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2019 Allianz Business to Arts Award shortlist announced

THE 2019 ALLIANZ BUSINESS TO ARTS AWARDS SET SAIL : Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. The awards take place on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and celebrate creative partnerships including sponsorships, commissioning, staff and community engagement between the arts and business across Ireland. The deadline for applications is May 1st. For more detail see businesstoarts.ie Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria McCormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received significant levels of entries in its 28th year, showcasing a diverse range of creative partnerships incorporating architecture, dance, design, film, music, literature, theatre and visual art. This year saw high levels of entries from increased regional activity, community engagement and long-term partnerships that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be presented on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  The awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships. The shortlist shows strong collaboration between business and arts focused on sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships.

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

“Each year our Awards recognise the most outstanding examples of creative partnerships between the corporate and creative communities. On an annual basis we are inspired by the ever-growing levels of creativity, partnership and commitment displayed through our Awards shortlist. As we strive to achieve our organisations mission of enabling and developing best practice creative partnerships, we look forward to celebrating our shortlist and winners on September 3rd with our partners, members and friends’.

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

“Yet again we are delighted and inspired by the scale and diversity of nominations in this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards.  Literature, architecture, design, dance, theatre, film, music and visual art are all represented through both new and long term partnerships between Arts and Business organisations.  Also, greater community involvement and an ever growing regional bias are welcomed as the benefits of    corporate and cultural collaboration are enjoyed across the country.”

For the 28th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award, ‘Symbiotic’ was created by Dublin based artist Emma Bourke who states:

“My research into botanical mythology helps me appreciate how communities have developed. It enables me to construct a sense of place within increasingly international systems of communication and visual information. Symbiotic, refers to the complex relationship between people and plants. Essential to successful ecosystems, a rapport between the two allows both to thrive, similar to that of a creative partnership between arts and business: from seed migration to cultivation to medicinal uses; from local to global contexts. Successful ecologies emerge, with people working together to develop results.”

The winners of the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on September 3rd at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2019 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Dublin Port Company, Bitter Like A Lemon & Abbey Theatre for ‘In Our Veins’
  • Grant Thornton & National Concert Hall for ‘Female Conductor Programme’
  • RCSI & Accenture with various artists for ‘Women on Walls at RCSI’
  • University College Cork & Cork Opera House for ‘Creating Together’

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

  • Arup & Crawford Art Gallery Cork for ‘Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary’
  • BNP Paribas Group Ireland & Helium Arts
  • Cartoon Saloon & Butler Gallery for ‘The Breadwinner Exhibition’
  • Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

  • Coca-Cola Ireland & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Family Hubs Libraries’
  • Farmgate Café & the Munster Literature Centre for the ‘Farmgate Café National Poetry Award’
  • Irish Rail & Fishamble for ‘A Play For Ireland’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children for ‘Creative Connections’

Best Long Term Partnership

  • Avolon & Royal Hibernian Academy for ‘Avolon Global Studio Award’
  • Bord Gáis Energy & Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
  • ESB & the National Gallery of Ireland for ‘ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children for ‘Creative Connections’

 Best Use of Creativity in the Community

  • AIB & Docklands Business Forum for ‘Docklands Volunteer Day’
  • Algorithm & James Earley with various businesses for ‘Perpetua’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
  • Dublin Airport & National College of Art and Design for ‘Creative Journeys’

 Best Creative Staff Engagement

  • A&L Goodbody & Suas for ‘Literacy Support Programme’
  • Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’
  • Deloitte & Maria Quinlan for ‘Photovoice Project’
  • Walkers Ireland & Kate Nolan for ‘Walkers Photographer-in-Residence’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Behaviour and Attitudes & Graphic Studio Dublin for ‘The Works – 30 years of the B&A/Graphic Studio Dublin Commission’
  • Cairn Homes & Eileen MacDonagh for ‘Eyes for You’
  • Dublin Airport & National College of Art and Design for ‘Creative Journeys’
  • McGarrell Reilly Group & Alva Gallagher for ‘Rise’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

  • Avolon for ‘Global Studio Award and Youthreach Art Programme’ at Royal Hibernian Academy and partnerships with Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre
  • Arup for ‘New Now Next’ with Irish Architecture Foundation and ‘Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary’ with Crawford Art Gallery Cork
  • Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Book-gifting’ with KPMG, ‘Bookbag’ with Brown Bag Films, and ‘Family Hubs Libraries’ with Coca-Cola Ireland
  • Dublin Port Company for ‘Starboard Home Documentary’ with Moira Sweeney, Spirit Level Productions and South Paw Pictures, ‘In Our Veins’ with Bitter Like A Lemon & Abbey Theatre and ‘Dublin City Public Art Programme’

 Allianz Community Art Award

  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
  • Cork Film Festival for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
  • Fishamble: The New Play Company for ‘Silent’
  • SUBSET for ‘Grey Area Project’
At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, Tilestyle; Donal O Donavan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre CompanyPicture Conor McCabe

At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, TileStyle; Donal O’Donovan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre Company. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

Members of this year’s Jury Panel were:

  • Rachel Hussey – ‎Head of Business Development, Partner, Arthur Cox (Chair)
  • Antonia McTaggart – Client Partner, Facebook
  • Donal O’Donovan – Business Editor, Irish Independent at Independent News & Media
  • Gerard McNaughton – Retail Director, TileStyle
  • Petal Pilley – Director, Blue Teapot Theatre
  • Robert McEvoy – Head of Market Management, Allianz

For ticket information please contact awards@businesstoarts.ie

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