2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Shortlist announced

‘Dream Roads’ by Cork artist Kevin Callaghan. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

This years Allianz Business to Arts Awards saw high levels of entries, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships, that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

The 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be presented on September 4th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  The awards recognise businesses, artists and art organisations that develop creative partnerships, bringing art into the workplace to build relationships that benefit communities across Ireland. The collaboration between business and arts can take place through sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives or community engagement.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said:

“We are inspired by the creativity, innovation and cost effectiveness demonstrated by the various entries this year. Ahead of Business to Arts’ 30th Anniversary in 2018, these partnerships help to drive us in our mission; to enable and support creative and business minds to collaborate and make unexpected things happen. In the 26th year of the Awards, we have received the highest number of entries to date, displaying the best examples of creative partnerships between corporates and creative communities.

Commenting on this year’s entries, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“We are really proud of our longstanding association with the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which continue to showcase the best in collaboration between the Irish Artistic and Business communities.  From an Allianz perspective, it is very fulfilling to be in a position to encourage and acknowledge partnerships that deliver lasting value for our artists and for business, but to also see the hugely positive impact such partnerships have on communities across the country and on our society at large”.

For the 26th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award, ‘Dream Roads’ was created by Cork artist Kevin Callaghan who states:

The departure point of “Dream Roads” foresees creativity and business as well as creativity through business. This solid standing closed structure wants to address the potential of togetherness in moving forward with creative ideas. The upper part of the award shows building blocks or stepping stones that question the origins of opportunities and symbolize partnership. “Dream Roads” is based on the triangle that begins and arrives, working in collaboration.”

The winners of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 4 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Please contact if wish to attend the awards ceremony.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy for ‘Women on Walls’
  • Brothers of Charity Services Galway & Blue Teapot Theatre Company
  • Dublin Port Company & National Concert Hall for ‘Starboard Home’
  • Environmental Protection Agency & ReCreate for ‘The Creative Reuse Revolution’

Best Mid-Size Sponsorship – over €15,000 – €50,000 value

  • Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation
  • Central Bank of Ireland & Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for ‘Creative Generations 2017’
  • The Dean Dublin & IMMA
  • Marine Institute & TULCA for ‘TULCA OFFshore‘

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under 

  • Brown Bag Films & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bookbag’
  • Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council & Institute of Art, Design & Technology for ‘Young Women in Film & Television’
  • LloydsPharmacy Ireland & Helium Arts for ‘Teddy Bear Check-Up’
  • Samaritans & Smashing Times Theatre Company for ‘Acting for the Future’

Best Long Term Partnership

  • Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture
  • Behaviour & Attitudes & Graphic Studio Dublin
  • Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards
  • ESB & Science Gallery Dublin for ‘MAKESHOP Programme’ 

Best Use of Creativity in the Community 

  • A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence Programme with Catherine Ann Cullen
  • innocent & Age Action for ‘The innocent Big Knit’
  • Samaritans & Smashing Times Theatre Company for ‘Acting for the Future’
  • Savills Ireland & Andrew Christopher Dunne, 4th Port Ringsend Sea Scouts Community Garden and the East Wall Mens’ Sheds Community Garden for ‘The Savills Garden – Face to Face’

Best Creative Staff Engagement 

  • AIB Ardkeen Waterford & Waterford Healing Arts Trust for ‘Healing Sounds in the Foyer’
  • ESB & Science Gallery Dublin for ‘MAKESHOP Programme’
  • LloydsPharmacy Ireland & Helium Arts for ‘Teddy Bear Check-Up’
  • Publicis Dublin & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy with Vera Klute, Blaise Smith and El Zorrero Films for ‘Women on Walls’
  • Arthur Cox & Clancourt Group with Caoimhe Kilfeather for ‘Wave’ & ‘Lean’
  • Dublin Port Company & National Concert Hall with Paul Noonan and various musicians for ‘Starboard Home’
  • Fingal County Council Arts Office with Garrett Phelan for ‘The Hide Sculpture’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment 

  • Accenture for ‘Accent on Arts’, GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin and ‘Women on Walls’ with the Royal Irish Academy, Vera Klute, Blaise Smith and El Zorerro Films
  • IMMA for ‘New Art at IMMA’ sponsored by Matheson and ‘The Dean Hotel Partnership’
  • National Concert Hall for ‘Composing the Island’ sponsored by Bord Na Móna and RTÉ, and ‘Starboard Home’ commissioned and sponsored by Dublin Port Company
  • TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

Allianz €5,000 Community Art Award 

  • Damn Fine Minds
  • Past Times Community Choir
  • ReCreate Ireland
  • The Rising Tide – Drama Music Pillar
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