Matheson-backed arts initiative commissions film from Turner Prize winner

Tim Scanlon, corporate partner at Matheson
Tim Scanlon, corporate partner at Matheson

An arts initiative supported by Dublin firm Matheson has commissioned a new film work by Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell.

The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is the artist’s first film based in Ireland and his first new work since becoming the first Irish-born artist to win the Turner Prize in 2014.

The film is presented by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Irish Film Board, who are working together for the first time.

Matheson has been supporting the New Art at IMMA initiative to allow IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.

Mr Campbell visited Matheson staff last night to speak about the film.

Ahead of the meeting last night, Tim Scanlon, corporate partner at Matheson, said: “Ireland is world renowned for its rich culture, heritage and, most notably, the creative talent that exists here. Recognising and nurturing this talent is key, and Irish business has a role to play in further developing the work of our cultural institutions and our talented and aspiring individuals.

“As a leading Irish law firm, Matheson is proud to partner with IMMA in supporting and encouraging the arts. Duncan Campbell, recipient of the 2014 Turner prize, is testament to the wealth of talent that exists here and we are privileged to have Duncan at our offices this evening speaking about his new work.”

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