SMBC Aviation Capital becomes first nationwide Schools Partner of National Gallery of Ireland

Photograph of a group of children in a grey uniform, with an adult man in a grey suit and an adult woman with blonde hair and a purple top.
Photo, Naoise Culhane.Credit

The National Gallery of Ireland today announced a dynamic new partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital called the SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme.

SMBC Aviation Capital, who have worked in partnership with the Gallery since 2017, have become the Gallery’s first nationwide Schools Partner. With this significant support, the Gallery will deliver a dedicated, sustainable and museum-leading Schools Programme that will support participating students across the country. 

This innovative three-year partnership launches in early 2024 with the first of four inclusive projects. My Primary School is at the Gallery connects inner-city Dublin primary schools with their National Gallery. Following outreach to local schools, the Gallery will develop a bespoke programme for the participating schools, which will culminate in a two-week onsite residency with the class attending ‘school’ at the Gallery. The Gallery becomes their classroom and all subjects are taught through art. At the end of the residency, a display created by the students will be presented in the Gallery’s Education Studio for their schoolmates, family, friends and the general public to view. My Primary School is at the Gallery will take place twice a year and aims to: grow confidence, social and communication skills in the participating children; support creative thinking and lateral learning; and encourage a sense of ownership in local cultural spaces. 

The second project in the SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme is Your Gallery at School. This is an ambitious outreach programme that brings the National Gallery of Ireland directly into classrooms across the country and aims to address key barriers to accessing culture for young people. Your Gallery at School will work with a minimum of ten primary, post-primary, special schools and Gaelscoileanna and in alternative school settings across Ireland each year. Art educators will develop a tailored programme for each school encompassing art education and creative career paths.

For over twenty years, the National Gallery of Ireland has welcomed Transition Year students onsite for different types of placement. As part of the SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme, the Gallery will extend its Transition Year Placements to include three opportunities per year from 2024. In spring, two groups will go behind the scenes at the Gallery, and in autumn, an online session will facilitate students from their homes or classrooms across the country. Placements will be inclusive, accessible and responsive to the needs of the participants. These opportunities will allow young people to gain first-hand experience of a career in the arts sector.

The final of the four strands in the SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme is the development of a new Schools Fellow position at the National Gallery of Ireland. This new three-year position is made possible through the partnership and the recruited Schools Fellow will become part of the Education team at the Gallery. The Schools Fellow will receive dedicated mentorship and ongoing support in the field of museum education, specifically focusing on schools. The position will support the Education team in delivering the key projects in the SMBC Aviation Schools Programme. 

Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said:The National Gallery of Ireland belongs to us all. With the generous support of SMBC Aviation Capital, the new SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme will significantly advance our ambition to encourage all children across Ireland to learn through and about art. We want to give young people a sense of ownership of their Gallery and this exciting new programme will further that goal for us. SMBC Aviation Capital are leaders in the business community in their support for arts and culture, and we hope that this partnership inspires their peers over the next three years.

Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, added:At SMBC Aviation Capital we are proud to expand our partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland. We have seen first-hand the positive impact that the Your Gallery at School pilot programme had on children and young people, and we believe becoming the Gallery’s first nationwide Schools Partner will bring even greater impact. Giving back to the communities in which we operate as well as focusing on children and education are key strategic priorities for our CSR committee and this innovative and ambitious new programme aligns with this strategy.

SMBC Aviation Capital became a Corporate Partner of the National Gallery of Ireland in 2017. From 2020 until 2023, the company sponsored Your Gallery at School, a pilot programme, which has led to the development of the SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme in 2024. This ambitious new programme for the Gallery would not be possible without SMBC Aviation Capital’s support. 

The SMBC Aviation Capital Schools Programme will break down barriers for children to access the arts and aims to create a ripple effect for best-practice arts education partnerships between the arts and business sectors. SMBC Aviation Capital are committed to giving back to the communities in which they operate, both locally and nationally. Their approach to CSR prioritises projects involving children and education, which are delivered in a structured and meaningful way. 

The Gallery would like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for its ongoing support. 

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Notes to the editor: 

  • Photos by photographer Naoise Culhane will be issued to media on 8 February 2024 and are available upon request. 
  • Dr Caroline Campbell, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and Sinéad Rice, Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, are available for interview.
  • Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, is available for interview.

Media contacts:

Kate O’Leary, Communications, Marketing & Digital Engagement Manager, National Gallery of Ireland

Gallery opening hours:

Monday: 11am – 5.30pm 
Tuesday – Wednesday: 9.15am – 5.30pm 
Thursday: 9.15am – 8.30pm 
Friday – Saturday: 9.15am –5.30pm 
Sunday: 11am – 5.30pm

About the National Gallery of Ireland:

The National Gallery of Ireland is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions housing the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn and be inspired. Tickets are required for some temporary exhibitions. 

About the Education department at the National Gallery of Ireland: 

The Education department’s core remit is to provide a year-round public programme of participation, engagement and learning events connected to the public building, the national collection and temporary exhibitions. It aims to provide many access points for the Gallery’s diverse audiences, and to value the transformative, complex and curious qualities inherent in art education. 

2024 at the National Gallery of Ireland:

2024 is the 170th anniversary of the establishment of the Gallery through the National Gallery of Ireland Act (1854) and the 160th anniversary of the opening of the National Gallery of Ireland on the 30 January 1864. The Gallery will also publish a new strategic plan for the period 2024-28 in early 2024.

About SMBC Aviation Capital: 

Based in the IFSC in Dublin Ireland, SMBC Aviation Capital is the second largest aircraft operating lease company globally by number of aircraft, with an owned, managed and committed fleet of over 900 aircraft. The company focuses on the most technologically advanced, fuel efficient and narrowbody aircraft types, providing customers across the globe with the aircraft they need to successfully grow their businesses.  Established in 2001, the company was acquired in 2012 by a consortium comprised of two of Japan’s biggest companies SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation.  For additional information, please visit SMBC Aviation Capital’s website at   
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Is é SMBC Aviation Capital an chéad Chomhpháirtí Scoileanna atá roghnaithe ag Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann

Beidh tionchar ag an gcomhpháirtíocht cheannródaíoch nua ar na mílte páistí scoile ar fud na tíre

Inniu d'fhógair Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann comhpháirtíocht dhinimiciúil nua le SMBC Aviation Capital ar a dtugtar Clár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital.

Is é SMBC Aviation Capital, atá ag obair i gcomhpháirt le foireann an Ghailearaí ó 2017, an chéad Chomhpháirtí Scoileanna atá roghnaithe ag an nGailearaí. Cuirfidh an tacaíocht shuntasach seo ar chumas an Ghailearaí Clár Scoileanna tiomnaithe, inbhuanaithe agus bunaithe ar an ngailearaí a chur ar fáil, Clár a thacóidh le mic léinn rannpháirteacha ó cheann ceann na tíre. 

Seolfar an chomhpháirtíocht nuálach trí bliana seo ag tús 2024 tráth a bhfógrófar an chéad cheann de cheithre thionscadal ionchuimsitheacha. Cruthaíonn Mo Bhunscoil sa Ghailearaí nasc idir bunscoileanna i lár chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath agus a nGailearaí Náisiúnta. I ndiaidh tionscadal for-rochtana a chur i gcrích le scoileanna áitiúla, forbróidh foireann an Ghailearaí clár saincheaptha do na scoileanna rannpháirteacha, agus ag deireadh an chláir eagrófar clár cónaitheachta coicíse ar an láthair agus tabharfar deis don rang freastal ar  ‘scoil’ sa Ghailearaí. Beidh an Gailearaí in úsáid mar sheomra ranga ag na mic léinn agus beidh gach ábhar á mhúineadh trí mheán na healaíne. Ag deireadh an tseisiúin cónaitheachta, taispeánfar an saothar a bheidh cruthaithe ag na mic léinn i Stiúideo Oideachais an Ghailearaí agus tabharfar deis dá gcairde scoile, baill teaghlaigh, cairde agus don phobal teacht chun féachaint ar an saothar.  Reáchtálfar Tá mo Bhunscoil sa Ghailearaí faoi dhó sa bhliain agus is é seo a leanas an aidhm atá leis: muinín a chothú, scileanna sóisialta agus cumarsáide na bpáistí a fhorbairt; tacú le smaointeoireacht agus le foghlaim chruthaitheach; agus tacú leis an tuiscint gur leis an bpobal na spásanna cultúrtha áitiúla. 

Is é an dara tionscadal atá á eagrú mar chuid de Chlár Scoileanna SMBC Do Ghailearaí ar Scoil. Is clár for-rochtana uaillmhianach é seo a chiallaíonn go bhfuil Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann á thabhairt chomh fada le seomraí ranga ar fud na tíre agus is é an aidhm atá leis déileáil le príomhbhacainní ar chultúr a bheith á rochtain ag daoine óga. Oibreoidh foireann Do Ghailearaí ar Scoil le deich mbunscoil, n-iar-bhunscoil, scoil speisialta agus nGaelscoil, ar a laghad, agus i suíomhanna scoile malartacha ar fud na hÉireann gach bliain. Forbróidh oideoirí ealaíne clár saincheaptha do gach scoil ina gcuimseofar gnéithe den oideachas ealaíne agus conairí gairme cruthaitheacha.

Le breis is fiche bliain anuas, tá foireann Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann ag fáiltiú roimh mhic léinn Idirbhliana atá i mbun clár socrúcháin éagsúil. Mar chuid de Chlár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital, forbrófar an Clár Socrúcháin Idirbhliana agus cuirfear trí dheis ar fáil gach bliain ó 2024 ar aghaidh. San earrach, tabharfar deis do dhá ghrúpa léargas a fháil ar an méid a bhíonn ar siúl sa chúlra ag foireann an Ghailearaí, agus san fhómhar, eagrófar seisiún ar líne do mhic léinn a bheidh sa bhaile nó i seomraí ranga ar fud na tíre. Beidh na socrúcháin ionchuimsitheach, inrochtana agus ag freagairt do riachtanais na rannpháirtithe. Tabharfaidh na deiseanna seo seans do na daoine óga taithí phearsanta a fháil ar ghairm in earnáil na n-ealaíon.

Is í an chuid deiridh de cheithre shnáithe Chlár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital post nua do Comhalta Scoileanna a chruthú i nGailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann. Tá an post nua trí bliana seo á chruthú mar thoradh ar an gcomhpháirtíocht agus beidh an Comhalta Scoileanna a earcófar ag obair le foireann Oideachais an Ghailearaí. Cuirfear cúrsaí meantóireachta speisialta agus tacaíocht leanúnach i ndáil le hoideachas músaeim, a bheidh dírithe go sonrach ar scoileanna, ar fáil don Comhalta Scoileanna. Tacóidh an post seo leis an bhfoireann Oideachais chun príomhthionscadail a bhaineann le Clár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital a chur i gcrích. 

Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag an Dr Caroline Campbell, Stiúrthóir Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann:Is le gach duine againn Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann. Tríd an tacaíocht fhlaithiúil atá faighte againn ó SMBC Aviation Capital, cabhróidh Clár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital linn lenár n-uaillmhian a chomhlíonadh - páistí ar fud na hÉireann a spreagadh chun a bheith ag foghlaim trí mheán na healaíne agus faoin ealaíon. Táimid ag iarraidh go mbeidh a fhios ag daoine óga gur leo féin an Gailearaí agus cabhróidh an clár spéisiúil nua seo linn lenár gcuspóir a chomhlíonadh. Is ceannaire é SMBC Aviation Capital sa phobal gnó a thacaíonn leis na healaíona agus leis an gcultúr, agus tá súil againn go spreagfaidh an chomhpháirtíocht seo a bpiaraí as seo go ceann trí bliana.

Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Peter Barrett, POF SMBC Aviation Capital:Cúis áthais do SMBC Aviation Capital ár gcomhpháirtíocht le Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann a fhorbairt. Tá léargas soiléir faighte againn ar an tionchar dearfach a bhí ag clár píolótach Do Ghailearaí ar Scoil ar pháistí agus daoine óga, agus creidimid gur féidir linn níos mó tionchair fós a imirt trí fheidhmiú mar an chéad Chomhpháirtí Scoileanna atá roghnaithe ag an nGailearaí. Is mian linn tacú leis na pobail a bhfuilimid ag obair leo agus is príomhthosaíochtaí straitéiseacha de chuid ár gCoiste CSR iad díriú ar pháistí agus ar chúrsaí oideachais, agus tá an clár nuálach agus uaillmhianach nua seo ailínithe leis an straitéis seo.

SMBC Aviation Capital ainmnithe mar Chomhpháirtí Corparáideach Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann in 2017. Idir 2020 agus 2023, d'urraigh an chuideachta Do Ghailearaí ar Scoil, clár píolótach a bhí mar bhonn le forbairt Chlár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital in 2024. Níorbh fhéidir an clár nua uaillmhianach seo don Ghailearaí a eagrú gan tacaíocht a bheith faighte ó SMBC Aviation Capital. 

Cabhróidh Clár Scoileanna SMBC Aviation Capital chun deireadh a chur le bacainní ionas go mbeidh páistí in ann na healaíona a rochtain agus tá sé mar aidhm leis tionchar a imirt ar chomhpháirtíochtaí oideachais ealaíne dea-chleachtais idir an earnáil ealaíon agus an earnáil ghnó. Tá SMBC Aviation Capital tiomanta do thacú leis na pobail a bhfuil sé ag obair leo, ar leibhéil áitiúil agus náisiúnta. Tugann a gcur chuige maidir le CSR tús áite do thionscadail atá dírithe ar pháistí agus oideachas, a chuirtear ar fáil ar bhealach struchtúrtha agus lánbhrí. 

Is mian le foireann an Ghailearaí buíochas a ghabháil leis an Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán as tacú leis go leanúnach. 

Tá tuilleadh eolais le fáil ag


Nótaí do na heagarthóirí: 

  • Tá grianghraif atá glactha ag an ngrianghrafadóir, Naoise Culhane, le cur ar fáil do na meáin ar an 8 Feabhra 2024 agus beidh siad ar fáil ar iarratas freisin. 
  • Tá an Dr Caroline Campbell, Stiúrthóir Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann, agus Sinéad Rice, Ceann an Oideachais i nGailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann, ar fáil chun agallamh a dhéanamh.
  • Tá Peter Barrett, POF SMBC Aviation Capital, ar fáil chun agallamh a dhéanamh.

Teagmhálaí na Meán: 

Kate O’Leary, Bainisteoir - Cumarsáid, Margaíocht & Idirghníomhú Digiteach, Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann

Uaireanta oscailte an Ghailearaí:

Dé Luain: 11am – 5.30pm 
Dé Máirt – Dé Céadaoin: 9.15am – 5.30pm 
Déardaoin: 9.15am – 8.30pm 
Aoine – Satharn: 9.15am –5.30pm 
Dé Domhnaigh: 11am – 5.30pm

Maidir le Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann:

Is é Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann ceann de na nithe is díol spéise do thurasóirí is mó tóir in Éirinn agus is ann atá bailiúchán an náisiúin de shaothair ealaíne Eorpacha agus Éireannacha ón mbliain 1300 go dtí an lá atá inniu ann, mar aon le Leabharlann agus Cartlann shuntasach. Tá saorchead isteach chuig an mbailiúchán ag gach duine chun taitneamh a bhaint as, a bheith ag foghlaim agus a machnamh a dhéanamh. Teastaíonn ticéid le haghaidh roinnt taispeántas sealadach. 

Eolas faoi roinn Oideachais Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann: 

Is é sainchúram na roinne Oideachais clár poiblí bliana d'imeachtaí rannpháirtíochta, idirghníomhaithe agus foghlama a chur ar fáil atá nasctha leis an bhfoirgneamh poiblí, an bailiúchán náisiúnta agus taispeántais shealadacha. Is é aidhm fhoireann na Roinne Oideachais go leor pointí rochtana a chur ar fáil do spriocphobail éagsúla an Ghailearaí, agus a chinntiú go bhfuil meas ar na cáilíochtaí claochlaitheacha, casta agus aisteacha atá fréamhaithe san oideachas ealaíne. 

2024 ag Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann:

In 2024, beidh comóradh á dhéanamh ar 170 bliain ó bunaíodh an Gailearaí. Bunaíodh an Gailearaí tríd an Acht um Dhánlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann (1854) agus beidh comóradh á dhéanamh ar 160 bliain ó osclaíodh Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann ar an 30 Eanáir 1864. Chomh maith leis sin, foilseoidh foireann an Ghailearaí plean straitéiseach nua don tréimhse idir 2024-28 ag tús 2024.

Eolas maidir le SMBC Aviation Capital: 

Tá SMBC Aviation Capital bunaithe san IFSC i mBaile Átha Cliath, Éire, agus is é an dara cuideachta léasaithe oibriúcháin aerárthaí is mó ar domhan bunaithe ar an líon aerárthaí, agus tá flít de bhreis is 900 aerárthach faoina úinéireacht, á bhainistiú aige agus faoina chúram. Tá foireann na cuideachta ag díriú ar na cineálacha aerárthaigh is forbartha ó thaobh na teicneolaíochta de, is breosla-éifeachtúla agus is cúinge, agus tá aerárthaí á gcur ar fáil acu do chustaiméirí ar fud an domhain ionas gur féidir leo a ngnóthaí féin a fhorbairt.  Bunaíodh an chuideachta sa bhliain 2001, agus cheannaigh cuibhreannas í sa bhliain 2012, cuibhreannas a bhfuil dhá cheann de na cuideachtaí is mó sa tSeapáin páirteach ann - SMFG agus Sumitomo Corporation.  Tá tuilleadh eolais le fáil ar shuíomh gréasáin SMBC Aviation Capital:   
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