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2018 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC: ‘The Power of Data’

September 26th, 2018
Repro Free: Business to Arts PwC. Picture Jason Clarke

Picture Jason Clarke

PwC once again hosted the annual Business to Arts’ CEO Forum. The Forum is a group of over 100 leaders from business and the arts in Ireland who come together to discuss new challenges and strategies, and share their insights.  The 2018 CEO Forum focused on how data and data insights are informing business decisions and helping business growth. Our panellists included:

  • Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport
  • Sandra Collins, Director of The National Library of Ireland
  • Michael Duffy, CEO, Royal Dublin Society
  • Leonard McAuliffe, Director, PwC

As part of preparation for the CEO Forum, a two-phase PwC & Business to Arts survey was carried out among arts and cultural organisations affiliated to Business to Arts. It aimed to identify the levels of preparedness, opportunities and challenges that were presented by GDPR. The first survey was carried out in April 2018. Those who had participated in the first survey were contacted again in September 2018 to examine their position in relation to GDPR four months after the implementation deadline.

PWC & Business to Arts research reveals:

  • In April 2018, 68% of respondents said they had started the process to become GDPR compliant. In September 2018, 100% of respondents reported that they are continuing to take steps to ensure their GDPR compliance
  • In April 2018, respondents expected that GDPR compliance would create challenges in relation to their marketing and fundraising performance. Namely:

89% expected increased administration

63% expected additional governance and compliance requirements

58% expected increased human resource time

30% expected increased risk and financial cost

  • In September 2018, respondents identified that the most difficult aspects of becoming GDPR compliant were understanding what was required, allocation of appropriate time, and ensuring appropriate levels of staffing
  • In September 2018, 57% of respondents reported that they have seen benefits of GDPR implementation. Benefits include enhanced targeting of audiences, increased open rates of email communications and increased transparency

Speaking about the survey findings,

Leonard McAuliffe, Director, PwC Cyber practice, said: “Business and arts organisations collate personal data for events, sponsorship and another reasons and each organisation, regardless of its size, must ensure that this data is protected and properly held in accordance with the regulations. In our experience, businesses and arts organisations have employed significant resources, time and expense, to be GDPR compliant, and this work is ongoing. It is important that the benefits of GDPR, including improved transparency over safe data storage, better engagement with stakeholders and enhanced public trust, are realised by all organisations, including those in the arts and cultural sector.”

Chief Executive of Business to Arts, Andrew Hetherington states:

‘With organisations more focused on enhancing audience insight and data usage, the corporate and cultural sectors have much to learn from each other about ways they can interact with and understand their audience or consumer. Importantly, in this new era of data regulation, our CEO Forum is focusing on the decisions that are informed or made using data analysis and insights as well as those that are informed by our experience’. 

2018 Small Grants scheme recipients announced under the Docklands Arts Fund

September 20th, 2018
*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 19/9/2018 : Tamar Keane, Smashing Times Theatre Company, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Artist Fergal McCarthy and pianist Máire Carroll at the Pearse Street Piano for the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Small Grants Scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. To learn more see www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund’ . Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

Tamar Keane, Smashing Times Theatre Company, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Artist Fergal McCarthy and pianist Máire Carroll at the Pearse Street Piano for the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Small Grants Scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Today, Business to Arts announce this year’s recipients of the 2018 Small Grants scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. The objective of the Docklands Arts Fund is to enhance and develop the appreciation of quality art experiences in the Docklands area. Fergal McCarthy (visual artist), Máire Carroll (pianist) & Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company will receive funding 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 2017/2018, 60 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:

  • Fergal McCarthy will spend several months researching source material relating to the Dublin Docklands to create a book, delivering an engaging, humorous account of the story of the Docklands. This book will be distributed without cost to local primary schools in the Docklands area, with Fergal hosting presentations of the project to school pupils. blogspot.com/
  • Pianist Máire Carroll will bring her Hidden Piano’s music series, aimed at bringing contemporary and classical music to new audiences in unexpected places, to primary school students in the Docklands area. Máire will work with students to engage and encourage them to explore music, and together compose a piece using their individual musical and lyrical ideas. mairecarroll.com
  • Smashing Times is a professional company involved in performance, training and participation. The company will deliver 4 participatory drama workshops, theatre performances and post-show discussions in the Docklands area to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention as part of ‘Acting for the Future’. smashingtimes.ie

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:

‘Local community engagement is at the core of Docklands Arts Fund activity. Each year it continues to build a reputation for quality arts experiences that bring those who live and work in the environment together through creative collaborations. Our 2018 Small Grants recipients will create performances, workshops and publications, which respond to audiences and the context of the Docklands’.    

To learn more about the Docklands Arts Fund click here

 

‘Tríocha’ – Celebrating 30 years by Seán and Françoise Gilley

September 12th, 2018

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‘Tríocha bliain ag cothú comhpháirtíochtaí’. Over the past 30 years, Business to Arts have enabled, developed and supported creative partnerships between the corporate and cultural sectors in Ireland through commissioning, sponsorship, staff engagement, training and bespoke events. The creation of ‘Tríocha’, in conjunction with Terroirs marks this special milestone and celebrates the achievements of Business to Arts to date.

When Seán and Françoise Gilley of Terroirs realised that 2018 would mark Business to Arts 30th Anniversary they wanted to make a special contribution. Since the early 90’s the Gilley’s have been fervent supporters of Business to Arts creative and professional projects within the art world.

Wine-making is also a form of artistry. Since 1994 Françoise and Seán Gilley have been focusing on sourcing and importing hand-selected wines produced by family-owned properties who respect nature.

The Gilley’s approached wine grower and wine maker Sylvain Morey of Bastide du Claux from the Luberon in Provence. An art lover, Morey farms his vineyards organically and crafts excellent wines in Provence and also in Burgundy. Sylvain was indeed thrilled and proud to produce two special wines for Business to Arts 30th Anniversary in conjunction with Terroirs.

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Such a special wine deserves a distinct name. ‘Tríocha’ was an obvious name for the occasion. In a subtle way it denotes the 30 years that Business to Arts have persisted in developing and supporting creative partnerships between the corporate and cultural sectors in Ireland.

With a high proportion of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino from thirty year old vines, ‘Tríocha’ white 2016 displays subtle and fine aromas of honeysuckle and stone fruit which both entice and satisfy. ‘Tríocha’ is delicate, fresh and pristine which makes it a great partner for seafood.

The perfectly ripe berries of Syrah and Grenache noir from thirty five year old vines produced the very attractive ‘Tríocha’ rouge 2016. The palate delivers notes of delicate black and red fruit followed by a subtle layer of spices. Vibrant and luxurious with a silky texture, this wine will pair beautifully with grilled meats and cheese.

‘Tríocha’ was served to guests at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards on Sept 4th at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

‘Tríocha’ can purchased for €23.50 at Terroirs in Donnybrook & a percentage of sales will be donated to our Arts Fund. Corporate packages are available and Business to Arts members will receive a 20% discount. Please contact info@businesstoarts.ie for further details. 

Business to Arts Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023

September 10th, 2018

Strategic Plan 2018-2023 cover RS
This year, Business to Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary and it is the right time to look forward and set out a plan for what we can achieve over the period 2018–2023.

We believe that our work advocating for, supporting and developing creative partnerships has never been more relevant. This five-year plan is inspired by the resilience we have witnessed in recent years and by our stakeholders’ ambitions for the future.

Since our foundation in 1988, we have brokered, enabled and supported a wide range of creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. This work involves multi-layered relationships with our corporate members and arts affiliates in order to develop solutions in areas such as sponsorship, CSR, commissioning, philanthropy, staff engagement, art collections, internal and external communications and client events. In addition to this, we also work with our arts affiliates providing a range of training opportunities to help diversify income streams, grow audiences and improve efficiencies.

Our corporate membership base and network ranges across the business sectors from local family-run companies, SMEs, semi-state companies to FDIs and corporate foundations. Our arts affiliate base extends from individual artists to the National Cultural Institutions, and includes all art forms.

We invite feedback on this Strategic Plan from our stakeholders. Please direct any observations, feedback or suggested enhancements before 5pm, Monday 15th October 2018 to info@businesstoarts.ie or +353 1 662 9238.

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2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners Announced

September 5th, 2018
No Repro Fee Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts CEO (left) with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director (right), pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

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

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

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

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Best Use of Creativity in the Community

Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’

Best Creative Staff Engagement

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

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice   

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

Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists   

Aisling O’Mara

Allianz Community Art Award

The Forget-Me-Nots Choir

daa €5,000 Arts Award

Waterford Walls

Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value 

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

Best Long Term Partnership

U2 & The Ireland Funds with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for ‘Music Generation’, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills & Local Music Education Partnerships

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value  

TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

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

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

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment  

Hennessy for ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’, ‘Hennessy Literary Awards’ with New Irish Writing and The Irish Times, and ‘Hennessy Lost Friday’ with Royal Hibernian Academy
Leading the congratulations among over 500 business and arts leaders at the theatre was Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD. 

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six artists commissioned to create a series of new portraits of historical female leaders in healthcare

July 24th, 2018
Repro Free: Monday 23rd July 2018. Pictured from left to right: Artists Enda Griffin & Mick O Dea with Dr. Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, and Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Accenture Ireland; Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive, RCSI and artists Molly Judd, Benita Stoney, and Catherine Creaney with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts at the new surgical training suite at 26 York Street. Six commissioned artists have been announced for Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture and Business to Arts which recognises the pioneering achievements of eight extraordinary women in medicine. Picture Jason Clarke

Artists Enda Griffin & Mick O Dea with Dr. Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, and Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Accenture Ireland; Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive, RCSI and artists Molly Judd, Benita Stoney, and Catherine Creaney with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts Picture Jason Clarke

Today, RCSI, Accenture and Business to Arts announced the six artists commissioned to create a series of new portraits of historical female leaders in medicine at RCSI. Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture will recognise the pioneering achievements of a group of extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in healthcare. The new portraits will be hung in the Board Room of RCSI’s historic building on St. Stephen’s Green.

In March 2018, artists were invited to submit a proposal to Business to Arts, project managers of the initiative. A selection committee identified six suitable artists to be commissioned. The group of artists will now work with RCSI archivists to further research their subjects and develop their concepts. It is anticipated that completed artworks will be unveiled in Spring 2019.

The following artists have been commissioned to complete 8 individual portraits:

Commissioned Artist Subject
Benita Stoney Dr. Margaret (Pearl) Dunlevy
Catherine Creaney Dr. Barbara Maive Stokes
Enda Griffin Sr. & Dr. Maura Lynch
Mick O’Dea Dr. (Emily) Winifred Dickson
Mick O’Dea Dr. Mary Somerville Parker Strangman
Molly Judd Dr. Victoria Coffey
Molly Judd Dr. Mary Josephine Hannan
William Nathans Mary Frances Crowley

Welcoming today’s announcement of the six selected artists, Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO, RCSI said: “Promoting greater gender diversity in healthcare is an important strategic priority for RCSI. By shining a light on the women of RCSI who broke boundaries to become leaders in medicine, we hope to provide inspiration for current and future generations of women in medicine and healthcare. We are delighted that such a talented and diverse group of artists will now begin their work on a series of portraits which will bring the legacy of these women to life and we look forward to seeing the completed portraits hang in our historic St Stephen’s Green building.”

Dr Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, and Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Accenture in Ireland added: “Today is a very important day in the Women on Walls campaign. Accenture, RCSI and Business to Arts set out on this journey earlier in the year with an ambition to change how we look at gender inequality in medicine, and to start to represent the many, often overlooked, contributions of women in medicine in order to inspire future generations. I am delighted that we also will have great diversity in the artists selected for this important commission to hang on the walls of the historic RCSI building.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts said: “Alongside our partners, RCSI and Accenture, we are thrilled to be working with some of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists on this important initiative. Through portraiture, these artworks celebrate and represent the extraordinary achievements and legacy of female RCSI Fellows and graduates. We look forward to the public unveiling in 2019.”

RCSI is committed to promoting gender equality among staff and students for the advancement of the College’s mission to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health. RCSI is a signatory of Athena Swan, a Charter that recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality and enables representation, progression and success for all.

Women on Walls is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Accenture’s Women on Walls began in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy.

Learn more here

www.accenture.com/womenonwalls

2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards shortlist announced

July 17th, 2018
Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received a record number of entries in its 27th year, showcasing a diverse range of arts from visual art, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, design and music.

The 2018 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. The shortlist shows collaboration between business and arts which takes place through sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives or community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships.

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards saw high levels of entries from expanding sponsorship portfolios, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships, that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

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

“In our special Business to Arts’ 30th anniversary year, we are inspired and motivated by the level of creativity, partnership and commitment those recognised on the shortlist display. Each year our Awards highlight the best examples of creative partnerships between the corporate and creative communities. We look to forward to celebrating these partnerships on September 4th as we mark our significant 30th Anniversary milestone with our partners, members and friends’.

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

“As Business to Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back in pride at our association with the Allianz Business to Arts awards that showcase the best in collaboration between the Irish Artistic and Business communities.  From an Allianz perspective, it has been very fulfilling to be able to help encourage and acknowledge partnerships that have and continue to deliver lasting value for our artists and for business. It has been our privilege to see the hugely positive impact such partnerships have on communities across the country and on our society at large”.

 

The winners of the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 4 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2018 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Aer Lingus & Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland for ‘Irish Filmmaker Competition’
  • Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’
  • Goodbody & IMMA for ‘IMMA 1000’
  • TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

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

  • Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation for ‘Open House Dublin’
  • BNP Paribas & IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’
  • Colourtrend & Sirius Arts Centre for ‘One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project’
  • The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’
  • KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bold Girls’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Best Long Term Partnership

  • A&L Goodbody & Suas
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin for ‘The Early Irish Manuscripts Project’
  • BNP Paribas & Helium Arts
  • U2 & The Ireland Funds with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for ‘Music Generation’, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills & Local Music Education Partnerships
  • TileStyle for ’10 Years of the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary for Artists’

 Best Use of Creativity in the Community

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’
  • Dublin City Council & Dublin’s Culture Connects for ‘The National Neighbourhood’
  • Iarnród Éireann & John Murphy Piano Tuning and Repair

Best Creative Staff Engagement

  • Bank of Ireland ‘Be Our Inspiration’
  • Diageo & Beta Bajgart for ‘Press for Progress: International Women’s Day European Photographic Exhibition’
  • KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bold Girls’
  • William Fry & Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for ‘Incognito’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’
  • MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre & Ani Mollereau for ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch for ‘The Early Irish Manuscripts Project’ at Trinity College Dublin and their support of ‘Music Generation’ via The Ireland Funds
  • Hennessy for ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’, ‘Hennessy Literary Awards’ with New Irish Writing and The Irish Times, and ‘Hennessy Lost Friday’ with Royal Hibernian Academy
  • IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’ with BNP Paribas, ‘IMMA 1000’ with Goodbody, ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’ with Hennessy, ‘New Art at IMMA’ with Matheson, O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer and The Dean
  • RTÉ for ‘RTÉ Supporting the Arts’

Allianz Community Art Award

  • Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail
  • Brokentalkers Theatre Company
  • Martina Galvin
  • The Forget-Me-Nots Choir

A&L Goodbody & Business to Arts celebrate 2 years of the A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence programme

May 30th, 2018
A&L Goodbody and Business to Arts Writer in Residence at St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School in East Wall with Catherine Ann Cullen. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

On Monday May 29th, A&L Goodbody & Business to Arts hosted a Writer in Residence event at St.Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Pupils, teachers, family members and A&L Goodbody employees were in attendance to celebrate two years of partnership with the A&L Goodbody Writer in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen under the Docklands Arts Fund. Music and songs composed during the programme by the students were performed by the students with Catherine Ann, accompanied by musician Imogen Gunner.

Catherine Ann has worked with the pupils at St. Joseph’s Co-ed Primary School in East Wall in Dublin with a view to improving their creativity and literacy skills. Each week the pupils ‘commissioned’ her to write a poem on a theme of their devising, and the following week’s session opened with that poem. Catherine Ann compiled her poems into books called ‘Themes for Third’, ‘Fourth Class Favourites’ and ‘Scribbles for Sixth’.

As well as working with the children to create poems and develop their creative writing, Catherine Ann has written songs together with each class, such as ‘East Wall Thank You Stew’ and ‘Jumper Justice’.

A&L Goodbody and Business to Arts Writer in Residence at St Joseph's Co-ed Primary School in East Wall with Catherine Ann Cullen. Pictured are Alisa Usacova and Alesia Tuca both aged 9. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Students from St Joseph’s Co-ed Primary School in East Wall, Alisa Usacova and Alesia Tuca both aged 9. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

A specially commissioned artwork was presented to the school by Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody. Catherine Ann composed a short poem, and Chris Judge added the visual characters, to represent the spirit of creative writing and poetry, which have been part of the Residency.

Preparing for Brexit (Part Two). How artists and arts organisations can consider its impact and plan ahead.

May 28th, 2018

Andrew Hetherington - Brexit

By Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts

This is the second article in our ‘Preparing for Brexit’ series and is a follow up to the article by John Ward (of the Global Freight Group, Maurice Ward).

Increasingly, the team at Business to Arts are being asked more focused questions about the impact of Brexit on the arts sector. These questions started to develop out of our annual Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Report. This report identified a softening of sentiment toward sponsorship/marketing spend (in 2016 & 2017) as a result of market volatility created by Brexit. In early May 2018, we also co-hosted a panel discussion with English National Ballet at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre during Dublin Dance Festival where Brexit was the focal point. In this article, I’ve brought together a range of resources and opinions (including our own) that might be helpful for artists and arts organisations.

To start with, here are some things we know about Brexit’s impact on Ireland:

Foreign exchange volatility. Since the UK’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016, we’ve seen a volatile performance of sterling. The general trend has been a weakening of sterling versus the euro. Currently at €1 to £0.88p (as of 23 May 2018)

Competitiveness of British arts/cultural product. In Sept 2017, Failte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly outlined the agencies position on the impact of Brexit, namely “volatility generated by Brexit during the last year would have led to significant revenue and job losses had other traditional markets, particularly the US, not performed so well.” He warned the Irish tourism sector and its stakeholders, “We cannot always assume that other markets will continue to compensate in this fashion – particularly as we now face a challenge in those markets from a British tourism product made much more competitive by the lower sterling value.”

Reduction in numbers of UK-based visitors to Ireland. In January 2018, Dublin Airport reported that, “Traffic between Dublin and British airports increased by 1% to just under 10 million last year [2017]… The impact of weaker sterling following the Brexit vote in the UK contributed to a decline in British originating traffic last year, but this was more than offset by an increase in both Irish outbound business and transfer traffic to the UK.”

Focus on Retention of Common Travel Area. In an interview with The Irish Times, John Hickey of The Irish Film Board emphasised that audio-visual productions in Ireland are often located on both sides of the Border, as well as in Britain and Ireland. His warning was that, “Any tightening of the Common Travel Area between the Republic, the North and Britain would be harmful to the audio-visual industry”

Below are examples of some of the questions we are being asked in relation to Brexit:

Typical question: I don’t know if Brexit will impact me/my organisation? In what scenarios is it more likely that Brexit will impact me/my organisation?

In our opinion, Irish artists and arts organisations that are more likely to feel the impact of Brexit are those that have significant UK activities. For example, those that:

  • are programmed into UK venues and festivals and as a result travel to the UK regularly (e.g . for performances / exhibitions etc)
  • export artworks to and/or from the UK (e.g. prints, original works of art etc)
  • have a portion of their audience that travel to Ireland from the UK
  • have significant relationships with suppliers based in the UK (e.g. designers, manufacturers etc)
  • are UK-based Irish artists who return to Ireland regularly to perform/sell/exhibit etc

Typical question: I know Brexit will impact me/my organisation. What should I do?

Firstly, don’t panic! The exact impact of Brexit on artists and arts organisations is yet to be seen. It is highly likely much of the finer detail will remain unknown until last-minute agreements are made between the UK and the EU… and for years afterwards as these decisions are implemented.

If you want to plan as best as you can, why not start with some of the following:

  • Start a Risk Assessment that is appropriate to the size and complexity of your UK activities (travel, sales, audiences etc). You can start by analysing the amount of:

(a) Goods and services you / your organisation procures from UK-based people / organisations. Try to calculate the average value of this over the last three years.

(b) Travel you undertake between the UK and Ireland. Take particular care to identify costs of hotels in GB£ and stipends/per diems you may have for people that work for you in GB£

(c) Audiences based in the UK that travel to Ireland to see your work. Understand their value to your organisation. Know how you segment this audience profile, communicate with them and sell your organisation to them. This is particularly relevant to some of Ireland’s larger music and arts festivals and venues. This audience profile could be at risk… particularly if sterling continues to weaken.

By doing the above, you start to build a better picture of the exposure your organisation might have to Brexit. You can then rank the financial exposure(s) you/your organisation has as either low/medium or high risk.

  • Talk with UK-based partners, co-producers, commissioners, peers or customers/audiences. Ask them how they are planning for Brexit or the impact they believe it will have on them. I’ve always believed in the importance of sharing knowledge among arts/cultural professionals and the value of this tradition in terms of business planning/strategy.
  • Talk to your accountant and other professional advisors. It is highly likely they have started to think about the implications of Brexit for other clients.

Typical Question: What implications does Business to Arts expect? Are there any opportunities?

  • Additional human resources and/or time required for dealing with customs/excise. As the UK will exist outside of the EU, it is certain that some forms of customs and trade registrations will be required. For example, if you travel or export your artistic goods or services to the US, you will be aware of some of the red-tape that is involved. You can begin to consider which declarations, registrations, authorisations and reliefs are required OR will need to be put in place.
  • Revenue Commissioners Responsibilities, Cashflow and Binding Tariff Information Considerations To understand more about this, read part one of this series by John Ward, CEO of Maurice Ward and Co Ltd.

Among some of the potential opportunities identified (among our network) include:

  • Potential for increased EU Funding. Ireland will become the only English speaking country in the EU as a result of Brexit and has the potential to become a more attractive EU funding partner as a result. This may be more relevant if you have UK-based comparators/competitors that already avail of EU funding. Keep an eye on the work of:

(a) The EU Lab at Dublin’s Culture Connects https://www.dublinscultureconnects.ie/eu-lab/

(b) Creative Europe Desk Ireland at the Arts Council of Ireland http://www.creativeeuropeireland.eu/culture

  • Focus on growing Irish Tourism Markets We expect the US and German markets to remain a focus of Tourism Ireland with some additional investment in new opportunities from Asia and the Middle East. The global popularity of Star Wars film locations in Ireland is expected to continue too.

Typical Question: What other resources are out there for me?

  • Failte Ireland’s ‘Get Brexit Readyhttp://www.failteireland.ie/Supports/Get-Brexit-Ready.aspx Fáilte Ireland has developed a suite of supports to assist businesses through Brexit volatility. They include, Training programmes, Market diversification tactics, Competitiveness resources, GB & NI tourism statistics, Research and insights, and a Calendar of Support.
  • Brexit Advisory Services for Business from your auditors, banks and other professional advisors. Particularly those for Small to Medium Enterprises. Some examples include:

AIB https://fxcentre.aib.ie/resource-centre/brexit

Bank of Ireland https://businessbanking.bankofireland.com/business-supports/sectors/prepare-for-brexit/

EY http://www.ey.com/ie/en/issues/business-environment/ey-brexit

KPMG https://home.kpmg.com/ie/en/home/campaigns/2016/10/brexit.html

Mazars https://www.mazars.ie/Home/Our-expertise/Brexit

PwC https://www.pwc.ie/campaigns/brexit.html

Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants 2018 – Open Call For Projects

May 17th, 2018
Pupils in the classroom drawing fruit, as part of 'Coastlines, Maps and Melons', Martina Galvin's visual art project 2017/18

Pupils in the classroom drawing fruit, as part of ‘Coastlines, Maps and Melons’, Martina Galvin’s visual art project 2017/18

We are very happy to announce that Business to Arts are seeking applications for the Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants 2018 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 with projects focussing on longer-term impact on the Dublin Docklands area.

Providing funds to artists and arts organisations which have strategic partnerships supports our mission to develop quality arts experiences with a lasting impact on the local community in the Dublin Docklands area.

Approximately 3 grants of between €2,000 and €5,000 each will be given to projects by September 2018.

The Open Call for Projects is live until Thursday, 28th June 2018 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, and which show evidence of development of event or concept
  • Projects that will take place between September 2018 and June 2019.

For full details, please click here.

For any queries on the application process, please contact Eileen.

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.

Business to Arts & Justin Bickle host second 30th Anniversary Event at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

May 9th, 2018
John McGrane, Justin Bickle, Tamara Rojo, Andrew Hetherington, Stephen Faloon, Michael Seaver, Helen Carroll at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Picture Conor McCabe Photography

John McGrane, Justin Bickle, Tamara Rojo, Andrew Hetherington, Stephen Faloon, Michael Seaver, Helen Carroll at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Picture Conor McCabe Photography

On May 4th, Business to Arts and Justin Bickle, Chief Executive of Glenveagh Properties and Chairman of English National Ballet hosted the second event in our 30th Anniversary series at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Ahead of English National Ballet’s stunning performance of Akram Khan’s Giselle in association with the Dublin Dance Festival, Business to Arts’ corporate members attended a private pre-show panel discussion. The panel moderated by Michael Seaver, Arts Critic, Irish Times included Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet (ENB), Stephen Faloon, General Manager, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, John McGrane, Director General, British Irish Chamber of Commerce and Justin Bickle, Chair of ENB and host of the event

To start proceedings, Benjamin Perchat, Artistic Director, Dublin Dance Festival outlined some of the highlights of this year’s festival. This followed with a brief overview of dance traditions in Ireland, recognising one of the most influential figures in the history of ballet, Wicklow born Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet. The career of Tamara Rojo, from her training in Madrid to Scottish National Ballet to the Royal Ballet and now Artistic Director of ENB offered our audience insight into the life and motivations of one the most celebrated dancers of our time. Tamara discussed the challenges of bringing an international ballet company on tour, considering the impact Brexit may have on ENB’s future touring productions and how important it is that her productions reflect and respond to present time and society. Stephen Faloon having sought to bring English National Ballet to Dublin in the early 2010’s spoke about the process of bringing a production to Dublin noting the importance of educating audiences on contemporary ballet verses the ever-popular classical repertoire. In relation to the motivations for companies to support dance as an art form Tamara noted:

“Dance is a growing art form. It is an art form that attracts a lot of young people. So it is an art form that should interest the business community because it can reach people that otherwise you may not”  

Stephen Faloon, Justin Bickle, Michael Seaver, Tamara Rojo & John McGrane at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Stephen Faloon, Justin Bickle, Michael Seaver, Tamara Rojo & John McGrane at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Justin Bickle discussed his unexpected introduction to ballet almost 10 years ago, recognising the athleticism and commitment of the dancers. His passion and belief in English National Ballet has enabled and supported the artistic and executive team in the realisation of the London City Island project, a partnership with Ballymore, which is now home to ENB’s new studios. Justin Bickle outlined what business people can bring to an arts organisation in addition to financial resources:

“What you can contribute by common sense or asking the awkward or obvious question in the room, that’s valuable to arts organisations. Having a different perspective and a different background” Justin Bickle on his role as Chairman of English National Ballet.

John McGrane discussed the opportunities of Brexit for Ireland, promoting the cultural offering of Ireland as an important factor that potential incoming workers consider when selecting a new home. A key takeaway is that Ireland may well be positioned attract more EU funding and co-production investment.

“It’s about pitching the Ireland story internationally. You’ve got a situation, you need a solution. You do not want to walk away from the remaining 50 million consumers and citizens in the EU. Ireland and frankly Dublin are your gateway to the future” John McGrane

The performance of Akram Khan’s Giselle by English National Ballet was a powerful, thought-provoking and magnificent reimaging of a traditional classic. We hope that Irish audiences who may not have previously witnessed contemporary ballet are now encouraged to see new work by both domestic and international world-class talent.

Helen Carroll appointed Head of Communications & Partnerships at Business to Arts

May 4th, 2018
Gerard McNaughton, Helen Carroll & Andrew Hetherington. Picture Jason Clarke

Gerard McNaughton, Helen Carroll & Andrew Hetherington. Picture Jason Clarke

Business to Arts are very happy to announce that Helen Carroll has been appointed Head of Communications & Partnerships at Business to Arts. Helen has worked at Business to Arts since 2016 as Senior Manager- Marketing & Strategic Partnerships. This senior management team role will further develop current and potential partnerships at Business to Arts. Helen oversees the communications and sponsorship relationships of key Business to Arts events and programmes including the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Fundit.ie, The New Stream Programme supported by Dublin City Council and Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht, Business to Arts’ CEO Forum & special member’s events.

On accepting the position, Helen states:

‘I have been on an incredible journey since starting with Business to Arts two years ago. Alongside our team and Board, I hope to continue to champion new and innovative partnerships beyond our 30th Anniversary year. As Business to Arts continues to expand, I look forward to further engaging and developing relationships with all of our stakeholders’

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

Walkers & Business to Arts celebrate the completion of Year One of the Photographer in Residence

May 2nd, 2018
Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers, Walkers photographer in Residence Kate Nolan and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year student Hollie Hanevy of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhibition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. The exhibition is part of CBS Westland Row's engagement with Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. The students' project work was exhibited at the Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, showcasing the development of their photographic skills together. See businesstoarts.ie for further details. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers, Walkers Photographer-in-Residence Kate Nolan and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year student Hollie Hanevy of CBS Westland Row. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Business to Arts and financial services law firm, Walkers, joined Irish photographer Kate Nolan and transition year students at CBS Westland Row to celebrate the completion of the first year of the Walkers Photographer in Residence project. The students’ project work was exhibited at the Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, showcasing the development of their photographic skills together.

Kate’s residency included a series of workshops, where Kate introduced documentary photography to CBS Westland Row transition year students through ‘story walks’ of the Docklands. These workshops were led by the students themselves, who selected the locations to be photographed. Each week students explored a different theme, visually strategising their stories through photographic walks of the Docklands. On these walks, students learned new technical skills and aesthetic decisions. The images created were brought back to the classroom to discuss and combine with text.

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 2/5/2018 : Pictured were transition year students Casey Swaine, Caitlin Tucker and Csenge Horvath of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhabition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. The exhibition is part of CBS Westland Row's engagement with Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. The students' project work was exhibited at the Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, showcasing the development of their photographic skills together. See businesstoarts.ie for further details. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

Transition year students Casey Swaine, Caitlin Tucker and Csenge Horvath of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhibition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

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. The residency supports Business to Arts’ wide programme of activity, which develops quality arts experiences for artists, businesses, communities.

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

This collaboration between Kate Nolan, the students of CBS Westland Row and Walkers staff has enabled the students and staff involved to develop their photographic and creative skills while documenting life within the Docklands area. We have enjoyed watching the student’s photographic work evolve, capturing the essence of life in the Docklands and look forward to seeing how the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence evolves in the future.”

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner at Walkers said:

“We were delighted to be part of this project not just as sponsors but as active participants.  The artistic output of the students was impressive and we are looking forward to having it on display on the walls of our new office, The Exchange IFSC, for years to come.”

To learn more about the Docklands Arts Fund click here or contact one of our team today.

Business To Arts Announces Joeleen Lynch As Membership and Project Manager

May 1st, 2018

JL BWFollowing a public recruitment process, we are very happy to announce that Joeleen Lynch has been appointed to the position of Membership and Project Manager.

Joeleen is an arts manager and curator with over 6 years experience in multi-disciplinary arts programming, project management, artist consultancy, education and visitor experience.

Joeleen has held various roles in public art galleries, commercial galleries, pop up exhibitions, heritage sites and cultural initiatives representing organisations such as: The Eden Project (Cornwall), The Ark (Dublin), The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, the Contemporary Art Programme for National Trust, Trust New Art and Year of Irish Design 2015. Joeleen is also a contributor to CCQ: Culture Colony Quarterly; a contemporary art magazine based in Wales.

Joeleen graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in History of Art, during this time she was awarded a place on the North American International Exchange Programme at the University of Guelph, Ontario. She later graduated with a Postgraduate Masters in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from Falmouth University.

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

The inaugural 30th Anniversary Business to Arts Event at Arthur Cox saw member’s discuss art, architecture & the work environment

April 30th, 2018
Niall Scott, Scott Tallon & Walker James Hanley RHA, Diana Copperwhite, Brian O'Gorman, Arthur Cox & Andrew Hetherington. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Niall Scott, Scott Tallon & Walker, James Hanley RHA, Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Brian O’Gorman, Arthur Cox & Andrew Hetherington at the Arthur . Picture Conor McCabe Photography

On April 10th, we celebrated the first event in our 30th Anniversary series with our partner Arthur Cox. Each of our events throughout this special year will showcase various strands of our work and different art forms.  The event, hosted at the beautiful new Arthur Cox offices with interiors designed by Scott Tallon and Walker, located at Earlsfort Terrace, provided our corporate members the opportunity to explore the law firm’s art collection, which has been developed over a number of decades. Our panel discussion lead by Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts included artists James Hanley RHA, Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Niall Scott, Scott Tallon and Walker and Brian O’Gorman, Managing Partner, Arthur Cox.

Here are some thoughts from Andrew on the occasion:

The Arthur Cox Art Collection is a selection of art works that Business to Arts have had the pleasure to re-present with Arthur Cox at Ten Earlsfort Terrace. Working in partnership, we have audited, assessed the condition, conserved, reconditioned, curated and installed the collection during their move to this beautiful new building. I know the entire team involved have taken great pride in doing this.

“Corporate art collections are a vital part of our culture on two counts. They enhance the working environment of so many who work indoors through works that celebrate, capture or challenge the wider world outside. Secondly the collections are a major support for many artists at various stages of their careers, not just financially, but also by the inclusion into prestigious and influential business worlds.” James Hanley RHA

Rachel Hussey & Brian O Gorman with Andrew Hetherington at the Arthur Cox offices on Earslfort Terrace. Picture Jason Clarke

Rachel Hussey & Brian O Gorman with Andrew Hetherington at the Arthur Cox offices on Earslfort Terrace. Picture Jason Clarke

A number of themes are evident in the collection. The first is ‘Memory’. Each artwork represents a time, a building, a person, an event or a location in Arthur Cox’s history and memories of that time. The second theme is ‘Colour’. Modern buildings like this one are bright and full of glass. Neutral tones help create a relaxing environment. The artworks help to bring colour to walls and spaces throughout the building. Their effect is similar to the effect of Arthur Cox people in a building. They are part of the character, life and soul of Arthur Cox. Another theme is ‘Tranquillity’. In this collection, there are many abstract paintings and prints, which introduce a variety of geometric shapes to the collection. They are balanced, architectural and meditative and bring a sense of calm to the building.

“Architects should be encouraged to have a strong interest in the visual Arts – this vital interest can only have a beneficial impact on design quality” Niall Scott, Scott Tallon & Walker.

Works by Diana Copperwhite, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Richard Gorman and Patrick Scott in this collection embody these themes. Their artworks could be considered central elements of the collection, which have influenced how the collection has been gathered and is now presented.

“Being included in a corporate collection ensures that an artist’s work is visible to a wider audience. Being hung and included in publications with other artists that you admire validates your own position further” Diana Copperwhite ARHA, artist.  

Arthur Cox have developed this collection modestly and gradually over time. In doing so, they have created a collection with many layers of value to their organisation. Combined with Arthur Cox’s other sponsorship and CSR activity in the arts, it represents a sustained and significant commitment to the arts.

We look forward to seeing Arthur Cox’s art collection evolve in years to come.

Gerard McNaughton,, Helen Carroll, Rachel Hussey and Andrew Hetherington at Arthur Cox. Photograph by Jason Clarke

Gerard McNaughton, Helen Carroll, Rachel Hussey and Andrew Hetherington at Arthur Cox. Photograph by Jason Clarke

Thank you to Brian O’Gorman, Rachel Hussey, Jean Maxwell and Anne Frain of Arthur Cox for supporting our 30th Anniversary programme. Thank you to our former colleague Margarita Vasquez who worked closely with Arthur Cox on their collection.

If you would like to learn more about how you can build a corporate art collection, one of the Business to Arts team would be happy to talk you. Contact Eileen here.

 

Simone Macleod-Nairn Executive Director, Head of HR and Corporate Resources at Irish Life Appointed To The Board Of Business To Arts

April 17th, 2018
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We are delighted to announce that Simone Macleod-Nairn has been appointed to the board of Business to Arts. Simone was born in Ireland and educated in the US and Ireland. She returned to Ireland in 2017 to join Irish Life as Executive Director, Head of HR and Corporate Resources, following a successful career in the UK. Simone has a strong track record supporting major Financial Services companies to develop and deliver their people strategy, most recently in HSBC, and prior to that in Standard Bank, ABN AMRO, and Merrill Lynch. She has a Postgraduate in HR Strategies and Development (Incl. CIPD) from the London Guildhall University.

Teresa McColgan, Partner at PwC Appointed To The Board Of Business To Arts

April 9th, 2018

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We are delighted to announce that Teresa McColgan has been appointed to the board of Business to Arts.Teresa is a tax partner in PwC’s Private Business Services group, where her clients include family businesses and law firms. She is the Irish lead for PwC’s Global Family Business NextGen Club, an international network of young professionals, entrepreneurs and successors in family businesses, and is a key member of the team managing PwC’s partnership with the Centre for Family Business in DCU.

Teresa also leads PwC Ireland’s not-for profit practice, working with a broad cross-section of the sector from business associations to charities, including educational and health institutions. She is a member of the Statutory Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charitable Organisations established in 2017 by the Irish Charities Regulatory Authority.

An accountant (FCCA) and tax adviser (CTA), Teresa is also a Chartered Director.  She has been a board member of Concern Worldwide since 2009, and chairs its Finance Committee.

2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Call for Nominations now open

March 15th, 2018
Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

Kerrie Patten, dancer with Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz & Andrew Hetherington

Today, Business to Arts and Allianz launched the call for nominations for the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards which celebrate the unique opportunities that business engagement with the arts provides. At the awards launch, Business to Arts and Allianz encouraged businesses from across Ireland to deepen their relationships with the cultural community and create meaningful partnerships which benefit the arts, business stakeholders and the Irish public. Previous award winners include Accenture, ESB, Bord Gáis Energy, Dublin Port Company and Bank of Ireland.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and Allianz’s 18th anniversary of involvement and sponsorship of the awards. Allianz is encouraging the business community to become involved again this year and to support and celebrate creative talent across Ireland. There are 10 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training and staff programs. The online application form can be accessed through www.businesstoarts.ie/awards.

This year also sees the 11th year of the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, which is open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. Previous winners include Irish Times Irish Theatre Award nominee Clare Monnelly (theatre), pianist Máire Carroll (music), ballet dancer Gearóid Solan (dance) & sculptor Alva Gallagher (visual art).

Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“We are privileged to support the 27th Business to Arts Awards which represent the importance of co-creation and relationship building between businesses and the arts community across Ireland. Allianz has always been a strong advocate of creative partnerships between corporate and arts groups and it’s most inspiring to see the diversity and calibre of business-supported arts initiatives continue to flourish year after year. We look forward to seeing what this year’s award nominations have in store and encourage interested businesses and arts groups throughout the country to get involved.”

 Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise best practice creative partnerships between businesses and the arts. In 2018, Business to Arts celebrate our 30th Anniversary and during this special year, it is vital to celebrate the best relationships that set new standards for arts and businesses. We look forward to reading you narrative. Over recent years, an increasing number of corporate organisations are turning to creativity and the arts to help communicate social and environmental issues. As funding patterns continue to evolve in the cultural sector we look forward to celebrating and recognising world-class partnerships at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sept 4th.”

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, May 8th 2018 at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/awards for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

 

 

 

 

Dublin Airport Launches Creative Journeys Partnership With NCAD

March 12th, 2018
Business to Arts Chief Executive Andrew Hetherington, NCAD Director Sarah Glennie and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison pictured at the launch of Creative Journeys and seen through Isabel Nolan’s Turning Point sculpture at Terminal 2

Business to Arts Chief Executive Andrew Hetherington, NCAD Director Sarah Glennie and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison pictured at the launch of Creative Journeys, seen through Isabel Nolan’s Turning Point sculpture at Terminal 2

Dublin Airport has agreed a new partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin aimed at bringing an enhanced public art programme to the airport.

The two-year Creative Journeys partnership will enable NCAD students, past and present, to showcase their ideas and work to an international audience, and will provide Dublin Airport passengers with a unique perspective into contemporary Irish art.

Supported by Business to Arts, this new partnership will deliver a full public art programme at Dublin Airport over the next two years. Seven sites have been chosen across the airport campus to host works within Creative Journeys. The sites are located in landside and airside areas to allow both departing and arriving passengers to view the works of art. This will enable members of the public who are at the airport but not travelling to view some of the installations.

The first art work within the Creative Journeys programme will be installed later this month and during the two-year programme each location will house several different works of art.

“Providing a world-class passenger experience is a constant goal at Dublin Airport and the visual environment at the airport plays a key role in this,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“Dublin Airport provides the first welcome and last goodbye to the island of Ireland for tens of millions of people every year, and Creative Journeys will provide a wonderful showcase opportunity for the creative talents of talented NCAD artists and graduates based here and who are inspired by their surroundings on a daily basis,” Mr Harrison added.

“Creative Journeys is part of a wider programme to help Dublin Airport provide an experience that is engaging and memorable, but also one that also creates a unique sense of place. Dublin Airport is proud to partner with NCAD, which fosters and inspires Ireland’s future artists.”

Over the past year, Dublin Airport and Business to Arts worked together to design a process to enable arts organisations to bid to become involved in the project. An open call process was held to identify potential partners for the public art programme. Interest was strong, with initial submissions from a number of agencies and organisations.

NCAD was eventually selected as Dublin Airport’s partner for the project. “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Dublin Airport on Creative Journeys,” said NCAD Director Sarah Glennie.

“This project creates a fantastic opportunity for a wide public to experience some of the great work that is happening in NCAD and for NCAD students to gain invaluable experience of presenting their work in a highly public space. Ireland’s creative sector represents an ambitious and internationally connected wealth of talent and NCAD is delighted to be able to give visitors to Dublin Airport an opportunity to experience at first hand work by our emerging creative practitioners.”

NCAD has four schools: Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture, with more than 1,000 full time students and a further 600 students who take evening courses. Three NCAD academics Derek McGarry (Head of Innovation and Engagement), Alex Milton (Head of School of Design) and Philip Napier (Head of School of Fine Art) will now work with Dublin Airport and Business to Arts around concepts and plans for the proposed sites across the airport campus.

“Dublin Airport and NCAD are both long-term supporters of Business to Arts and we have worked with their respective teams and celebrated their individual art programmes, commissions and sponsorships over many years,” said Business to Arts Chief Executive Andrew Hetherington.

“I am particularly proud that this is one of the first, new partnership announcements during Business to Arts’ 30th Anniversary. I can’t wait to see the unusual and beautiful installations that will create conversations at Dublin Airport, which is the premier location to showcase Ireland’s diverse art and design talent. This new partnership will build on Dublin Airport’s recent collaborations with the Abbey Theatre, ID2015 and the Dublin Theatre Festival. Art has the power to change the dynamic of a space, enhancing the overall airport experience and we look forward to watching people engage with the installations.”

Dublin Airport and daa have been supporters of the arts for many decades. daa has commissioned the award sculpture for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards for almost 30 years – one of the longest-running corporate art commissions in Ireland. An Irish artist is selected each year and previous commissions include Cara Murphy, Seamus Gill, Felim Egan, and Grace Weir.

Dublin Airport is also home to the iconic Turning Point by Isabel Nolan, which was commissioned by daa in 2010 and is situated at the heart of Terminal 2. in Dublin Airport. The sculpture is one of Ireland’s most viewed and best-known pieces of art.

Dermot Egan – An Appreciation

March 6th, 2018

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It is with great sadness that Business to Arts writes this appreciation of our friend and former Chair, Dermot Egan. Dermot died on 16 December 2017.

While working with AIB, Dermot convened the very first meeting of Cothú – The Irish Business Council for Arts & Heritage (now named Business to Arts) in February 1988. He did this with a group of peers from a mix of Irish companies including  Bank of Ireland, Irish Shell, The Jones Group, Aer Rianta, Coyle Hamilton and Clancourt Investments. By August 1988, Cothú was established as a membership-based charitable organisation.

Dermot was inaugural Chair of Cothú from August 1988 to December 1993. During this time he was heavily involved in the establishment of the National ‘Arts Sponsor of the Year Awards’ (now named the Allianz Business to Arts Awards). He was also Cothu’s first Honorary President from December 1993 to December 1996. He was presented with a Life Fellowship of the Irish Management Institute in November 1996 and in 1997 Dermot was recognised by his peers for his seminal role in the establishment of Cothú.

Dermot was also a Chair of the National Concert Hall (serving as a NCH board member between 1996 – 2011) and a non-executive director of Wilson Hartnell.

On behalf of all involved with Business to Arts we extend our sympathy to his wife Noreen and her family.

Gerard McNaughton, Chair, Business to Arts
Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts 

You can read a little more about Dermot Egan here.

Women On Walls at RCSI – Open Call

March 1st, 2018
Avril Hutch PhD, Head of Equality & Diversity, RCSI, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, Accenture Ireland, Professor John Hyland, President, RCSI, and Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland

Avril Hutch PhD, Head of Equality & Diversity, RCSI, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, Accenture Ireland, Professor John Hyland, President, RCSI, and Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland

Open Call to Artists for Women on Walls at RCSI in Partnership with Accenture Launched 

Campaign will celebrate historical female leaders in medicine

Business to Arts are delighted to announce RCSI’s open call to artists for a series of new portraits of historical female leaders in medicine. Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture will recognise the pioneering achievements of a group of extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in medicine. The new portraits will be hung in the Board Room of RCSI’s historic building on St. Stephen’s Green.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Professor Cathal Kelly, RCSI CEO said: “Gender diversity is core to our ethos at RCSI and we are proud to be associated with women who broke boundaries to become leaders in medicine. (Emily) Winifred Dickson, for example, became the first female Fellow of RCSI in 1893, making her the first female Fellow of any of the surgical Royal Colleges in Britain and Ireland”.

“Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture will bring the legacy of these women to life, providing a platform to celebrate their contributions and raise the visibility of the role of women in medicine. We are delighted to be working with Accenture and Business to Arts on this important campaign and we look forward to seeing the completed portraits hang in our historic St Stephen’s Green building”, added Professor Kelly.

Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director, Accenture Ireland added: “We are very pleased that RCSI is joining the Women on Walls campaign by commissioning portraits of eight exceptional female medical pioneers for the walls of their remarkable building at St Stephen’s Green. The powerful public reaction to what started out only two years ago has surpassed all our expectations. This next chapter of Women on Walls is about changing how we look at gender inequality, ensuring that the next generation can be inspired by the last.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts said: “We are proud to work with RCSI and Accenture on the next phase of the Women on Walls Campaign. Celebrating the lives and achievements of these incredible women through portraiture continues our mission to make Ireland’s female academic and industry leaders visible. This is the largest portrait commission series that Business to Arts has been involved with and we cannot wait to see what is created. Art is a powerful means of visual communication and these portrait commissions will be seen by people for generations to come.”

RCSI is committed to promoting gender equality among staff and students for the advancement of the College’s mission to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health. RCSI is a signatory of Athena Swan, a Charter that recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality and enables representation, progression and success for all.

Women on Walls is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Accenture’s Women on Walls began in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy.

Artists are welcome to submit a proposal to Business to Arts before 5pm on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. It is anticipated that the successful artists will be selected in June and that the completed artworks would be launched in Spring 2019.

Further information is available here.

WALKERS & BUSINESS TO ARTS ANNOUNCE KATE NOLAN AS WALKERS PHOTOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE AT CBS WESTLAND ROW

February 8th, 2018
Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers; Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence & Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year students Casey Swaine & Yung Kien Chong of CBS Westland Row.

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers; Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence & Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year students Casey Swaine & Yung Kien Chong of CBS Westland Row

Business to Arts and financial services law firm, Walkers, have today announced Irish photographer Kate Nolan as the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. This new and unique residency sees Kate work with transition year students at CBS Westland Row and Walkers staff to develop their creativity and photographic skills.

Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin. Drawn to “in-between” places, she is intrigued by the effects of shifting histories of areas in flux. Nolan collaborates with local communities over extended periods to give voice to these changes through the combination of their stories and her images. Through her work, she begins to highlight the latent contradictions and tenuous relationships between political borders and cultural identity. Nolan’s work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections in Japan, USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, UK and Ireland.

Docklands Story Walks

The residency includes a series of workshops, where Kate will introduce documentary photography to CBS Westland Row transition year students through ‘story walks’ of the Docklands. These workshops will be led by the students themselves, who will select the locations to be photographed. Each week students will explore a different theme, visually strategising their stories through photographic walks of the Docklands. On these walks, students will learn new technical skills and aesthetic decisions. The images created will be brought back to the classroom to discuss and combine with text. The aims of these workshops are for students to learn photographic technical skills, how to read a photograph and then be able to tell their stories through imagery.

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. The residency supports Business to Arts’ wider programme of activity, which promotes the Arts collaboratively with businesses, artists, audiences and communities.

Kate Nolan, Photographer-in-Residence on accepting the residency has stated:

“This residency gives me the chance to work with young people in their local area, giving them an opportunity to express themselves photographically, while I get to learn about the Docklands through their eyes. Through this collaboration with Walkers and CBS Westland Row I very much look forward to them inspiring the way I look at and create work around the Docklands.”

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

Kate Nolan is our first Walkers Photographer-in-Residence as part of the Docklands Arts Fund. This collaboration between Kate, the students of CBS Westland Row and Walkers staff will allow everyone involved to develop their photographic and creative skills, while documenting the Docklands area as it develops. We look forward to seeing how the students explore this unique area of the city and how they share their stories. The residency builds on projects funded across a variety of schools and organisations in the area through the Docklands Arts Fund”

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner at Walkers said:

“We are thrilled that Kate has agreed to take on this project.  The Docklands is such a vibrant area of Dublin and it will be fascinating to see how Kate and the students of CBS Westland Row, through the novel idea of ‘story walks’, capture all aspects of life in the area.”

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 (Part One): 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.

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