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Alva Gallagher announced as commissioned artist for McGarrell Reilly Group ‘The Sharp Building’ Commission

July 27th, 2017
The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

The McGarrell Reilly Group and Business to Arts are very happy to announce that artist Alva Gallagher has been commissioned to create a new piece of sculpture named ‘Rise’. The decision was made following the Open Call to Irish and international artists to submit concepts for ‘The Sharp Building Commission’.

The brief to artists was to create an original and innovative sculptural installation in response to unique environment, architecture, historic and cultural references associated with the new building and its location off Hogan Place in Dublin’s core city centre. ‘Rise’ is a double-height glass sculpture that will be unveiled in early 2018. It will be visible from both the interior and exterior of The Sharp Building and will be seen by office staff, local viewers and commuters.

Award- winning Irish sculptor, Alva Gallagher, is a visual artist whose work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. She is passionate about the sea and mirrors its ferocity and serenity through the manipulation of her chosen mediums (glass and bronze) from their molten to solid states to explore concepts of depth and rhythm. Alva has exhibited extensively. Recent highlights include the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London; The Traver Gallery Seattle, USA; and The Saatchi Gallery, London. Her work appears in State, National and International Collections, including The OPW, The National Museum of Ireland, BMW and in the iconic ‘Gherkin’ building in London.

Alva Gallagher lives and works in Carlingford, Co. Louth says:
“I am so honoured to be the selected for The Sharp Building Commission and to have my work interwoven into this stunning new landmark building in Dublin’s urban landscape. I’ve already started working with The Sharp Building team on the sculpture and can’t wait to see my piece ‘Rise’ ascend within the double-height reception area of the building. It will be a modern sculptural portrait and represent the evolving future of Dublin City.”

McGarrell Reilly Group states:
“McGarrell Reilly is a long-term supporter of the arts and is delighted to now commission a new work of art for The Sharp Building. Alva is a world-class artist, based in Carlingford, Louth, who will bring a beautiful glass art piece to the impressive double height reception of The Sharp Building. We anticipate that this exceptional art piece will be appreciated by future tenants, local residents and all who pass the building. ”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:
“With this special new sculpture commission, McGarrell Reilly Group are continuing the tradition of incorporating and bequeathing an artwork into a new building during its construction phase. Alva’s proposal ‘Rise’ is beautiful and imaginative. Her proposal was highly detailed in its artistic and technical specification. The time and effort that Alva took to understand the brief and The Sharp Building in which the artwork would live, resulted in a strong consensus among the panel of assessors.”

Alva Gallagher
Alva Gallagher is an established artist who has won numerous awards for her work including The Jim McNaughton/ TileStyle Bursary Award with the Beacon Medical Group at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, and the ‘Work of Distinction’ merit award at the ‘Heal’ Exhibition in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast.

She has exhibited her work extensively in Ireland and abroad. Highlights include the highly acclaimed RSMA Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries London, the CultureCRAFT, Derry Londonderry City of Culture Exhibition, The Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA, The Saatchi Gallery London, La Gallerie SEMA, Paris, The European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, European Glass Context Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark and The London Underground with Art Below. In 2009, she was one of 16 artists selected for Pillar of Art at Hof 96 Gallery Berlin and Tokyo and the ‘Is Mise Ireland’ touring exhibition from Shanghai to the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. She received the first Irish Partner Scholarship for Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle USA. She most recently celebrated a sell-out solo exhibition at the Gibson Hotel, Point Village Dublin, Ireland as well as unveiling a new body of sculpture in ‘Adaptations’ at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and will exhibit with the Catherine Hammond Gallery in 2017.

McGarrell Reilly Group
McGarrell Reilly Group is a privately owned property group that has created some of the highest quality developments in Ireland, the UK and Germany. This group prides itself on the quality of their portfolio and constantly strives to add value to each of their projects.

Successfully operating for over 35 years, some of McGarrell Reilly Group’s best-known developments / refurbishments / investments include: Iveagh Court Complex, Dublin 2; The Watermarque Building, Dublin 4; P6 in East Point Business Park; 25-28 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2; CityNorth Business Campus; and Spitalerhof in Hamburg.

Over the past 35 years, McGarrell Reilly Group has successfully worked with top blue chip companies to design and build office properties to suit their specific local requirements while meeting their worldwide standards of excellence. McGarrell Reilly Group are proud to count several leading international companies and institutions as clients: Marsh, Mercer, Pfizer, State Street, Cisco, Airbnb, Betfair, Aon, Office of Public Works (Irish Government), various embassies, Jack & Jones and New Yorker to name but a few.

The Sharp Building
The building is named after George Sharp, RHA, an Irish portrait and figure painter who resided at Hogan Place during the early 19th Century. The surrounding area was rich in heritage and popular amongst architects, sculptors and artists including Irish sculptor John Hogan, whom the street is named after. This new 6 storey, over-basement office space, in the historic heart of Dublin 2, will transform the streetscape of Hogan Place.

Artist Kevin Callaghan announced as the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned Awards Sculptor

July 20th, 2017
Cork artist Kevin Callaghan with Cathy Burke, Head of Internal Communications, daa at Dublin Airport, Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts and Paul O Kane, Chief Communications Officer, daa for the announcement of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned awards sculpture. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts with Donegal artist Kevin Callaghan, Cathy Burke, Head of Internal Communications, and Paul O Kane, Chief Communications Officer, daa for the announcement of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned awards sculpture. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

For the 26th year, the Allianz Business to Arts Awards award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award ‘Dream Roads’ was created by Donegal artist Kevin Callaghan.

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.”

Kevin Callaghan is an Irish born artist based in Cork (1982). He completed his MA at The Royal College of Art in London in 2013, in 2008 finished the ceramic skills and training course with DCCOI and a BA from the Crawford College of Art in 2010. Kevin’s artist residencies include the Experimental Sculpture Factory in Jingdezhen, China and The National Sculpture Factory in Cork. Kevin was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2015. He has exhibited at London Art Fair, The Saatchi Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum among other national and international shows. Kevin teaches workshops at the London Sculpture Workshop and acts as a visiting lecturer.

http://www.kevincallaghan.ie/

To read this years shortlist click here.

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

2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Shortlist announced

July 13th, 2017

‘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 awards@businesstoarts.ie 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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