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Business to Arts Announces Michelle Reid as Arts Programme Manager

November 17th, 2017

Business to Arts Awards 2017 Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Following a public recruitment process, we are very happy to announce that Michelle Reid has been appointed to the position of Arts Programme Manager.

Michelle has been Project Executive at Business to Arts since mid 2017 and has worked across a variety of our projects including Fundit.ie. She will commence her new role on December 18 2017.

Speaking about the appointment, our Chief Executive, Andrew Hetherington said:

Michelle has achieved a great deal in her short time with Business to Arts and in her previous roles. I’m delighted with this promotion. Her combination of conference management, relationship management, technology skills and participation in the arts are important characteristics that enhance our team. Her acceptance of the Arts Programme Manager role marks an exciting new period for our work with artists and arts organisations and we look forward to developing Business to Arts’ Affiliate Programme and Fundit.ie further with her.”

Michelle’s previous experience spans 10 years of professional conference and association management. Having worked in Berlin, Abu Dhabi and Dublin, Michelle has extensive experience in international and domestic events covering sectors such as technology, healthcare and culture. Michelle’s expertise lies in client account management, programme management, as well as event production.

Michelle is a recent graduate of University College Dublin with a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (2017), having previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Politics from Trinity College Dublin (2006). She trained in TV Production, Directing and Presenting at Park Studios and also holds a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute (2016).

To read more about Michelle see her profile on the about us section of our website and on linkedin.

Fundit.ie & Bank of Ireland celebrate 2yrs of partnership with a redesign & three new categories on fundit.ie

November 15th, 2017
Lesley Tully, Head of Design Thinking, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Fund it with Elaine Fallon, founder, Brookwood Pottery at the newly opened Brookwood Pottery studio, a 2017 successful Fundit.ie project raising €16,600. Today marks the second year of Fundit.ie & Bank of Ireland's partnership with the launch of three new categories on fundit.ie Project creators can now submit projects related to enterprise, heritage & environment. See fundit.ie for details. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

Lesley Tully, Head of Design Thinking, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Fund it with Elaine Fallon, founder, Brookwood Pottery at the newly opened Brookwood Pottery studio. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Today, Bank of Ireland & Fundit.ie celebrate their two-year partnership with the announcement of three new project categories. Project creators will now be able to submit projects focused on enterprise, environment and heritage. To date, over 1,400 projects have been pledged to on fundit.ie.

2017 has seen the Fundit.ie team complete the latest phase of technological developments to the site, including site redesign and faster submission and launch processes for creatives and entrepreneurs.

Over the last 6 years, Fund it has firmly established itself as Ireland’s leading reward-based crowdfunding platform. Having attracted pledges from 66 countries, global funders across every county in Ireland have been funded. Over 70,000 people have funded Irish performances, technology, films, events and projects in music, art, fashion, publishing, tech and gaming since the site launched in March 2011.

In 2017, Paschal Cassidy, along with a volunteer committee, ran Fund it’s most successful project to date, successfully raising over €32.5k through 454 pledges to save the Ballyglunin train station, better known as ‘The Quiet Man’ train station from dilapidation. Apart from raising the highest target for a single project, Paschal garnered the support of celebrities such as Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne.

To celebrate the final 2017 ‘Fund-it Wednesday’, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are hosting a special event at the Bank of Ireland Workbench on Grand Canal Square where a number of previous project creators will speak about their crowdfunding experiences including musician Shane Hennessey and Brookwood pottery studio owner Elaine Fallon. This lively discussion session aims to give insight into all you need to know about crowdfunding as an alternative way to unlock funds for a start-up through engaging with your customers, friends or social media followers.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts and Fund it reflects on the partnership:
“2017 has been a fantastic year for Fundit.ie with Bank of Ireland as our partners and we are very happy to announce the launch of three new categories –enterprise, heritage and environment. Mobile optimisation and new technological developments offer our users a further enhanced Fundit.ie experience. Fundit.ie supports Irish projects, both regional and national, and we look forward to welcoming new project creators to our site via our new categories.”

Lesley Tully, Head of Design Thinking, Bank of Ireland said:

“Bank of Ireland is delighted to support Fundit.ie as they expand their reach via three new categories and a highly sophisticated new platform, creating even more opportunities for the creative industries throughout Ireland to engage and develop a new community of contributors, collectors, buyers and supporters. Supporting the startup community is key to the overall strategy at Bank of Ireland and we strive to fully support the increasing number of enterprising people looking to make a change with their ideas. We are delighted to support Fundit.ie and look forward to seeing what new startups engage through the new categories announced today.”

Last Saturday, potter Elaine Fallon of Brookwood Pottery opened the doors of a new pottery studio in North Dublin for the local community. Through a successful campaign on Fundit.ie Elaine raised €16,600 to help finance the refurbishment and purchase of pottery equipment in Santry. Brookwood Pottery opens from Wed – Sat 10 – 6 pm and enquires about classes or parties can be made on www.brookwoodpottery.com

Elaine Fallon, owner of Brookwood Pottery states:
“I have worked for the last 5 years from a home studio in a garage at the end of my garden and space has always been an issue for me. People love our pottery and after commenting on their favourite piece of pottery, the next question is always “Do you do classes?!” Well I’m really happy to say that at last we can. Not only do we now have the space to welcome children and adults to learn traditional pottery making, we also have a gorgeous shop at the front of our unit for our work and a selection of top Irish makers over the Christmas season. None of this would have been possible without the help of Fundit. By reaching out to others and asking for their support we managed to start something really unique. One of the best aspects of the campaign for me was learning how willing others are to help and what goodwill there is out there. It has been a vital help to us to move forward and has been a wonderful, heart-warming experience for me personally.”

Preparing for Brexit: possible transport and customs changes affecting the Irish Cultural Sector by John Ward

November 9th, 2017
John Ward - CEO Maurice Ward
John Ward, CEO Maurice Ward and Co Ltd

As a transport provider and customs broker to the cultural sector, Maurice Ward & Company Limited deal with customs issues in relation to loans, touring exhibitions, permanent import and export of artwork on a regular basis.

The intention of this document is to outline the possible scenarios to consider post Brexit and provide some guidance on possible changes and how to prepare for them. With so many uncertainties about the shape and form of Brexit, this document is taking a worst-case scenario of a hard Brexit. The UK will become a country, fully outside the European and the Customs Union.

This article will discuss three main areas:

  1. Increased responsibility in front of Irish Revenue
  2. Cash flow and binding tariff information (BTI) considerations
  3. Increased administrative and educational cost

Current Situation for Transporting between the UK and Ireland
Our EU membership and the policy direction of Customs Union over the last 20 years has brought us to a situation where trading with the UK and any other member of the EU is very simple and straight forward. It is as easy to deliver a consignment from Dublin to London as Dublin to Cork. This is the result of a long-term EU policy reducing barriers to EU trade, implemented by the EU Customs Union. Life in a trading and delivery sense, has never been better in our ONE EUROPE.

Things are set to get much more difficult…

Post Brexit: Trading with the UK

I outline some areas of interest for principles engaging in trade with a post Brexit UK.

1. Increased Responsibility in front of Revenue Commissioners
Customs and Excise are an operating unit within the Revenue Commissioners. They are responsible for collecting Duties, VAT and other taxes on consignments originating from third countries. Customs are also responsible for monitoring compliance in accuracy of data submitted by importers and exporters on their imports/exports to/from UK. Customs collect primary data on trade between Ireland and Non-EU countries in the form of Value, Weight, Origin, Destination and commodity etc. In a post Brexit era, most export and import consignment will require a formal import or export customs declaration to be submitted to Customs via their Customs Broker. Principles trading with the UK now are obliged to submit accurate information about commodity, value, weight etc. The declaration is in the form of the SAD (Single Administrative Document), a declaration form common in all EU Countries, submitted electronically to Customs usually by a customs broker.

In effect as Exporter of Record (EOR) or Importer of Record (IOR) a principle trading with the UK has a legal responsibility in front of Revenue on their trade with the UK. The Revenue compliance process is currently effected in a post audit situation with the principle usually examined for a defined period of trading. In cases of consistent miss-declaration, under declaration or inaccurate declaration significant financial penalties including possible criminal prosecution may arise.

To be clear, if you are engaged in Importing or Exporting to or from the UK in a post Brexit era it is your responsibility to give clear and accurate data to the Customs Broker/ Freight Forwarder executing the Customs declaration on your behalf.
Key Point: Be aware of your responsibilities in front of Revenue, IOR and EOR.

2. Cash Flow and BTI (Binding Tariff Information) Considerations
Each commodity must be classified by way of a Customs Tariff Code (HS Code). This is a global system of commonly classifying goods for customs purposes. It primarily established the duty / Excise rate applicable on each product. It is important that importers and exporters have their products properly classified in front of Customs to avoid possible costly penalties and fines.

Customs have a classification unit based in Nenagh solely to assist exporters and importers classify their products.

From an Arts perspective, we are fortunate that Original Works of Art (OWA) are currently classified as Zero % Duty. Irish VAT on Import at 13.5% of the CIF Dublin value. However, prints are not classified at OWA. Prints happen to be subject to 13.5% VAT but this rate could be higher in other jurisdictions.

Most commodities imported from the UK will be subject to 23% VAT on Import and possible Duty payments depending on the HS Code. These are payable to Customs prior to release of cargo by Customs.
The same process applies to UK Importers who will now have to pay VAT and Duty to UK Customs on their imports from Ireland, prior to release of their cargo by UK Customs.

Key Point: Know your product (HS Code) and plan for possible increases in cash flow consideration in the form of duty / vat payments to Customs. If you are exporting to the UK the same criteria will apply to your customer.

3. Increased Administrative and Educational cost
An extra immediate cost for traders with the UK is an additional cost of the provision of Export SAD or Import SAD declaration applicable on each consignment payable to your Transport Company or Custom Broker. This will either be shown separately or built into an increased transport price.

Increased awareness and education of your responsibilities and how things work in the supply chain are advisable. Plan your Brexit by working closely with a qualified transport partner who also has a complete understanding of the Customs Process.

Interview with John Crumlish, Galway International Arts Festival for the 2017 Arts, Festival & Music Sponsorship Summary Report

November 1st, 2017

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Briefly describe your activities with your main corporate sponsor. Why do they work for GIAF? How have you developed them?

Our sponsorship offerings are bespoke – we work out the objectives with each sponsor and work out tailored packages to suit their needs. The partnerships have to be win-win and we always try to develop relationships that go beyond the financial to deliver more for both parties. We have been lucky in that sponsors have allowed us avail of their superior marketing skills and intelligence e.g. Ulster Bank have given us access to their web designers, who came in and critiqued the GIAF website and are now watching it to see how it’s functioning and seeing how people are using it.

 

GIAF is considered a strong sponsorship rights-holder, what do you think makes GIAF a leader? Would you ever compare yourself to other arts organisations?

We look at other sectors for comparisons, for example sport and large-scale music. When you look at the research, Rugby is consistently at the top. They do sponsorship so well that they’re almost too congested.

What business objectives are you seeing from your sponsors, and how do you report on the impact the relationship has had on meeting these needs?

Sponsors are looking for solutions to business challenges such as sales, customer retention, customer perception, relationships with businesses and/or the community. For 2-3 months in advance of the festival, we would have a lot of direct contact with key sponsors to insure we are where we should be.  Post-festival we report on our impact usually with a presentation or review document that contains the key metrics that are of interest to our sponsor. This review process usually happens between September and December.

What structure do you have for managing/maximising these relationships internally – do you have a dedicated team/staff member?

Hillary Martin is our Communications and Development Manager, so together we manage the sponsorship relationships. Bringing someone on whose sole role is sponsorship relationship management will be the next stage.

What are the major barriers/obstacles you face with developing your sponsorship portfolio?

To be honest, securing sponsorship is up to us. If we don’t succeed with a proposal, it’s because we weren’t attractive enough or the timing is not right. I think people are listening in the market at the moment and the environment has got much better in the last few years. I do think that the more traditional sponsorship agreement is disappearing. There is more depth in relationships now, which I think will be better for cultural organisations in the longer term.

If you are unsuccessful with a sponsor, if you ‘weren’t attractive enough’, do you change your offer, or do you just see it as not the right fit at the right time?

You would always try to get feedback as to why it didn’t work. But you can just be unlucky and be presenting at the wrong time for a company’s plan. In one case, I was three years too early. The last sponsorship I got in, at the end of the agreement email it said ‘timing is everything’.

You may end up with a partner you never thought you would have or a potential partner you thought would work does not work out at all.

Do you have a minimum lead-in time for any potential new sponsor that you’re approaching?

It depends, but in general I think you need somewhere from a year to two years approx. You need to develop an awareness of the company’s needs and how the company operates. Particularly in very big organisations, you need to figure out what their challenges are and then how the various departments within the company relate to one another. There is a certain amount of time required to developing and refining your proposal and then time for the company to respond to it. There hopefully then follows a series of meetings where ideas are progressed and then finally an agreement gets over the line.

In what ways do you feel more corporate sponsors could be attracted to cultural sponsorship in Ireland?

I think sponsorship for the arts is about case building over time. That’s where I see Business to Arts coming into it. People need to get comfortable with the notion of it. They are very comfortable with sport because most of the people who make the decisions are probably comfortable and interested in sport and know a lot about it.

The other thing to remember is brand. People sponsor brands.

Interview with Aoife Flynn for the 2017 Arts, Festival & Music Sponsorship Summary Report

November 1st, 2017

Business to Arts asked Aoife Flynn, Head of Audiences and Development at IMMA, a few questions to help shine a light on their sponsorship activities

11 Lucian Freud Installation view 1Briefly describe your activities with your main corporate sponsors. Why do they work for IMMA? How have you developed them?

We have four main multi-year sponsors – Goodbody, Matheson, Hennessy and The Dean Dublin. They each work with us in very different ways and each support different elements of the programme. Hennessy support the purchase of new Irish work for the IMMA Collection, Matheson support the production of new work at IMMA, both Irish and International through commissions, workshops and exhibitions; Goodbody support IMMA 1000; which is a fund that supports our work with Irish artists through residencies, acquisitions and commissions, and The Dean Dublin are our hospitality partners giving us a home from home to host artists, curators and other supporters. We also work with Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas as the ‘Freud Circle’ to specifically support the Lucian Freud works at IMMA; a landmark resource of fifty art works for Ireland on loan until 2021, and our major events partners O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer – an excellent independent Irish company who support hospitality at our openings and events.

IMMA is considered a strong sponsorship rights-holder (based on Business to Arts research for the Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Summary Reports), what do you think makes IMMA a leader?

The sponsorships are successful from an arts point of view because all of our partners are genuinely bought into our vision and want to support Irish art and artists. Our sponsors trust that IMMA is making the right decisions, and are not seeking to dictate or input to artistic programming. We won’t compromise artists and their work and our sponsors have a mature understanding of that.

When prospecting for sponsors, we really sought out that quality – looking for partners that aligned with the programme, not aligning the programme to sponsors. They are all forward-thinking companies who really understand the value of contemporary artists to a thriving and mature economy.

When developing an offering, we look at certain things we want to do in the programme, and see what areas might be suitable for a partnership. Based on the opportunity, we determine what kind of company are we looking for – what sector/company might be interested in it. For example, when looking at our youth programme, we need to ask if branding is suitable, and if so, what kind of products/companies are the right fit.

What business objectives are you seeing from your sponsors, and how do you report on the impact the relationship has had on meeting these needs?

Different partners have different needs and different ways of measuring their relationship. For some it is primarily a CSR based relationship, for others an internal branding piece to staff and clients and for others still it’s an external branding piece. We work with each partner to try to establish what success looks like for them and set targets together that make sense for the partnership. This varies from the number of events held at IMMA, to the number of staff engaging with IMMA activities, to press mentions, number of artists supported or number of brand recognition opportunities realised.

What type of reports do you generate – soft/metrics/etc. and how often?

They’re all different, so it’s about finding their priorities to relay back in the report. In the pitching stage, the company is interested in demographics, but once they’re on board that audience info is a given, so they’re less interested in the demographic details.

For retail brands its often press mentions or brand recognition  so press reporting/media monitoring that is key– if the partner has a media /PR company we know that’s a priority. Generally companies have their own media monitoring service and then we produce a visual report of all the times the logo was used. This is particularly useful over multi-annual relationships where branding can be taken for granted as it rolls out. Business to Business companies are often more interested in how their support is relayed to our donors and stakeholders rather than in blanket brand exposure to the entire audience.

There is responsibility on both sides to be clear about what the priorities are. It can seem daunting to do that, for fear of getting it wrong, or being tied into something onerous, but actually if you don’t capture those deliverables straight-on you waste time second-guessing what might be needed, running the risk of focusing on an area that is of interest to you, but not to your partner.

The frequency and scale of reporting can sometimes be determined by what the partnership value really means to them for their budgets.  An amount that makes a huge difference to our budget may only represent a small % of their marketing budget for example. We usually report in detail every year, with a mid-year update and regular (quarterly) reviews.

What structure do you have for managing/maximising these relationships internally – do you have a dedicated team/staff member?

I’m the Head of Audiences and Development, and my department encompasses the Fundraising team and the Communications team. We also work closely with Visitor Engagement and our Programming colleagues, all of whom are vital elements in supporting a successful corporate partnership.  Within the Fundraising team there is a dedicated Corporate Officer who works closely with me to maximise the benefits of corporate relationships for our partners and service those partnerships effectively.

To my mind marketing and development are intrinsically linked, so it makes sense that they sit in the same department. If you don’t have a strong brand, you won’t build strong relationships. If you’re talking about true, long-term partnerships, they’re looking for a clarity of vision and mission, and the brand must be one they want to attach their company to and can derive value from. Having an awareness and understanding of the partner organisation, makes the initial contact much more streamlined.

What are the major barriers/obstacles you face with developing your sponsorship portfolio?

Time and resources. Servicing a successful partnership takes a lot of human resource time and we are a small team. We have a portfolio of significant sponsors, and each relationship takes a lot of resources to maintain.

Do you have a minimum lead-in time for any potential new sponsor that you’re approaching?

No. It very much depends on the scale of the ask.  A significant multi-year partnership takes time and understanding and can take over a year to develop. Smaller partnerships, or those that are focused on support in-kind, can happen much faster – in 3months or so. We are generally led in our timelines by print deadlines or deadlines around recognition opportunities. It also very much depends on the time of year and the budget planning cycle for Corporates.

For those shorter lead-in relationships, how do you make the approach, is it companies you already work with, or do you just look at suppliers for what you need?

Yes, we usually look at organisations that are known to us, or that we have a specific need for, to support with expertise and product/services. Connections might come from the production department – dor example we partnered with a Swift Scaffolding for a really ambitious outdoor project A Fair Land last year, because we needed their expertise as well as their product. It was a great opportunity for their staff to learn and gain new skill and I think they were interested in partnering with us as an opportunity to work in an unusual way; to stretch their own skills.  Those kinds of relationships are often quicker to close because there is part payment, part in-kind products or expertise.

In what ways do you feel more corporate sponsors could be attracted to cultural sponsorship in Ireland?

We can be clearer about our vision and mission as organisations – why we do what we do and how it impacts on the society we live in.  We can segment our offerings better. We can be more empathetic of the corporate day-to-day and what they need. The arts organisation needs to understand speak the corporate language, and vice-versa.

At a societal level, there could be a better understanding of the benefit of corporate relationships.  To be confident in the vision that you have, to look for the right relationships that will work, and to have pride in those partnerships.

The lack of media focus, and mature conversation about the work that’s being done is part of the challenge. Simple things like media dropping a sponsor’s name from a project title if they don’t understand the importance of the relationship can be very damaging,  to the need for more complex discussions about how arts are funded in this country and why companies might find value in those relationships.

 

 

2017 Arts, Festival & Music Sponsorship Summary Report Launch

November 1st, 2017

Cover 2017 Arts Festival and Music Sponsorship - Summary ReportThis is the third Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report produced by Business to Arts and Allianz. With this report, we provide an overview of the data, trends and sentiment captured via the annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards process. The Report adds an additional layer of insight and analysis for sponsors and those seeking sponsorship. It also assists with our advocacy work and objective to develop sponsorship in Ireland.

Of the sponsors surveyed, 95% say that their sponsorship spend will either remain the same or decrease in 2018. The data analysed reflects the subdued business sentiment in Ireland, concerns about Brexit and the impact of a weaker pound on business in Ireland in the coming years.

Among this year’s winning and highly commended entries, there are partnerships that demonstrate excellence in consumer reach and awareness. In this regard, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture provides an excellent case-study. A significant percentage of respondents this year identified Accenture’s ‘Women on Walls’ campaign with the Royal Irish Academy as a ‘best-practice’ partnership in terms of commission-processes, activation campaigns and PR value. Overall awareness of Accenture’s sponsorship of the arts among those surveyed was high. ESB / Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy followed closely.  Among arts, festival and music rights-holders, Galway International Arts Festival, IMMA and Dublin International Film Festival are identified as leading the sponsorship-seeking field.

This year, we welcome the Public Relations Institute of Ireland to provide external observations on this report. Should you need added layers of insight about arts, festival and music sponsorship, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

To read the report click here.

2017 Small Grants scheme recipients announced under the Docklands Arts Fund

October 12th, 2017
Visual artist Martina Galvin, musician Imogen Gunner, writer Catherine Ann Cullen & choreographer Monica Munoz with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts at DanceHouse on Foley Street for the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 Small Grants scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund, a partnership between Business to Arts, Dublin City Council and Docklands local businesses and individuals.

Visual artist Martina Galvin, musician Imogen Gunner, writer Catherine Ann Cullen & choreographer Monica Munoz with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts at DanceHouse on Foley Street for the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 Small Grants scheme.

Today, Business to Arts announce this year’s recipients of the Small Grants scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. Working with Dublin City Council, the objective of the Docklands Arts Fund is to enhance and develop the appreciation of quality art experiences in the Docklands area. Martina Galvin (visual artist), Catherine Ann Cullen (writer) & Imogen Gunner (musician), and Monica Munoz (choreographer) will receive €5000 for each of their projects, which will be based in Dublin’s Docklands over the next year. The Docklands Arts Fund, is a partnership between Business to Arts, Dublin City Council and local businesses and individuals. In 2016/2017, 77 people supported the Docklands Arts Fund through donations of cash and proceeds from the sale of the annual Docklands Arts Fund Print Commission.

The three projects are:
• Martina Galvin is a visual artist, and her project ‘Coastlines, Maps and Melons’ is a visual art engagement with 3 schools in the Docklands Area. The project will include 2 visits to art galleries, 3 classroom workshops for each school, and links the second art gallery visit to National Drawing Day in May 2018.

• Monica Munoz is a choreographer and performer, and her project ‘Princesses can be Pirates’ will be a new and innovative dance piece for children aged 6 – 10, working with primary school children from the Docklands area. The piece will be created in collaboration with Dance Ireland, and will be performed in early 2018.

• Author Catherine Ann Cullen is collaborating with musician Imogen Gunner on ‘Street Songs and Sea Shanties for the 21st Century’, which aims to forge a new tradition of song-making in the Docklands area by giving the children in two primary schools the tools to collect local stories and ideas and to hone them into communally-written songs.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:
The Docklands Arts Fund is building its reputation for quality arts experience with a range of support. Alongside our partners Dublin City Council we are enabling more arts projects in the Docklands area. I am very happy to see the diversity of projects funded by the Small Grants scheme. From collaborations with youth groups to engagement with senior citizens, bringing art further into local communities allows creativity to flourish. With the Docklands constantly expanding, it is important for the local community to be brought on the journey, to feel part of the expansion. Art has the ability to cross boundaries and allows communities to feel included and connected to their local environment.’

To learn more about the Docklands Arts Fund click here.

WALKERS AND BUSINESS TO ARTS ANNOUNCE PHOTOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE UNDER DOCKLANDS ARTS FUND

September 29th, 2017
Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers with Olivia Forde, Lexi Forde, Anna Sheehan and James Ferguson at the launch of the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence. The Photographer-in-Residence programme under t

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers with Olivia Forde, Lexi Forde, Anna Sheehan and James Ferguson at the launch of the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence. 

Business to Arts and financial services law firm, Walkers, have today launched a new Photographer-in-Residence programme under the Docklands Arts Fund which will see a photographer work with children and Walkers staff to develop their creativity and photographic skills.

The Photographer-in-Residence role will include working with pupils at a local school, participating in photography workshops with young people. The residency supports Business to Arts’ wider programme of activity, which promotes the Arts collaboratively with businesses, artists, audiences and communities.

The exciting venture marks the first time that a business in Ireland has engaged a Photographer-in-Residence programme with Business to Arts and Dublin City Council.

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:
“We are thrilled to partner with Walkers on this new project as part of the Docklands Arts Fund. Promoting photography and interaction between artists and audiences allows people to develop and explore their creative skills. It also gives them the opportunity to delve into the world of photography through a structured programme with a Photographer-in-Residence. The residency builds on projects funded across a variety of schools and organisations in the area”

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner at Walkers said:
“As a long term resident in the Docklands area, the Docklands Arts Fund had an instant appeal for Walkers and we are delighted to launch this programme under the Fund with the guidance and support of Business to Arts. The focus of this programme, photography, was chosen for its accessibility and broad appeal – everyone has access to a camera on their smart phones or other device. The aim of this programme over the next 3 years is to bring photography as an art form into the daily routine of those living, working and attending school in the Docklands area. ”

Call for experienced photographers
The first stage of this partnership is to seek and appoint the Photographer-in-Residence. The successful candidate will have a passion for education, enjoy working with children and have a desire to create a new body of work around the Docklands area. Professional photographers can find more information and learn about the application process on the Business to Arts website http://www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/walkers/

The selected Photographer-in-Residence will be announced in January 2018.

PwC & Business to Arts bring Ireland’s leading corporate & cultural CEO’s together to discuss the Power of Data & Digital led strategies

September 26th, 2017
‘Ahead of Business to Arts’ annual CEO Forum in association with PwC on May 29th, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive Business to Arts; Feargal O Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC; Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery Ireland & Katie Molony, Chief Executive, Maximum Media experience Maser’s interactive artwork inspired by Vermeer at the National Gallery’. Picture Jason Clarke

Ahead of Business to Arts’ annual CEO Forum in association with PwC on May 29th, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive Business to Arts; Feargal O Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC; Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery Ireland & Katie Molony, Chief Executive, Maximum Media experience Maser’s interactive artwork inspired by Vermeer at the National Gallery. Picture Jason Clarke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday September 29th, PwC will once again host Business to Arts’ annual CEO Forum. The Forum is a group of over 100 CEO’s from across business and the arts in Ireland who come together each year to discuss new technologies and strategies and share insights from the cultural industries and the wider business sector.

The 2017 CEO Forum ‘Seizing opportunities from digital’ will take place on Friday, September 29th and will look at how corporate and cultural institutions use data and digital strategies to grow their businesses, enhance customer experiences and engage differently with respective audiences, users and customers. The panel will examine how digital and technological transformations impact the consumer experience. Participants will look at how this approach applies to business, and how a business can further its engagement with the consumer.

Confidence is high amongst Ireland’s arts & business community. Although high levels of digital investment are planned, there is room for improvement in understanding the opportunities presented from digital and upskilling in digital analytics needed.

This is according to a new joint PwC/Business to Arts Poll carried out amongst the Business to Arts community aiming to establish a benchmark on investment in digital technologies and the digital opportunities and challenges for this important sector in Ireland.

The Poll reveals:

  • Just one in two (54%) Business & Arts executives with responsibility for the digital strategy highly understand the opportunities presented by the world of digital. This is in line with all Ireland business and technology leaders across all sectors as confirmed in PwC’s 2017 Digital IQ Survey where just half (52%) rate their Digital IQ score as strong, a key measure of the understanding of the value of digital technology.
  • Improving customer experience (42%) is the single key opportunity as a result of enhancing digital offerings. Other opportunities cited by Business & Arts executives are increasing sales (27%) and increasing customer insight (18%). Growing revenues (88%) is the top opportunity for digital investment as seen by Ireland’s business and technology leaders followed by increasing profits (58%) and better customer experiences (42%).
  •  An overwhelming majority (85%) of Business & Arts executives plan to increase investment in digital technologies to enhance their customer/audience experience in the year ahead. Key areas for investment are social media (88%); website/digital content (88%), customer data analytics (58%) and online/e-commerce (48%); According to Ireland’s business and technology leaders, a step-up in investment is needed in key emerging technologies such as the internet of things and artificial intelligence in order to keep pace with global levels;

Speaking about the survey findings, David Lee, PwC’s Technology Partner, said:

“The Poll highlights a great deal of confidence in the future growth prospects of Irish Arts organisations. Leveraging digital technologies provides great growth opportunities for this sector, particularly to further engage with customers. While an overwhelming majority of Business & Arts executives confirm they are planning to increase their investment in digital technologies, many admit that they are not currently getting value from their digital spend. The survey also suggests that there is more work to be done by Arts executives to fully understand the value presented by digital with a step-up in digital & analytics capabilities needed. These trends are broadly similar when compared to business organisations across all sectors in Ireland as highlighted in PwC’s recent Digital IQ Survey. This Poll suggests that many Irish Arts organisations could really benefit from fully embedding digital technologies into how consumers enjoy the arts. There is also a big opportunity from seeking greater insights from the data that they are capturing from their patrons to drive improved consumer engagement.”

Chief Executive of Business to Arts, Andrew Hetherington states:

“From contactless payment stations to centralised data sources to VR educational experiences, it is clear that new ways of analysing data and harnessing new technologies will have a considerable impact on the Irish arts and heritage sector over the coming years. With this year’s Business to Arts CEO Forum we join forces with PwC once again to share technology insights and keep pace with relevant digital and data transformations in the banking, media and arts sectors.”

TileStyle is the New Associate Partner of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

September 24th, 2017
Launching the new partnership in TileStyle were (from left): Anne Clarke, and Aaron Monaghan, both former ITITA winners; Ruth McCarthy, Marketing Manager at TileStyle; Laurence Mackin, Arts Editor of The Irish Times and Gerard McNaughton, Retail Director of TileStyle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Launching the new partnership in TileStyle were (from left): Anne Clarke, and Aaron Monaghan, both former ITITA winners; Ruth McCarthy, Marketing Manager at TileStyle; Laurence Mackin, Arts Editor of The Irish Times and Gerard McNaughton, Retail Director of TileStyle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

We are very happy to support two of our corporate members on a new three-year sponsorship agreement. This week the Irish Times announced that TileStyle have become Associate Partners for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The partnership will allow the celebration of Irish theatre artists through the annual Awards, which have been run by The Irish Times for over 20 years.

“Design, innovation and creativity are core to TileStyle’s ethos and we align ourselves and our brand with others who share those values,” said Gerard McNaughton, the Retail Director of TileStyle.

“The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards celebrate those very things, talk about them and allow us to take a little time to reflect on them.

Theatre in Ireland is constantly reinventing itself, challenging itself and developing and growing. And through it we encounter a boundless energy in many forms that we at TileStyle love.  The Awards allow us to recognise the very best in theatre each year and TileStyle very much look forward to engaging with this new partnership and the mutual benefit it will bring both organisations.”

Laurence Mackin, the Arts Editor of The Irish Times was delighted to announce TileStyle as the Associate Partner for the next three years of The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. “TileStyle has a fine history of supporting the arts in Ireland,” he said. “Too often we say that private organisations need to do more to support culture, and this is a terrific example of that. The Theatre Awards are only able to happen each year because of collaborations, enthusiasm and help from the world of theatre. The support of a company such as TileStyle throughout the year-long process is a huge boost for us, and for the arts.”

THE IRISH TIMES IRISH THEATRE AWARDS

The winners and nominees of the past twenty years add up to a Who’s Who of the Irish theatre scene and many of those who were recognized when they were up-and-coming have gone on to international acclaim, including Ruth Negga, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Cillian Murphy, Conleth Hill, Fiona Shaw and Charlie Murphy.

 

Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017 Winners Announced

September 5th, 2017

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.

Membership Spotlight: Maurice Ward Group

August 22nd, 2017

Maurice Ward and Co Ltd is a long established (1968) organization engaged in International Transport and Logistics. In 2008 the Directors, due to their involvement and interest in the Contemporary Visual Arts decided to bolt on a specialist unit engaged in Fine Art Handling and Transport to the larger Maurice Ward international transport company.

Maurice Ward Art Handling

This Art Handling Unit is headed up by Mary Loughlin, a Director of Maurice Ward. Our primary base of operations is from a modern office /warehouse unit located in Swords, County Dublin. Our location in Shannon serves the West and Mid-West.

Mary’s primary business driver was to deliver Tier 1 class standards in packing, handling and transport of Art and to bring our product offering to a standard acceptable at the major Art Hubs in London, New York and to fully respect the art. Maurice Ward has built a great team of Drivers, Technicians, Shipping Coordinators, Customs Experts and International Transport Experts which deliver a wide range of services to Artists, Collectors, Galleries, Corporates, Auction Houses, Heritage Organisations and Museums.

Product Offering: Transport National and International, Packing and Crating, Art Installation, Customs Clearance, Insurance, Storage, Consulting, Project Management and a Specialist Premium Install Service of highly experienced art technicians to install and manage art collections.

Accreditations include: ISO Certification, IATA Membership, National and International Haulage Licence, IAA Security Approval, Customs On Line link up, and ICEFAT membership, Correct Insurance Liability, Transit, Employee and Public.

Equipment: Modern Fleet ( Mercedes Benz) of GPS Tracked Vehicles with Climate Control, Tail Lifts, Full Art Spec fit-out, ranging from Heavy Goods Vehicles to Sprinter Van type. Fully equipped and secure to transport Art.
Maurice Ward Art Handling and Transport accreditations and equipment reflect our commitment to delivering a wide ranging world class product offering.

Maurice Ward - Art Handling (offering)

Alva Gallagher announced as commissioned artist for McGarrell Reilly Group ‘The Sharp Building’ Commission

July 27th, 2017
The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

The McGarrell Reilly Group and Business to Arts are very happy to announce that artist Alva Gallagher has been commissioned to create a new piece of sculpture named ‘Rise’. The decision was made following the Open Call to Irish and international artists to submit concepts for ‘The Sharp Building Commission’.

The brief to artists was to create an original and innovative sculptural installation in response to unique environment, architecture, historic and cultural references associated with the new building and its location off Hogan Place in Dublin’s core city centre. ‘Rise’ is a double-height glass sculpture that will be unveiled in early 2018. It will be visible from both the interior and exterior of The Sharp Building and will be seen by office staff, local viewers and commuters.

Award- winning Irish sculptor, Alva Gallagher, is a visual artist whose work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. She is passionate about the sea and mirrors its ferocity and serenity through the manipulation of her chosen mediums (glass and bronze) from their molten to solid states to explore concepts of depth and rhythm. Alva has exhibited extensively. Recent highlights include the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London; The Traver Gallery Seattle, USA; and The Saatchi Gallery, London. Her work appears in State, National and International Collections, including The OPW, The National Museum of Ireland, BMW and in the iconic ‘Gherkin’ building in London.

Alva Gallagher lives and works in Carlingford, Co. Louth says:
“I am so honoured to be the selected for The Sharp Building Commission and to have my work interwoven into this stunning new landmark building in Dublin’s urban landscape. I’ve already started working with The Sharp Building team on the sculpture and can’t wait to see my piece ‘Rise’ ascend within the double-height reception area of the building. It will be a modern sculptural portrait and represent the evolving future of Dublin City.”

McGarrell Reilly Group states:
“McGarrell Reilly is a long-term supporter of the arts and is delighted to now commission a new work of art for The Sharp Building. Alva is a world-class artist, based in Carlingford, Louth, who will bring a beautiful glass art piece to the impressive double height reception of The Sharp Building. We anticipate that this exceptional art piece will be appreciated by future tenants, local residents and all who pass the building. ”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:
“With this special new sculpture commission, McGarrell Reilly Group are continuing the tradition of incorporating and bequeathing an artwork into a new building during its construction phase. Alva’s proposal ‘Rise’ is beautiful and imaginative. Her proposal was highly detailed in its artistic and technical specification. The time and effort that Alva took to understand the brief and The Sharp Building in which the artwork would live, resulted in a strong consensus among the panel of assessors.”

Alva Gallagher
Alva Gallagher is an established artist who has won numerous awards for her work including The Jim McNaughton/ TileStyle Bursary Award with the Beacon Medical Group at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, and the ‘Work of Distinction’ merit award at the ‘Heal’ Exhibition in The Naughton Gallery, Belfast.

She has exhibited her work extensively in Ireland and abroad. Highlights include the highly acclaimed RSMA Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries London, the CultureCRAFT, Derry Londonderry City of Culture Exhibition, The Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA, The Saatchi Gallery London, La Gallerie SEMA, Paris, The European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, European Glass Context Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark and The London Underground with Art Below. In 2009, she was one of 16 artists selected for Pillar of Art at Hof 96 Gallery Berlin and Tokyo and the ‘Is Mise Ireland’ touring exhibition from Shanghai to the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. She received the first Irish Partner Scholarship for Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle USA. She most recently celebrated a sell-out solo exhibition at the Gibson Hotel, Point Village Dublin, Ireland as well as unveiling a new body of sculpture in ‘Adaptations’ at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and will exhibit with the Catherine Hammond Gallery in 2017.

McGarrell Reilly Group
McGarrell Reilly Group is a privately owned property group that has created some of the highest quality developments in Ireland, the UK and Germany. This group prides itself on the quality of their portfolio and constantly strives to add value to each of their projects.

Successfully operating for over 35 years, some of McGarrell Reilly Group’s best-known developments / refurbishments / investments include: Iveagh Court Complex, Dublin 2; The Watermarque Building, Dublin 4; P6 in East Point Business Park; 25-28 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2; CityNorth Business Campus; and Spitalerhof in Hamburg.

Over the past 35 years, McGarrell Reilly Group has successfully worked with top blue chip companies to design and build office properties to suit their specific local requirements while meeting their worldwide standards of excellence. McGarrell Reilly Group are proud to count several leading international companies and institutions as clients: Marsh, Mercer, Pfizer, State Street, Cisco, Airbnb, Betfair, Aon, Office of Public Works (Irish Government), various embassies, Jack & Jones and New Yorker to name but a few.

The Sharp Building
The building is named after George Sharp, RHA, an Irish portrait and figure painter who resided at Hogan Place during the early 19th Century. The surrounding area was rich in heritage and popular amongst architects, sculptors and artists including Irish sculptor John Hogan, whom the street is named after. This new 6 storey, over-basement office space, in the historic heart of Dublin 2, will transform the streetscape of Hogan Place.

Artist Kevin Callaghan announced as the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned Awards Sculptor

July 20th, 2017
Cork artist Kevin Callaghan with Cathy Burke, Head of Internal Communications, daa at Dublin Airport, Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts and Paul O Kane, Chief Communications Officer, daa for the announcement of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned awards sculpture. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts with Donegal artist Kevin Callaghan, Cathy Burke, Head of Internal Communications, and Paul O Kane, Chief Communications Officer, daa for the announcement of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards commissioned awards sculpture. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

For the 26th year, the Allianz Business to Arts Awards award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award ‘Dream Roads’ was created by Donegal artist Kevin Callaghan.

The departure point of “Dream Roads” foresees creativity and business as well as creativity through business. This solid standing closed structure wants to address the potential of togetherness in moving forward with creative ideas. The upper part of the award shows building blocks or stepping stones that question the origins of opportunities and symbolize partnership. “Dream Roads” is based on the triangle that begins and arrives, working in collaboration.”

Kevin Callaghan is an Irish born artist based in Cork (1982). He completed his MA at The Royal College of Art in London in 2013, in 2008 finished the ceramic skills and training course with DCCOI and a BA from the Crawford College of Art in 2010. Kevin’s artist residencies include the Experimental Sculpture Factory in Jingdezhen, China and The National Sculpture Factory in Cork. Kevin was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2015. He has exhibited at London Art Fair, The Saatchi Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum among other national and international shows. Kevin teaches workshops at the London Sculpture Workshop and acts as a visiting lecturer.

http://www.kevincallaghan.ie/

To read this years shortlist click here.

The winners of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 4 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Please contact awards@businesstoarts.ie if wish to attend the awards ceremony.

2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Shortlist announced

July 13th, 2017

‘Dream Roads’ by Cork artist Kevin Callaghan. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

This years Allianz Business to Arts Awards saw high levels of entries, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships, that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

The 2017 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, bringing art into the workplace to build relationships that benefit communities across Ireland. The collaboration between business and arts can take place through sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives or community engagement.

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

“We are inspired by the creativity, innovation and cost effectiveness demonstrated by the various entries this year. Ahead of Business to Arts’ 30th Anniversary in 2018, these partnerships help to drive us in our mission; to enable and support creative and business minds to collaborate and make unexpected things happen. In the 26th year of the Awards, we have received the highest number of entries to date, displaying the best examples of creative partnerships between corporates and creative communities.

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

“We are really proud of our longstanding association with the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which continue to showcase the best in collaboration between the Irish Artistic and Business communities.  From an Allianz perspective, it is very fulfilling to be in a position to encourage and acknowledge partnerships that deliver lasting value for our artists and for business, but to also see the hugely positive impact such partnerships have on communities across the country and on our society at large”.

For the 26th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award, ‘Dream Roads’ was created by Cork artist Kevin Callaghan who states:

The departure point of “Dream Roads” foresees creativity and business as well as creativity through business. This solid standing closed structure wants to address the potential of togetherness in moving forward with creative ideas. The upper part of the award shows building blocks or stepping stones that question the origins of opportunities and symbolize partnership. “Dream Roads” is based on the triangle that begins and arrives, working in collaboration.”

The winners of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 4 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Please contact awards@businesstoarts.ie if wish to attend the awards ceremony.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy for ‘Women on Walls’
  • Brothers of Charity Services Galway & Blue Teapot Theatre Company
  • Dublin Port Company & National Concert Hall for ‘Starboard Home’
  • Environmental Protection Agency & ReCreate for ‘The Creative Reuse Revolution’

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

  • Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation
  • Central Bank of Ireland & Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for ‘Creative Generations 2017’
  • The Dean Dublin & IMMA
  • Marine Institute & TULCA for ‘TULCA OFFshore‘

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under 

  • Brown Bag Films & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bookbag’
  • Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council & Institute of Art, Design & Technology for ‘Young Women in Film & Television’
  • LloydsPharmacy Ireland & Helium Arts for ‘Teddy Bear Check-Up’
  • Samaritans & Smashing Times Theatre Company for ‘Acting for the Future’

Best Long Term Partnership

  • Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture
  • Behaviour & Attitudes & Graphic Studio Dublin
  • Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards
  • ESB & Science Gallery Dublin for ‘MAKESHOP Programme’ 

Best Use of Creativity in the Community 

  • A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence Programme with Catherine Ann Cullen
  • innocent & Age Action for ‘The innocent Big Knit’
  • Samaritans & Smashing Times Theatre Company for ‘Acting for the Future’
  • Savills Ireland & Andrew Christopher Dunne, 4th Port Ringsend Sea Scouts Community Garden and the East Wall Mens’ Sheds Community Garden for ‘The Savills Garden – Face to Face’

Best Creative Staff Engagement 

  • AIB Ardkeen Waterford & Waterford Healing Arts Trust for ‘Healing Sounds in the Foyer’
  • ESB & Science Gallery Dublin for ‘MAKESHOP Programme’
  • LloydsPharmacy Ireland & Helium Arts for ‘Teddy Bear Check-Up’
  • Publicis Dublin & Fishamble: The New Play Company

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Accenture & Royal Irish Academy with Vera Klute, Blaise Smith and El Zorrero Films for ‘Women on Walls’
  • Arthur Cox & Clancourt Group with Caoimhe Kilfeather for ‘Wave’ & ‘Lean’
  • Dublin Port Company & National Concert Hall with Paul Noonan and various musicians for ‘Starboard Home’
  • Fingal County Council Arts Office with Garrett Phelan for ‘The Hide Sculpture’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment 

  • Accenture for ‘Accent on Arts’, GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin and ‘Women on Walls’ with the Royal Irish Academy, Vera Klute, Blaise Smith and El Zorerro Films
  • IMMA for ‘New Art at IMMA’ sponsored by Matheson and ‘The Dean Hotel Partnership’
  • National Concert Hall for ‘Composing the Island’ sponsored by Bord Na Móna and RTÉ, and ‘Starboard Home’ commissioned and sponsored by Dublin Port Company
  • TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

Allianz €5,000 Community Art Award 

  • Damn Fine Minds
  • Past Times Community Choir
  • ReCreate Ireland
  • The Rising Tide – Drama Music Pillar

James Hanley, RHA Appointed To The Board Of Business To Arts

June 12th, 2017

James Hanley studio pic crop

We are very happy to announce the appointment of James Hanley RHA, to the Board of Business to Arts. James Hanley is a Dublin-based painter. An established portrait artist, painting many official and state portraits, he is represented in significant public, corporate and private collections in Ireland and abroad.

Born in 1965, he graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 with a degree in History of Art and English, and from the National College of Art & Design in 1991 with a BA in Fine Art Painting. He works in a representational style, in both painting and drawing. He has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad, and has had 11 solo exhibitions.

James is a full Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, was elected to Aosdána in 2008 and elected to the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland in 2009, where he served 2 terms on the Board. James was Secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy for 7 years and is currently Keeper of the RHA.

He lives and works in Dublin, from a small studio in the city centre and a studio at home on the North Strand.

‘STORIES FROM OUR CITY’ EVENT CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OF THE A&L GOODBODY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME UNDER THE DOCKLANDS ARTS FUND

May 31st, 2017
A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen and Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody celebrate 1 yr with St. Josephs National School in East Wall showcasing co-created work by 3rd class pupils Kayleigh Kelly, Lexie Carabini and Khizer Inan under the Docklands Arts Fund. The event is part of Dublin’s International Literature Festival ‘Stories from our city’ series. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen and Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody celebrate 1 yr with St. Josephs National School in East Wall showcasing co-created work by 3rd class pupils Kayleigh Kelly, Lexie Carabini and Khizer Inan under the Docklands Arts Fund. The event is part of Dublin’s International Literature Festival ‘Stories from our city’ series. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

On Monday May 29th, A&L Goodbody & Business to Arts hosted a Writer in Residence event as part of the ‘Stories from our City’ series at Dublin’s International Literature Festival, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Pupils, teachers, family members and A&L Goodbody employees were in attendance to celebrate one year of partnership with the A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen under the Docklands Arts Fund at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Music and songs composed by the children were performed by the children with Catherine Ann and musician Imogen Gunner.

Catherine Ann Cullen has worked with children at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall to develop their creativity and literacy skills. The Writer-in-Residence role has seen Catherine working with pupils, participating in creative writing workshops, encouraging the children to write about their area, their everyday life and their dreams.

Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

St. Josephs National School in East Wall showcasing co-created work by 3rd class pupils Kayleigh Kelly, Lexie Carabini and Khizer Inan under the Docklands Arts Fund. Photo: Conor McCabe

The venture marks the first time that a business in Ireland has engaged a Writer-in-Residence programme with Business to Arts and Dublin City Council.

St. Joseph’s pupils have produced several unique outputs from the residence. Catherine Ann is focused on connecting the creativity of the pupils with their local East Wall community as well as the wider environment. Some of the outputs to date are the East Wall Alphabet, six songs written together with Catherine Ann, include the ‘East Wall Lullaby’ and ‘East Wall Bridges’ and the ‘Homework Poemwork’ project.

Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody states:

“A&L Goodbody is committed to helping raise literacy levels among children in the Docklands area of Dublin. Over the last four years we have worked with education charity Suas in a programme that includes our people volunteering for a paired reading literacy support programme with 8-14 year olds.  To date, 180 of our employees have participated in this programme.  We are delighted to work with Catherine Ann on this innovative and unique initiative which further enhances our support of literacy in the local community where we work.”

Commenting on the first anniversary Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

Catherine Ann Cullen’s residence with St. Joseph’s National School supported by A&L Goodbody is an important and exciting community project as part of the Docklands Arts Fund. Catherine’s work with the children has resulted in the creation of a new, co-created body of work, which has fostered the children’s imagination, and a love of reading in her students. We look forward to watching the residency develop and evolve in coming years.”

Catherine Ann Cullen, Writer in Residence & Author states:

‘The residency was a very enriching experience and the children’s, enthusiasm and creativity inspired me as I hope I inspired them in return. I was delighted and grateful to have a residency to support my writing work.’ 

If you are a business, organisation or individual based in Dublin’s Docklands and would like to support later phases of the project, please get in touch.

 

Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants Scheme 2017 – Open Call for Projects

May 16th, 2017

Dusk looking West up Liffey

We are very happy to announce that Business to Arts are seeking applications for the Docklands Arts Fund  Small Grants Scheme 2017 from artists and not-for-profit, charitable & voluntary arts organisations. The objective of the grant round is to contribute funds to a range of artists and arts organisations working in the Dublin Docklands Area.

Approximately 3 grants of a maximum of €5,000 each will be given to projects by September 2017. The Open Call for Projects is live until Thursday, 29th June 2017 at 5pm.

We support activities that enhance the practice, appreciation and development of quality arts experiences in the Dublin Docklands Area. These include:

  • New/innovative art commissions/projects
  • Projects that are delivered by OR involve professional artists
  • Projects that involve partnerships with other cultural providers (show evidence)
  • Projects that widen access to participation to arts activities and arts education for underrepresented groups, such as persons from low-income background, those with disabilities, older people etc.
  • Projects that provide opportunities to engage in safe and productive out-of-school arts activities for young people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Projects that promote arts/cultural awareness and understanding and develop new audiences
  • Once-off arts events (performances/productions, festivals) that will occur in the Docklands Area
  • Projects that will take place between September 2017 and June 2018.

For full details click here.

For any queries on the application process, please contact eileen@businesstoarts.ie

The Docklands Arts Fund was established in 2015 to create Ireland’s first Arts Fund supported by companies, organisations and individuals located in the Docklands Area. It is a collaboration initiated by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council. Together with corporate and organisational partners, we plan to enhance the practice, appreciation and development of quality arts experiences in the Dublin Docklands Area.

#DrawMeDocklands mural unveiled on Custom House Quay

May 3rd, 2017

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr unveiled the 120 foot long ‘Draw Me Docklands’ mural by the award winning artist and illustrator Chris Judge on Dublin City Council’s Docklands Office, Custom House Quay on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017.

Chris Judge’s brilliant tribute to Dubliners in Dublin’s Docklands includes 60 unique life-size portraits of people who took part in the #DrawMeDocklands Social Media campaign which was run by Dublin City Council and Business to Arts in autumn 2016. During the campaign people were encouraged to submit selfies using the hashtag #DrawMeDocklands. People sent images of themselves or their friends, which has now evolved into artwork containing 60 characters, spanning 120 feet.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin said “I am delighted to be here today to unveil the beautiful piece of artwork by Chris Judge. This new art installation on the Dublin Docklands Office will enhance the Custom House Quay area of the Docklands and I would like to congratulate all involved including Dublin City Council and Business to Arts who collaborated on this exciting arts project.”

Chris Judge Said “I was delighted to be one of a number of artists asked to pitch on this unique project and was then thrilled to win it. It is such a wonderful opportunity to create something special for this part of the Docklands so it was a huge honour that the teams in Business to Arts and Dublin Docklands chose me as I was aware my idea was a little ambitious. 

I wanted to make something that included the people who live and work in the area. It was fantastic using the hashtag #DrawMeDocklands across all social media channels to get people involved, sending photos of themselves or friends for me to use as reference. It was such a joy to illustrate such a diverse collection of people from around the globe that now inhabit our amazing city. Hooray for the Docklands Arts Fund, I look forward to seeing what future projects emerge from it around the area.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said “Chris’s creativity has shone through and each individual portrayed celebrates the diversity of the community in Dublin’s Docklands. The Docklands Arts Fund aims to enhance and develop quality art experiences in the Docklands and we look forward to continuing to build our relationships with various stakeholders, businesses, local communities and organisations.”

#DrawMeDocklands is a Dublin City Council funded project in collaboration with Business to Arts and the Docklands Arts Fund project. If you are a business, organisation or individual based in Dublin’s Docklands and would like to support the Docklands Arts Fund, please get in touch.

 

Robert McEvoy, Head of Market Management, Allianz Ireland appointed to the Board of Business to Arts

April 6th, 2017

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We are very happy to announce the appointment of Robert McEvoy, Head of Market Management in Allianz Ireland to the Board of Business to Arts. Allianz Ireland is one of Ireland’s largest non-life insurance providers serving customers across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is responsible for the development and delivery of customer-centric strategy in Allianz, with particular emphasis on the areas of customer experience and engagement, digital distribution, customer insights, marketing analytics, digital transformation, as well as brand management, sponsorship, and advertising.

Prior to assuming this role, Robert led Allianz’ Direct business division for seven years, where he has successfully developed Direct to become a significant and strategically important part of Allianz’ business in Ireland. He has played a leading role in moving Allianz forward in the areas of Digital Distribution, Customer Experience, Content and Mobile Marketing, Advertising, Direct Sales and Operations management.

Before joining Allianz, Robert held a range of roles in AIB, working in both the bank’s Resources and General Insurance division as well as AIB’s CRM Strategy and Support unit.

Robert holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in UCD, a BSc. in Marketing and Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, and is also a Qualified Financial Advisor.

Allianz Ireland are long-term sponsors of the arts in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and are title sponsors of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards.

Artists announced for Port Perspectives commission

March 15th, 2017
Port Perspectives Commissioned artists. Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.

Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.

Business to Arts and Dublin Port Company today announced the artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks in response to Dublin Port and its relationship with the City.

New works by Sheelagh Broderick, Silvia Loeffler and AEMI & Cliona Harmey will be unveiled at sites and on structures within Dublin Port over the coming months. This is the latest development from Port Perspectives, Dublin Port’s arts commissioning series for 2017, aimed at strengthening the bond between Dublin Port and the City and bringing Dublin Port to new audiences through the arts.

First is Sheelagh Broderick’s ‘Great Wall Walks’, which looks to create a link between Dublin Port Workers and Dublin Port Walkers, i.e. between those who work at the Port and those who use its environs for recreational purposes. Based at the new Seafarers’ Centre on Alexandra Road, international seafarers arriving at Dublin Port will be invited to collaborate with Sheelagh on creating a series of audio guides to their home towns and cities. The audio will be available to download and highlighted to walkers on the Great South Wall, encouraging local walkers to connect with the world of the international port worker. Launching on May 1st, Sheelagh’s project brings an inclusive and international dimension to the series, celebrating multi-culturalism and social diversity at the heart of port life. An accompanying event will follow on International Seafarers’ Day (June 25th). 

Meanwhile, the work of Silvia Loeffler will unfold in a number of phases during the summer. Silvia Loeffler’s ‘Transit Gateway: A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port’ will document the transitional changes in the shape of Dublin Port, from its medieval shoreline to modern day configuration. In collaboration with partners and the local community, Silvia will work for the next nine months on artistic cartography to show the changing connections of the city and how the port has acted as a gateway, creating a vital connection for the city with the wider world. Her work will go on display in the Terminal 1 building at Dublin Port, and a seminar will be held each month to mirror the nine phases of the mapping process. The seminars will take place in the last week of each month at the LAB Gallery on Foley Street, Dublin 2 and places can be booked online through Eventbrite.

In September, audiences can look forward to AEMI & Cliona Harmey’s ‘port | river| city’. This project will research and co-curate a season of artist, experimental, and archive moving-image artworks that interrogate and reflect on ports and their environs. Their collaborative project comprises a series of cinematic screenings as well as site-specific installations across a number of strategically chosen locations in the city. With the use of a mobile field cinema, audiences can expect screenings from early September for a three-week period.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said:

“We were overwhelmed by the response and calibre of projects submitted following our open call last September. Dublin Port is delighted to commission original new works from three exceptionally talented artists, whose projects bring the history, social fabric and industrial setting of Dublin Port to life in new ways – not just for those who work at Dublin Port, but for all who visit and especially for those who have yet to venture this far. We look forward to seeing the artists’ works evolve over the summer, and to deepening the dialogue about Dublin as a Port City.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts said:

“With these three new artworks, Dublin Port’s considerable role developing Dublin will be reinterpreted and presented through arts, film and sound. They will provide a new layer of context to the complex themes of movement, migration, global links and local industry and how people relate to Ports today. The three projects were exceptionally well researched and reflect many years of artistic practice by those selected.”

2017 Allianz Business for Arts Awards Call for Nominations now live

March 14th, 2017
Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland, Helene Hugel, Artistic Director, Helium Arts & Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the launch of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards. Picture by Shane O'Neill Photography

Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz Ireland, Helene Hugel, Artistic Director, Helium Arts & Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the launch of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards. Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography

Today marks the launch of the 2017 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Call for Nominations. Both Allianz and Business to Arts are highlighting the unique opportunities that business engagement with the arts provides and are encouraging businesses and arts partners across Ireland to share their creative partnership stories.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and Allianz’s 17th anniversary of involvement and sponsorship of the awards. The success of the Awards has developed considerably over recent years and with economic growth set to continue, there is even greater opportunity for further partnership between business and the arts.

A new online application system has been devised to accommodate the ever increasing entries received.

Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“We are always honored to be associated with the Business to Arts Awards. We believe that both businesses and the arts community benefit tremendously from collaborating and working together. The partnership inspires creativity, promotes understanding and enhances the presence of businesses in the wider communities that they serve.

With the economy continuing to grow strongly we believe there is enhanced scope for businesses across Ireland to really engage with the arts community and to build on the strong legacy that has been created by Business to Arts over the years.’’

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“The Allianz Business to Arts Awards identify and celebrate best practice creative partnerships between business and the arts. It is fantastic to witness the increasing creativity, innovation and hard-work demonstrated by the various nominations from all over Ireland.

2016 saw Irish culture represented on a world stage. Many of the cultural commemorative activities that took place would not have been possible without the partnerships involving Irish artists, businesses and other agencies working together. As we look to the future and the evolving funding patterns in the cultural sector across earned income, public funding and private investment it makes the celebration and recognition of world-class partnerships more important than ever”

Closing date for applications is Monday, May 8th 2017 at 5pm. Click here for information on the entry process and to complete the online entry form.

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The Sharp Building Commission – Open Call

February 21st, 2017
The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

The Sharp Building, McGarrell Reilly Group

We are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘The Sharp Building Commission’ Open Call for visual artists. A McGarrell Reilly Group initiative, ‘The Sharp Building Commission’ seeks to include a permanent or temporary sculptural artwork within the glazed, double height corner of the building as part of the reception area to this new office building. This commission will create an original and innovative sculptural installation in response to environment, architecture and historic and cultural references associated with the new building and its location off Hogan Place.

Realised during 2017 and revealed in early 2018 this sculptural commission will inspire commuters and office staff alike in the Docklands / Core Dublin 2 area.

The commission is open to arts practitioners in the areas of visual arts. The Sharp Building is named after George Sharp, RHA, an Irish portrait and figure painter who resided at Hogan Place during the early 19th Century.

Business to Arts will project manage the open call with an advisory curatorial panel. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 April 2017, 5pm. The commissioned artist will be announced in May 2017.

For more information, please download the Open Call document and click here to complete your online application.

For all queries relating to this project or the Open Call to artists please contact: thesharpbuilding@businesstoarts.ie

Katie Molony, CEO of Maximum Media appointed to the board of Business to Arts

February 1st, 2017

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We are delighted to announce that Katie Molony has been appointed to the board of Business to Arts.

Katie is CEO of Maximum Media, Ireland’s fastest growing online publishing company and the parent company of JOE.ie, Her.ie, SportsJOE.ie & HerFamily.ie. She is responsible for leading the company’s Dublin-based HQ, overseeing all aspects of business strategy across editorial and commercial business operations.

Recently promoted to CEO, Katie previously held the position of Managing Director of Maximum Media for two and a half years. She has played a crucial role in growing the company from 27 staff to 65, introducing the MADE by Maximum Media internal branded content hub with its own studio, launching the JOE brand into the UK market, spearheading research project “A slice of Ireland” earlier this year, and significantly increasing sales revenue and overseeing unprecedented growth of the websites.

Prior to Maximum Media, Katie was Marketing Manager at The Irish Times, where she spearheaded the marketing strategy for the publisher. Highlights included the highly successful “the Story of Why” brand campaign and the “The Best Place to Live in Ireland” initiative.

Katie holds an MSc. in Marketing from DIT, a Diploma in Online Marketing with Advertising and Public Relations from Fitzwilliam Institute, a B.A. in Business with Arts Management from IADT, Dun Laoghaire and most recently completed The Trinity International Growth Programme.

 

Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin Fellow recruitment

January 11th, 2017
Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Today we launch the first phase of our search for individuals interested in participating in the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme in partnership with Dublin City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects. Four selected cultural organisations will recruit for new Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executives to participate in the programme.

All recruited Fellows will be required to participate in what is a new and very exciting initiative, from April 2017 until March 2019. This will require the Fellow’s attendance at various workshops, training, and mentoring sessions with Business to Arts and our partners.

For current job specifications relating to the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin please see below:

Details relating to Dublin Theatre Festival & Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will be released at a later date.

For all information relating to the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme please contact Helen at helen@businesstoarts.ie

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Making Role Models Visible, Accenture Women on Wall portraits unveiled

December 7th, 2016
Accenture 'Women on Walls' 2016 portrait commission. From Top LtoR: Shelia Tinney & Francoise Henry From Bottom LtoR: Phyllis Clinch & Eleanor Knott. Artist: Vera

Accenture ‘Women on Walls’ 2016 portrait commission. From Top LtoR: Shelia Tinney & Francoise Henry From Bottom LtoR: Phyllis Clinch & Eleanor Knott. Artist: Vera

Through our partnership with Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy on ‘Women on Walls’, we aim to make women leaders visible and inspire future generations.

Portraits of 12 female academic leaders, which are the first to hang on the walls of the Royal Irish Academy, were unveiled today. The Accenture Women on Walls campaign features individual portraits of the first four women to be admitted to the academy alongside a group painting of eight of today’s leading female scientists. The finished artworks, by Vera Klute and Blaise Smith, are the first portraits of female subjects to be featured on the Academy’s walls in its 230-year history. Business to Arts, working in partnership with Accenture facilatated the commisioning process.

The campaign originated when Accenture executives were attending a meeting in the Royal Irish Academy to discuss addressing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM).   On leaving the meeting, they asked “Where are the women?” as they surveyed the hall dominated by traditional male portraits.

The portraits are now available to view by the public at Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. They can also be viewed online at Accenture.com/womenonwalls, along with the full story of the campaign and background on the academics, scientists and artists.

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait and need some advice contact Margarita at margarita@businesstoarts.ie and read or top tips for commissioning an artist here.

Eight Scientists. From LtoR Professor Emma Teeling, Professor Catríona Lally, Professor Debra Laefer, Professor Lydia Lynch, Associate Professor Aoife Gowen, Dr Maria McNamara, Professor Sarah McCormack , Professor Aoife McLysaght. Artist Blaise Smith

Eight Scientists From LtoR Professor Emma Teeling, Professor Catríona Lally, Professor Debra Laefer, Professor Lydia Lynch, Associate Professor Aoife Gowen, Dr Maria McNamara, Professor Sarah McCormack , Professor Aoife McLysaght. Artist Blaise Smith

Commissioning a Portrait

December 7th, 2016
Accenture 'Women on Walls' 2016 portrait commission. From Top LtoR: Shelia Tinney & Francoise Henry From Bottom LtoR: Phyllis Clinch & Eleanor Knott. Artist: Vera

Accenture ‘Women on Walls’ 2016 portrait commission. From Top LtoR: Shelia Tinney & Francoise Henry From Bottom LtoR: Phyllis Clinch & Eleanor Knott. Artist: Vera Klute

Over the past 30 years, Business to Arts has been involved in the commissioning of artists for various projects including working with daa on the annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards sculpture, Dublin Port Perspectives Open Call for Artists and most recently the portraits unveiled at the Royal Irish Academy for Accenture’s ‘Women on Walls’ project. We often get asked for guidance on how to commission an artist. So, if you are thinking of commissioning a portrait, here are some things to think about:

  • Purpose: Who or what is the portrait for?
  • Location: Are there any special requirements? Dimensions of the work, the location where the work will be displayed, the function of the work, any materials that cannot be used?
  • Budget: What is the budget? Does this include installation and/or delivery
  • Time: When do you need it for – give yourself plenty of time as some artworks can be time-consuming to make!

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait and need some advice contact Margarita at margarita@businesstoarts.ie For more in-depth advice click here.

 

 

 

Four Cultural Organisations selected to participate in the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme

December 1st, 2016
Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Today, Business to Arts in partnership with Dublin City Council and Dublin’s Culture Connects announced the four selected cultural organisations that will participate in a 24-month Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme for new Fundraising Executives. Dublin Theatre Festival, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Fishamble: The New Play Company & Helium Arts will each be part-funded to recruit a Fundraising Fellow who will take part in the programme. Recruitment for the Fellow positions will commence in January 2017.

Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin offers each of the selected organisations up to €30,000 toward the employment of full-time fundraising or marketing & fundraising human resources, contracted over a 24-month period. The four recruited Fellows will take part in a structured programme of training and mentorship worth an additional €15,000, developed by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council as part of the Fellowship. They will receive fundraising training and mentorship from experienced national and international leaders inside and outside the arts sector. The aim is to equip these Fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build capacity in their own organisations and subsequently share the skills and knowledge with local smaller organisations. Business to Arts are currently seeking Dublin-based community organisations interested in learning from and partnering with the selected organisations.

The objective of Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin is to enhance the investment by arts, cultural and community organisations in their strategic planning and fundraising capacity. The programme addresses the lack of human resources dedicated to fundraising in the selected arts, cultural and community organisations, as well as facilitating a ripple-effect of the knowledge created, to smaller, less resourced organisations.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“This Fellowship builds on our existing partnerships and mutual objectives to address long-term human resource issues facing Dublin’s cultural sector. The four diverse organisations selected have the opportunity to develop and enhance their fundraising capacities, sharing their knowledge with local community organisations, through our intense programme of training and mentorship. We look forward to working with them over the next two years. Our extensive networks and resources will equip these organisations and Fellows with a range of resources which we hope will have a significant impact on the Irish arts fundraising landscape in years to come.”

At the announcement of the four organisations, Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said:

“The investment by Dublin City Council in creating positive legacies from the 2020 European Capital of Culture bid signals our commitment to the role that Culture will play in the future sustainability of the city, alongside Economic Development, Environmental Awareness and Social Inclusion. Building capacity in cultural organisations in the City, and further supporting the sharing of this learning and experiences with others that have less experience in fundraising and philanthropy will foster important new partnerships with communities, business, cultural organisations in Dublin.”

To learn more about the Fellowship click here

Membership Spotlight: NUI Galway

November 29th, 2016

An Organic and Inventive Arts Office at NUI Galway: Emerging from a Historical Educational Institution

Donnacha Cahill, Romantic Notions, Múscailt Festival 2016

Donnacha Cahill, Romantic Notions, Múscailt Festival 2016

The Arts Office at NUI Galway has had to be organic and inventive in order to make space for new and emerging artists and to provoke a response from a largely online audience. In 2000, NUI Galway won a Allianz Business to Arts Award for its partnership with Bank of Ireland when The BOI Student Theatre was launched as a state of the art 80 seat, black box, performance space. The same year an Arts Officer was installed in the University and an ambitious Arts programme was planned. A period of phenomenal growth in numbers of students followed, with enormous pressure on venues and resources. Information and cultural experience became a virtual exchange with digital archives super-ceding cultural events. The success of the digitised Abbey Theatre Archive helped to move NUI Galway up the rankings of Research-led Universities. There was no longer physical or psychological room for live encounters with cultural events. How did we tackle this challenging environment and make art visible? We had to take stock and take control. The Arts Officer and a small part-time and casual team had to stand up and be counted, to be inventive. We worked with what we had around us: first and foremost, an Art Collection; second, an established Múscailt Arts Festival with access to a large outdoor public space; and third, hidden treasures on campus, awaiting an outing, most notably in Zoology and Geology.

The Art Collection revealed itself to house over 560 pieces, once we counted them. A wonderful resource, underused, only spotted on the walls of the management offices in the Quadrangle. Our mission was to take everything out of storage, photograph and document all pieces, place them in public areas of the campus and populate every building including offices and stairwells. We created a public database and found we were well ahead of many other collections in Ireland. We encouraged all of our staff to access and use the images in the collection as covers for publications and to forge identities for projects. The dividends to having an accessible database to show off our wares have been noteworthy. New bequests and donations are now a regular occurrence, including a rare 15ft high wooden sculpture “Banbha’s Warrior”, by James McKenna, donated by Desmond Egan. It stands proudly in our new “Life Course and Society Public Research Building (ILAS)”. James McKenna sought to sculpt and capture the Soul of Celtic Ireland and this warrior looks as if he is striding across the land with purpose. We are committed to increasing the awareness of our heritage and to the encouragement of new and younger artists.

Marielle MacLeman, The Rise and Fall of Sleeping Finch, NUI Galway Art Gallery

Marielle MacLeman, The Rise and Fall of Sleeping Finch, NUI Galway Art Gallery

MUSCAILT Festival meaning ‘to awaken, to inspire, to create’, takes place in early spring and encourages original ideas and events, visual, performance, happening, dance and film from artists, students and staff, all open to the public. We commission new work, showcase new work and facilitate ‘happenings’. Our natural challenges in the West of Ireland in springtime are rain, damp, dark and isolation. Add to these a lack of venues. Drastic measures are called for as we seek to connect with our audience and inhabit the campus. Our themes became ‘Float Away’ in 2015 and ‘Stand Your Ground’ in 2016. Artists are natural collaborators. James Fleming, Sculptor and Director of Colours Street Theatre, believes that Art should be free and he creates pop-up, recycled and reusable artworks. His sculptural works are temporary and regularly inhabit our campus. His repertoire includes swans made of piping floating in the Corrib, and the magnificent floating fish, entitled ‘Creatures of the Campus’ as seen in our glass boxes above our canteen in Múscailt 2016. Another Múscailt collaborator is Donnacha Cahill the Sculptor. He had previously built a large metal gramophone structure for the Electric Picnic. Together, we customised this design and built a portable gramophone for the Múscailt Festival, ‘Romantic Notions’, 2 metres high that could be transported literally anywhere and became a sound system, a microphone and a portable stage/venue in its own right. The gramophone travelled throughout the festival and everyone engaged with it. It was FUN. So much fun, it was then taken up by Galway International Arts Festival and gained even more notoriety on the streets of Galway. Artists Anne O’ Byrne, Aideen Barry, Ben Geoghegan and many more have created new temporary sculptural work in situ. The expertise and experience we have in this field will allow us to move into the realm of public and permanent sculpture. Our new mission is to populate the campus with fun and serious sculptures to forge new identities of place within the landscape, create meeting points and social spaces and to become an open-air public resource. The proposed greenway from Galway city to Moycullen will pass through NUI Galway, along the Corrib River, and we have a wonderful opportunity to open our campus to the world.

Lastly, to our hidden treasures, kept in the Zoology and Geology Collections among many others. There is a resurgence of interest in the OBJECT. In fact, we have a priceless collection of hand-blown marine specimens by the Blaushka Father and Son. They are original recreations of marine species discovered in the mid-1800s and being transparent they also embody delicately coloured internal organs. They are still used to this day. The Geology Museum houses fossils, precious stones and gems, including a Neanderthal skull. Marielle MacLeman was the perfect artist for a residency at Geology and Zoology, the result of which is much more than a sum of the parts. It all began with one Albert Finch, a fictitious museum keeper that morphed himself into some of the objects. Museum keepers were notorious for burning collections held in high regard by previous keepers and for re-labelling collections to suit their own views and generally re-modelling the world. Were they the first artists-in-residence then? MacLeman’s exhibition was titled ‘The Rise and Fall of Sleeping Finch’ with meticulously created sculptural objects, made from hundreds of tiny pencil shavings, hand-cut miniature wooden triangles, stuffed animals, medals, rolls of wall-paper, and more. Her new pieces complemented the existing collections. As part of our expanding collectionwe purchased some sculptural objects and wall-mounted artworks and installed them in the public foyer en route to the Zoology museum. They seamlessly knit the artist, viewer and scientist together. We will move onto the Anatomy Department and Physiology Department in an organic way as they both prepare to move from historic buildings to a new ones. Perhaps it is the perfect time for an artist in residence to create something new to complement these changes.

Students are not forgotten in all this. During the last 3 years the Victorian Society was born on campus and held two Victorian ‘funfairs’ during Múscailt Festivals. These funfairs house inventions, boardgames, steam-punk, science, artwork, literature, tea, cake, pies, costumes and good old Victorian conversation, all in a suitably large sociable space. It is a huge hit and set to continue. That suits us in the Arts Office at NUI Galway as we embracing the impromptu, the pop-up, the tactile, the sculptural and the object. We are happy to support new and old ideas.

Find out more about what we do here:
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2016 Arts, Festivals & Music Sponsorship Summary Report

November 8th, 2016
Kris Nelson, Director, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, Anna O Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery, Damien O Neill, Head of Marketing, Allianz and Mark Deering, Director, Sky Ireland in GPO Witness History to launch the Allianz Business to Arts 2016 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship Report. ESB/Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy are highlighted as brands who continue to demonstrate best-practices in their arts, festivals and music sponsorships. Picture Jason Clarke.

Kris Nelson, Director, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, Anna O Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery, Damien O Neill, Head of Marketing, Allianz and Mark Deering, Director, Sky Ireland in GPO Witness History to launch the Allianz Business to Arts 2016 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship Report. 

Allianz and Business to Arts have published the results of the second Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship Survey, following on from the success of the recent 25th Allianz Business to Arts Awards in September. The summary report, launched at GPO Witness History, was drawn up by Business to Arts from data supplied by sponsorship and marketing managers, adding to the membership organisation’s research and insight services for the leading corporate sponsors of the arts, festivals and music.

The survey looks at sponsorship objectives that differentiate the arts over other types of sponsorship areas; at sponsorships that are both one-off event relationships or multi-annual partnerships; sponsorship spend between 2015 and 2016, as well as anticipated spend in 2017; methods used to activate relationships; measuring success; and a peer-review of the leading cultural sponsors in Ireland.

Key outputs include:

  • 87% of sponsors would choose an arts sponsorship over other types of sponsorship, because it creates unique events and experiences for their stakeholders; 69% state that arts sponsorship provides more engagement with customers than other types of sponsorship
  • The most popular forms of activating sponsorships in the arts, festivals and music include creating branded signage, PR, printed literature (81%), staff engagement (64%) and digital campaigns (62%)
  • Sponsors surveyed report that in 2017, 35% will increase their spend
  • All respondents were asked to nominate brands that they feel are best-in-class in their engagements with culture, and Bord Gáis Energy, ESB, Tiger and Hennessey are among those identified

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“We’re delighted to be building on the outputs of the annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards. This report is an important tool for both sponsors and rights holders in 2017 and it assists with our advocacy work and objectives to increase corporate sponsorship in arts, festivals and music throughout Ireland “

Sean McGrath, Chief Executive of Allianz Ireland, said:

“2016 marks the 25th year of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and Allianz is proud and privileged to continue to play its part in this process of continuous renewal, individual fulfilment and ultimately, societal enrichment. Whilst the awards highlight and facilitate this positive reality, the 2016 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship Report is based on the experiences of all involved in the 2016 year. It ensures that their experiences and insights are recorded and shared. This helps safeguard the continued delivery of substantial cultural, economic and commercial benefits for years to come”.

Download the summary report here

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