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2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Call for Nominations now live

March 14th, 2019
THE 2019 ALLIANZ BUSINESS TO ARTS AWARDS SET SAIL : Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. The awards take place on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and celebrate creative partnerships including sponsorships, commissioning, staff and community engagement between the arts and business across Ireland. The deadline for applications is May 1st. For more detail see Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Today, Business to Arts and Allianz launched the call for nominations for the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which champions 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 explore and strengthen their relationships with the cultural community and create meaningful partnerships. Previous award winners include Accenture, Bord Gáis Energy, Dublin Port Company, ESB and Bank of Ireland.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and Allianz’s 19th 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 11 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training and staff programs. The online entry form can be accessed through

This year also sees the 12th year of the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, which is open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. Previous winners include Aisling O’Mara (playwright), Clare Monnelly (theatre), pianist Máire Carroll (music), ballet dancer Gearóid Solan (dance) & sculptor Alva Gallagher (visual art).

Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“The 28th Allianz Business to Arts Awards represents the crucial importance of the co-creative relationship between businesses and the arts community across Ireland.  Over the last 28 years, we have seen inspiring examples of business and artistic engagement creating truly unique moments of courageous expression for communities and artists with a new voice or message.

Allianz continues to be a strong advocate of creative partnerships between business and the arts, and the courage and dedication it takes to make these initiatives flourish. We look forward to this year’s award nominations and encourage businesses and arts groups throughout the country to get involved.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“In 2019, we look forward to recognising the exceptional creative partnerships that exist throughout Ireland between the business and arts communities. Alongside our partner Allianz, our Awards and mission is to encourage business leaders to consider the arts as a powerful and creative way to enhance community relations and to communicate social issues. We look to recognise these best-in-class relationships on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre”.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, May 1st 2019 at 5pm. Go to for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

McGarrell Reilly Group & Business to Arts unveil new glass sculpture ‘Rise’ by artist Alva Gallagher at the Sharp Building

January 22nd, 2019
Sean Reilly, Executive Chairman, McGarrell Reilly unveils ‘Rise’ a new glass sculpture commission installed at the Sharp Building on Hogan Place with artist Alva Gallagher; Photo: Jason Clarke

Sean Reilly, Executive Chairman, McGarrell Reilly unveils ‘Rise’ a new glass sculpture commission installed at the Sharp Building on Hogan Place with artist Alva Gallagher; Photo: Jason Clarke

The McGarrell Reilly Group and Business to Arts have unveiled a new piece of sculpture named ‘Rise’ by artist Alva Gallagher. Gallagher was commissioned to create the new artwork having been selected after an Open Call to Irish and international artists for ‘The Sharp Building Commission’.

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

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

Alva Gallagher hails from the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal and said:

“I am so honoured to be the selected artist for The Sharp Building commission and to have my work interwoven into this stunning new landmark building in Dublin’s urban landscape. I am thrilled to have worked along side the Mc Garrell Reilly team, Business to Arts and G&S Stainless Services Ltd and to now see my piece ‘Rise’ ascending within the unique contemporary aesthetic of the Sharp Building as a modern sculptural portrait to signify the evolving future of the City that the Sharp Building exudes.“

Deirdre Reilly, McGarrell Reilly Group states:

“McGarrell Reilly are very proud of the Sharp Building and we decided that it would be fitting to have an impressive work of art to showcase on this prominent street corner. We are delighted and proud to commission the wonderful renowned Irish visual artist, Alva Gallagher, to create an original, fitting and beautiful glass sculpture to showcase in the Sharp Building for the benefit of all who will work here and those passing by on the street.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:

“We have been so impressed with the approach Alva and McGarrell Reilly have taken with this commission. This beautiful new glass and stainless steel artwork continues McGarrell Reilly’s tradition of incorporating artwork into new buildings during their construction phase. ‘Rise’ is magnificent and those working, living and commuting in the Docklands will be able to experience the ceiling sculpture as they pass the Sharp Building.”

If you are a business interested in commissioning an artist contact


Eileen Hanratty appointed Senior Manager – Membership & Projects

January 9th, 2019
Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe

Eileen Hanratty. Picture by Conor McCabe

Business to Arts are very happy to announce that Eileen Hanratty has been appointed Senior Manager – Membership & Projects. Eileen rejoined Business to Arts in 2016 as Membership & Project Manager having returned from Canada where she worked as Co-ordinator of Annual Programs & Patron Engagement at the Canadian Opera Company and VIP Ticket Executive at the Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2019, after a period of sustained membership growth, she has been promoted to Senior Manager – Membership & Projects.

In this role, Eileen is responsible for developing our Corporate Membership offering. This includes the expansion of our Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme and the oversight of our advisory services which engage many businesses and individuals in funding quality arts projects.

Eileen’s expertise lies in the areas of high-level member servicing, working with the Business to Arts team to deliver our members’ events programme, and collaboratively working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance sponsorship and CSR strategies. Read more here.


2018 Allianz Business to Arts Sponsorship Report provides key insights into Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Industry in Ireland

November 20th, 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, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO & Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

Today, Allianz and Business to Arts published the 2018 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report, following on from the success of the recent 27th Allianz Business to Arts Awards held at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in September. The annual report, launched at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), was published by Business to Arts from data supplied by sponsorship and marketing managers from the corporate and cultural sector during the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards campaign. This report adds to the membership organisation’s research and insight services providing an enhanced layer of insight and analysis for sponsors, rights holders and the public about this segment of the sponsorship market.

The report looks at sponsorship objectives that differentiate the arts, festivals and music over other types of sponsorship areas. It looks at sponsorships that are both one-off event relationships or multi-annual partnerships; sponsorship spend between 2017 and 2018, as well as anticipated spend in 2019; methods used to activate relationships and how success is measured.

Key outputs include:

  • Sponsors would choose an arts sponsorship over another type of sponsorship because it increases awareness of an organisations brand (80%); engages staff (78%) or creates unique events/experiences for a variety of stakeholders (78%) than other types of sponsorship
  • The most popular forms of activating sponsorships in the arts, festivals and music include branded signage, PR, printed literature, advertising (88%), digital campaign’s (72%) and staff engagement activities (67%)
  • Sponsors surveyed report that in 2019, 42% will increase their spend
  • All respondents were asked to nominate brands that they feel are best-in-class in their engagements with culture, and Accenture, Audi, Dublin Airport, ESB/Electric Ireland, Bord Gáis Energy are among those identified

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts stated:

“It is vital and encouraging, to see that 92% of respondents say that their sponsorship spend will remain the same or increase in 2019. The data analysed reflects a degree of mixed sentiment in the arts, festival and music sponsorship market, particularly as Brexit fast approaches. Trends point to an increase in staff engagement and digital activation of creative partnerships.  In 2019, we look forward to working with our partners to broker, enable and support partnerships.”

Sean McGrath, Chief Executive of Allianz Ireland, said:

“As title sponsor of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards we are delighted to partner the publication of the Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report 2018.  We welcome its many insights on the significant collaboration benefits generated when our business and artistic communities collaborate – not just for themselves, but for their communities and for society at large.  Business to Arts is to be commended for brokering, enabling and supporting these partnerships and for having the foresight to collect and publish the experiences, learnings and insights of those who have successfully participated in the 2018 projects.”    

Read the report here.

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