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2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards shortlist announced

Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received a record number of entries in its 27th year, showcasing a diverse range of arts from visual art, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, design and music.

The 2018 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. The shortlist shows collaboration between business and arts which takes place through sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives or community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships.

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards saw high levels of entries from expanding sponsorship portfolios, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships, that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

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

“In our special Business to Arts’ 30th anniversary year, we are inspired and motivated by the level of creativity, partnership and commitment those recognised on the shortlist display. Each year our Awards highlight the best examples of creative partnerships between the corporate and creative communities. We look to forward to celebrating these partnerships on September 4th as we mark our significant 30th Anniversary milestone with our partners, members and friends’.

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

“As Business to Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back in pride at our association with the Allianz Business to Arts awards that showcase the best in collaboration between the Irish Artistic and Business communities.  From an Allianz perspective, it has been very fulfilling to be able to help encourage and acknowledge partnerships that have and continue to deliver lasting value for our artists and for business. It has been our privilege to see the hugely positive impact such partnerships have on communities across the country and on our society at large”.

 

The winners of the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 4 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2018 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Aer Lingus & Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland for ‘Irish Filmmaker Competition’
  • Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’
  • Goodbody & IMMA for ‘IMMA 1000’
  • TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

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

  • Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation for ‘Open House Dublin’
  • BNP Paribas & IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’
  • Colourtrend & Sirius Arts Centre for ‘One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project’
  • The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’
  • KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bold Girls’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Best Long Term Partnership

  • A&L Goodbody & Suas
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin for ‘The Early Irish Manuscripts Project’
  • BNP Paribas & Helium Arts
  • U2 & The Ireland Funds with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for ‘Music Generation’, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills & Local Music Education Partnerships
  • TileStyle for ’10 Years of the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary for Artists’

 Best Use of Creativity in the Community

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’
  • Dublin City Council & Dublin’s Culture Connects for ‘The National Neighbourhood’
  • Iarnród Éireann & John Murphy Piano Tuning and Repair

Best Creative Staff Engagement

  • Bank of Ireland ‘Be Our Inspiration’
  • Diageo & Beta Bajgart for ‘Press for Progress: International Women’s Day European Photographic Exhibition’
  • KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bold Girls’
  • William Fry & Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for ‘Incognito’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre & Ani Mollereau for ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch for ‘The Early Irish Manuscripts Project’ at Trinity College Dublin and their support of ‘Music Generation’ via The Ireland Funds
  • Hennessy for ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’, ‘Hennessy Literary Awards’ with New Irish Writing and The Irish Times, and ‘Hennessy Lost Friday’ with Royal Hibernian Academy
  • IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’ with BNP Paribas, ‘IMMA 1000’ with Goodbody, ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’ with Hennessy, ‘New Art at IMMA’ with Matheson, O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer and The Dean
  • RTÉ for ‘RTÉ Supporting the Arts’

Allianz Community Art Award

  • Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail
  • Brokentalkers Theatre Company
  • Martina Galvin
  • The Forget-Me-Nots Choir
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