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Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017 Winners Announced

Awards 2017

Pictured (l-r) at this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards were Andrew Hetherington, CEO Business to Arts, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, Laura Lynch, Head of Segments, Bank of Ireland, Richie Boucher CEO of Bank of Ireland and the Junk Kouture winner, Mariusz Malon (age 18) from Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

The Dean Dublin, A&L Goodbody, Bank of Ireland, ESB and Dublin Port Company were among the winners in 11 categories at the 26th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards, attracted a record number of nominations with over €6.5m 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 2016/2017.

The 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Best Use of Creativity in the Community
A&L Goodbody & Writer-in-Residence Catherine Ann Cullen

Best Creative Staff Engagement
ESB & Science Gallery Dublin for ‘MAKESHOP Programme’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice
Dublin Port Company & National Concert Hall with Paul Noonan and various musicians for ‘Starboard Home’

Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary
Clare Monnelly

Allianz Community Art Award
ReCreate Ireland

daa €5,000 Arts Award
Smashing Times Theatre Company

Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council & Institute of Art, Design & Technology for ‘Young Women in Film & Television’

Best Long Term Partnership
Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value
Accenture & Royal Irish Academy for ‘Women on Walls’

Best Mid-Size Sponsorship – over €15,000 -€50,000 value
The Dean Dublin & IMMA

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment
Accenture

Leading the congratulations among over 500 business and arts leaders at the theatre was Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD.

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD said:
“This year marked the launch of Creative Ireland, the cross-government initiative putting creativity at the centre of our lives, and at the centre of public policy. It’s an initiative that is every bit as important for business as it is for the arts and artists. It’s great to see the diversity in this year’s shortlist for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards showing how mutually beneficial relationships are possible in all sectors no matter the size. The Awards are a platform to celebrate, communicate and inspire others. The organisation continues to make a very important contribution to both the cultural and commercial sectors, by building new partnerships between businesses and the arts for the benefit of communities across Ireland. I would like to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards, and wish Business to Arts and its partners the very best for the remainder of 2017 and for the foreseeable future.”

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:
“Allianz has always seen these awards as underscoring the crucial importance of the relationships that exist between businesses and arts in Ireland. The arts, and our active participation in them, are a key component of Ireland’s national identity, both at home and abroad. This partnership has mirrored Irish’s recovery and growth in uncertain times where change is a constant. It is through the creativity on display tonight that we see how Ireland will continue to thrive economically, artistically and socially.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said:
“The 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards season celebrates another incredible year of creativity. We are seeing increased regional activity, a wider audience reach and a clear focus on consumer reach and assessment of return in the sponsorship categories. Our winners are collaborating to address social, environmental and workplace issues and it is more relevant than ever to acknowledge the impact creativity and art industry interaction can have on Irish society.”

2017 marks the 26th 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 26th 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 Cork based artist Kevin Callaghan. Kevin created a beautiful ceramic piece called `Dream Roads’, which is a reference to the potential of togetherness in moving forward with creative ideas.

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