Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, launched the ‘Art in the Hubs’ initiative on Friday, 17 February. This unique new pilot scheme will see pieces of art placed in remote work facilities across the country that are on board the Connected Hubs network. As part of the pilot, some 12 pieces of art will be loaned to different hubs by the Contemporary Irish Art Society (CIAS). Bru Digital Hub was proudly selected to display 2 of these art pieces.
The pieces, “Untitled” by John Fitzsimons and “Dublin Series 1” by Robert Sandberg are now hanging in the walls of our hub in the hope that an interested member might bring them home!
Speaking at the launch at the M:Tek Digital Hub in Monaghan, Minister Humphreys said:
“As a former Minister for the Arts, I know that art can be so powerful in terms of bringing a space to life. That’s exactly what we want to do with the 300-plus remote working hubs that are now on board the Connected Hubs network. This unique pilot initiative is about bringing art into the community. It’s about creating art spaces that our remote workers can enjoy during their breaks and which can provide great benefits in terms of reducing stress and improving our mental wellbeing.
While there are six hubs chosen as part of the pilot scheme, I very much welcome the plans to roll this initiative out nationwide. I want to thank the Contemporary Irish Art Society and the local artists for working so closely with us to develop this wonderful scheme.”
Stephen Carolan, National Hub Network Programme Manager, said:
“Hubs are popular and busy facilities in communities all over Ireland. This is a great opportunity for visitors to the hubs, including regular hub users, to enjoy outstanding modern art, and I know these pieces of art will add greatly to the hub community”.
“On ConnectedHubs.ie, we have over 300 hubs all over Ireland and we look forward to expanding the Art in the Hubs scheme to include many of those hubs. CIAS came to us with this idea and their passion for making it happen has been inspirational.”