New community space in memory of Tim Scanlon opened

New community space in memory of Tim Scanlon opened

Pictured (left–right): Michael Jackson and Annie Fletcher.

A new community space named in memory of late Matheson partner Tim Scanlon has been opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon was designed by internationally-renowned design practice Studio Makkink & Bey, who were selected as the winning designers by a panel of judges in March 2023 after an invited architectural competition.

The hub combines exceptional architecture and design to provide a welcoming and inclusive space that inspires creative engagement and fosters social connectivity for audiences of all ages. IMMA have been delighted to partner with Matheson to realise this new space.

Michael Jackson, managing partner at Matheson, said: “We are proud to partner with IMMA to bring this innovative and inclusive space to life. The Matheson Creativity Hub is a tribute to Tim’s legacy and a symbol of our enduring partnership with the Museum, furthering our shared dedication to making a meaningful impact within our community.

“Delivered as part of the arts pillar of Matheson’s Impactful Business Programme, this project underlines our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and providing access to the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“I would like to thank the volunteers of Matheson’s Arts Committee and the team at IMMA who gave their time and expertise to this initiative, as well as the designers, Studio Makkink & Bey, for creating a welcoming and engaging new space.

“We hope that the Matheson Creativity Hub will empower individuals of all walks of life to access and participate in the arts.”

Sheena Barrett, head of research and learning at IMMA, added: “The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon is an exciting new addition to IMMA and supports our vision to be the most dynamic and welcoming cultural destination in Ireland.

“At IMMA, we believe in the power of artistic practice to imagine and shape a different world — a world where every voice is heard, where communities thrive, and where unexpected experiences spark inspiration and change.

“The Matheson Creativity Hub in Memory of Tim Scanlon provides a bespoke space to drop-in, draw, make and enjoy taking time to invest in your creative self. Through a mixture of programmed events, workshops, performances and more casual drop-in times, these new spaces are inviting and radically public.”

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