25 years Celebrating Partnerships


This year we mark our Silver Anniversary – 25 years celebrating world-class relationships across arts and business. We invite you to share the stories of your partnerships.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise and champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships; bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.

Confidence has returned to the marketplace, though isn’t being felt by all. An evolving funding paradigm in the cultural sector spreads across earned income, public funding and private investment. This makes the encouragement and celebration of world-class partnerships even more important than when we began the Awards 25 years ago.

Allianz Business to Arts Awards Shortlist 2016:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Sky Arts/Sky Ireland & Brink Films, Landmark Productions, Wide Open Opera for ‘The Last Hotel’
  • RTÉ & Various Artists/Organisations in association with Ireland 2016 for RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising
  • An Post for GPO Witness History
  • Bank of America, Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin for The Early Irish Manuscripts Project


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

  • Cartoon Saloon & The Butler Gallery
  • JAM Media & Animation Dingle
  • A&L Goodbody & Suas Educational Development
  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy


 Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

  • Matthews Coach Hire & Louth County Council Arts Office
  • Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation
  • TileStyle & NCAD
  • Lynders Mobile Home Park & Fingal County Council’s Arts Office


Best Long Term Partnership

  • Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards
  • ESB Feis Ceoil
  • Arthur Cox & Various Designers
  • Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture


Best Use of Creativity in the Community

  • IT Sligo & Hawk’s Well Theatre
  • Matthews Coach Hire & Louth County Council Arts Office
  • Lynders Mobile Home Park & Fingal County Council’s Arts Office
  • HSE & axis Ballymun


Best Creative Staff Engagement

  • IT Sligo & Hawk’s Well Theatre
  • Deloitte & Various Artists for the Deloitte Art Collection
  • Bank of Ireland ‘Be Our Inspiration’
  • New Ireland Assurance & NCBI Braile & Audio Library


Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • An Post for ‘GPO Witness History 2016 Commissions Programme’
  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy – Women on Walls
  • Trinity College Dublin & Various Artists- Trinity Creative Challenge
  • An Post & Barbara Knezevic – They are of us all


Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

  • ESB / Electric Ireland – for their partnerships with Electric Picnic; Feis Ceoil Association; Science Gallery Dublin; ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, Improvised Music, Ballyfermot College of Further Education
  • An Post – for their partnerships with, Carlow Arts Festival, Stoney Road Press, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Barbara Knezevic, Dublin Dance Festival, GPO Witness History & Philatelic Advisory Committee
  • Accenture – for their partnerships with Dublin Theatre Festival, GAZE Film Festival, Royal Irish Academy, ANU Productions, Accenturephonics, Tempo Music School
  • RTÉ – for their partnerships with RTÉ Supporting the Arts & RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising


Allianz Community Art Prize

  • Helium Arts
  • ReCreate
  • Visual Carlow – Dancehall
  • Children’s Group Link – House of Horrors

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards will take place on Monday, September 19th 2016 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Two further awards, the daa Arts Award and Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary will be presented on the night. Contact to purchase your tickets.

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