Music appreciation courses in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music
- Employee photography competitions
- Poster competitions for employees and their families
Irish Museum of Modern Art
The Arts pillar also honours the memory of our former colleague and friend, Tim Scanlon, who was on the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and a member of the Development Council of the TCD Lir Academy of Dramatic Arts. Matheson has made a significant contribution to the cultural landscape in Ireland and has worked with IMMA since 2015, supporting over fifty artists through new commissions and major international exhibitions, including New Art at IMMA (2015 – 2018) and Irish Art at IMMA (2018 – 2019).
The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon
Matheson is proud to be partnering with IMMA to create a new community space in the heart of the museum, titled the Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon.
Following an invited architectural competition, Studio Makkink & Bey were selected by a panel of judges as the winning practice to create an innovative space at IMMA that combines exceptional architecture and design to provide a welcoming and inclusive place that inspires creative engagement and fosters social connectivity for audiences of all ages. IMMA are working with Studio Makkink & Bey to realise their design and these rooms will become the Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon - a central hub to be used by IMMA’s Engagement and Learning Team, community groups, creative partners, and artists, as well as a space for visitors to dwell and explore on their own.
The Tim Scanlon Corporate Law Bursary
In January 2022, we launched the Tim Scanlon Corporate Law Bursary, an annual scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate law students, with the winner receiving a bursary of €5,000; an internship placement in the Corporate department as part of Matheson’s Summer Internship Programme; and a piece of art by an Irish artist.
The Royal Irish Academy of Music
Matheson is partnering with The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) for their third level degree programme, 'RIAM Holistic', to teach students about promotion (business), somatic practices (health, for example, rehabilitating performance-related injuries and anxiety) and cultural agency (contributing to society). As part of this partnership, Matheson is sponsoring a number of student bursaries, including a composition competition, an environmental creative project award and a diversity and inclusion creative project award.
Matheson Photography Competition
Winning and shortlisted photos by our colleagues across the firm.
Gargee Hiray Shortlisted
Sarah Cleeton, Winner
Daphne Lenihan, Shortlisted
Carol Whooley, Shortlisted
Fionnuala Robinson, Shortlisted
Sarah Cleeton, Shortlisted