Thursday 21 September 2017

Office artwork back in frame as recession slows

David Watson, CEO XL Europe, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan, and David Gallagher, XL Insurance, at programme launch
David Watson, CEO XL Europe, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan, and David Gallagher, XL Insurance, at programme launch

Global reinsurance organisation XL Group confirmed that it will buy more than 20 works by 17 artists currently working in Ireland to decorate offices on St Stephen's Green, Dublin.

The group convened a selection panel to consider more than 500 submitted works, which included local art experts Sean Kissane, Curator, Exhibitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Rayne Booth, Programme Curator, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, along with local staff and XL Group's Jennifer Schipf, Vice President of Fine Art & Specie.

The purchased works will be installed at the company's offices, and artists selected range from undergraduate to senior artists and span 22 to 60 years in age. The artists are based in Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Sligo and Clare.

"We sense confidence is growing in the marketplace, and it's gratifying to see that this has impacted very quickly on our discussions with companies and their interest in having a conversation about the arts," said Business to Arts chief executive Stuart McLaughlin.

"XL Group's investment in Irish art sends an important message – that they are keen to develop a relationship with the sector here, and that a creative approach to acquiring and installing striking art in the workplace can bring benefits to your business."CONOR McCABE

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