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2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners Announced

No Repro Fee Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts CEO (left) with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director (right), pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Andrew Hetherington, with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director, pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Hennessy, William Fry, BNP Paribas, Colourtrend, Bank of America were among the winners in 11 categories at the 27th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre tonight.

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards, attracted a high levels of entries, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns. Over €13m spent on arts sponsorships submitted. The Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships and bring businesses and the arts into mutually beneficial relationships across society. The evening was a celebration of the most innovative and creative partnerships in Ireland in 2017/2018.

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

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’

Best Creative Staff Engagement

William Fry & Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for ‘Incognito’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice   

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre & Ani Mollereau for ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture’

Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists   

Aisling O’Mara

Allianz Community Art Award

The Forget-Me-Nots Choir

daa €5,000 Arts Award

Waterford Walls

Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value 

Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’

Best Long Term Partnership

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

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value  

TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

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

BNP Paribas & IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment  

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
Leading the congratulations among over 500 business and arts leaders at the theatre was Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD. 

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

“The Awards play a vital role in benchmarking models of good practice in Ireland, and a platform to showcase ideas. With the central tenets of the Awards being innovation and creativity, they constantly attract the best creative talent in Ireland to create a memorable event that inspires those who attend to engage more with Ireland’s cultural community and industry.”

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“The 30th anniversary of Business to Arts as an organisation this year gives us even more reason to celebrate. As partners of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards for 18 years now, we have seen how this process of arts and business collaboration has enriched us in ways you cannot measure. Ireland has changed beyond recognition. In that time, and even now, the one constant was the arts’ contribution in helping us better understand our cultural identity and how it helps Ireland thrive in challenging times.

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

‘As we celebrate Business to Arts’ 30th Anniversary, we recognise the importance of the Awards to our organisations mission – to enable, develop and support creative partnerships. Celebrating and showcasing best-practice national and regional partnerships that have taken place this past year, encourages businesses in Ireland and abroad to look to the arts and identify ways to address business, social and environmental needs.’

2018 marks the 27th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop and sustain creative partnerships. The awards recognise large, mid-sized, small and long-term sponsorships, staff engagement activities, commissioning, corporate social responsibility programme, community engagement and portfolio-based partnerships.

For the 27th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, the awards sculpture once again has been commissioned by daa. This year’s sculpture was created by Dublin based artist Ed Miliano.  Ed took inspiration for ‘Shine’ from the skyline he passed by in Tokyo on the way from his home to his studio. A sun, imagined as a cut-out circle, rises above the city and sheds light, allowing light and creativity to flow through the city.

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