Archive for July, 2016

Grant Recipients announced for Dockland Arts Fund Pilot Small Grants Open Call

July 28th, 2016

We are delighted to announce three Grant Recipients via the Docklands Art Fund Small Grants Open Call process.

The successful projects selected are as follows:

  • Oonagh Young Gallery, MONTO Arts programme in Docklands with artists Seoidin O’Sullivan & Mary Jo Gilligan
  • What is Drawing 2017 with Martina Galvin in St. Laurence O’Toole GNS, Dublin 1 & St. Patrick’s GNS, Dublin 4
  • Vanessa Daws, History of Swimming Sound Piece & Publication.

We received high levels of applications for consideration and were inspired to see the exceptional quality and diversity of project proposals received.

If you would like to stay up to date with future projects and open calls of this nature please sign up to our Arts Training newsletter here.

If you are a business, organisation or individual based in Dublin’s Docklands and would like to support the Docklands Arts Fund, please get in touch. For further information on the Fund see here.


Chris Judge Print - For Sale - Docklands Arts Fund

The award winning artist and illustrator Chris Judge created a drawing for a screen-print based on Dublin Docklands characters. This commission was made possible thanks to the support of Oaktree Capital, Target Investment Opportunities ICAV – South Docks Fund.

If you would like to buy Chris Judge’s Screenprint ‘A Shower of Dubs’, click to buy print here

For further information, please contact

Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016 Shortlist Announced

July 14th, 2016
Business to Arts 2016 Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Pictured Andrew Hetherington, Cara Murphy, Paul O’Kane Picture Conor McCabe Photography

The 25th Allianz Business to Arts Awards saw high levels of nominations from cultural events associated with 1916, expanding sponsorship portfolios and long-term partnerships which continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

Andrew Hetherington, states “2016 is a special commemorative year for Ireland and it marks the silver anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards. In our 25th year, we have received the highest number of applications to date, displaying the best examples of creative partnerships between corporates and cultural communities. We are inspired by the creativity, innovation and cost effectiveness demonstrated by the various nominations this year. These cultural partnerships cement our ethos, that when creativity and business acumen come together, astounding things can be achieved”

Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland agrees and adds “The Allianz Business to Arts Awards occupy a very special place in Irish Corporate and Artistic communities. The shortlist showcases the cultural, societal and economic dividends generated when the two collaborate for their own benefit and the benefit of society at large.  Allianz is proud to have facilitated this process for many years and in the 25th year of the awards is delighted to see how this very worthwhile initiative has evolved, grown and strengthened with each passing year”.

For the 25th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award was created by Northern Ireland artist Cara Murphy. ‘Destination’ consists of 25 silver birds in recognition of 25 years of the Business to Arts awards. The different flight paths of the birds symbolise business and the arts converging to work together, showing how creative ideas can manifest and take flight often dispersing and creating new opportunities and ideas.

The winners of the 2016 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on 19 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016 Shortlist:

 Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

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

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

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

 Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

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

Best Long Term Partnership

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

Best Use of Creativity in the Community

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

Best Creative Staff Engagement

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

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

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

 Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

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

Allianz Community Art Prize

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

For the silver anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, the awards sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s sculpture was created by Northern Ireland artist Cara Murphy. Cara created a beautiful silver winged form `Destination’, is a reference to how creative ideas can manifest and take flight, often dispersing and creating new opportunities and ideas.

Allianz Business to Arts Award 2016

‘Destination’ by Cara Murphy, commissioned by daa. Image by David Pauley


Membership Spotlight: The Doyle Collection

July 7th, 2016
NCAD Fashion Show 2016 - Eavan Butler

Design by Eavan Butler featured in the NCAD Fashion Show 2016 at The Westbury Hotel

Rising stars of Irish fashion design showcased at the annual NCAD Fashion Show held in The Westbury car park

The annual show presents an opportunity for graduating students to showcase their creative identities and their work processes as they begin their professional careers. This year’s show featured a range of collections, from highly conceptual garments to ready-to-wear, high-street designs.

Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at NCAD, commented: “NCAD’s annual fashion show has become a staple of Ireland’s design calendar and continues to be a leading fashion event. This year, holding our catwalk fashion show in the urban surroundings of The Westbury Hotel’s underground carpark further cements the positioning of NCAD as Ireland’s number one producer of cutting-edge fashion designers.”

“The annual Fashion Show serves as a springboard to launch the careers of our graduates and showcase the knowledge, skills and talent that our Fashion Design graduates have acquired and developed during their time in NCAD. We’re very excited about the innovation, quality of design and breadth of creativity that will be showcased at this year’s Fashion Show – it’s an exciting time for the fashion design industry in Ireland!”

For the second year running the event was supported by Brown Thomas, offering a bursary and mentorship to one student, chosen by Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery as the ‘Designer to Watch’. The prize consisted of a €4,000 bursary, an installation of designs in Create at Brown Thomas in July 2016 and also a mentoring programme with the management team.

The NCAD Fashion Show 2016 was also kindly sponsored by The Doyle Collection. The Westbury is part of The Doyle Collection. Pat King, CEO of The Doyle Collection commented, “We take great pleasure in supporting and nurturing Ireland’s emerging young fashion designers; this was reflected in our activities as corporate sponsor of ID2015, the year of Irish design. Following the success of last year’s NCAD graduate fashion show held in our beautiful Grafton Suite, we were extremely excited to be welcoming back the graduate students again this year and host the first-ever fashion show in the underground car park of The Westbury – this space created a cutting edge catwalk in Dublin’s metropolitan heart.”


NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea - The Westbury

NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Westbury

Supporters of arts, culture and design, Dublin’s luxury hotel The Westbury, launches an NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea

Nestled within the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter, The Westbury is renowned for its commitment to supporting the arts, culture and design. To celebrate The Westbury’s partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin’s premier hotel has launched the NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea. Served in the serene surroundings of The Gallery, guests will have the opportunity to sample exquisitely designed desserts inspired by some of Ireland’s budding fashion designers.

Executive Pastry Chef at The Westbury, Tatjana Upelniece-Kiselova drew her inspiration from five of NCAD’s third and fourth year students who focused their collections on Colour, Print, Pleating, Stitch and Construction.

An impressive fiery red ensemble infused with Colour created by Zoe Redmond, influenced Tatjana to draw on the bold colour choice with a sumptuous cherry macaroon with smooth velvet, mocha cream.

Eavan Butler’s sophisticated Prints took creative vision from Roy Lichtenstein’s famous pop art prints. Tatjana developed this idea, drawing on the citrus feel the outfit brings to create a lime, lemon and grapefruit tart, finished with a modern-day quote. Similarly, Construction by Laura Egan inspired an exotic piña colada entremets from the beautiful black and yellow dress based on fond childhood memories.

A delicate hand-decorated light and fresh blueberry, vanilla cake inspired by the Pleating in Ciana Keating’s ‘Beach Belle’ sky-blue, swimming dress. The delicate cloud-white linen motivated a fluffy, light dessert. The final look, Stitching, by John Burrows influenced Tatjana’s choice of a delicious chocolate and pistachio eclair, with a light raspberry panel to imitate the pastel pattern of the jacket.

Tatjana Upelniece-Kiselova described how she enjoyed creating and designing desserts; “As a pastry chef it is particularly important to pay attention to the finer details, as it is necessary to have a balance between both how the cakes and pastries resemble the NCAD fashion designers creations and how they will taste for our guests. It was a very exciting challenge to meet with the designers in their NCAD fashion studio and choose which from some of their amazing creations and decide which ones would translate best as a dessert. Overall, it was an incredible experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the NCAD fashion graduates, who have each created truly inspiring collections.”

Speaking about the partnership and afternoon tea Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at NCAD commented; “We are delighted to be working with The Doyle Collection and The Westbury and received a fantastic response from our recent graduate fashion show which was held in none other than the car park of The Westbury! The Doyle Collection’s support of art and culture singled them out as an ideal partner for the show. We are particularly excited to see how the work of our fashion graduates has inspired the creation of a new Afternoon Tea and we are interested to see how the use of different ingredients to develop textures, colours and shapes will rival the original designs.”

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