Archive for March, 2021

Business to Arts AGM 2023 Notice & Forms

March 9th, 2021

€711,850 Awarded to Artists and Arts Orgs

In keeping with our Memorandum and Articles of Association, below you will find notice of our AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 28 March 2023 at 6pm via Zoom Meeting. Please contact info(@) for joining details and to submit any Proxy Forms.

Please note that our AGM is a simple administrative process and lasts less than ten minutes.  You can download related documents on links below:

1. AGM Notice – AGM_2023_Notice_Signed

2. AGM Proxy Form – AGM PROXY FORM 2023

3. AGM – Directors Reports & Financial Statements (31/10/22)


A Summary of Our Impact in 2021-22

Business to Arts would not have the impact it has without your investment and support. Our membership base is our primary source of funds and without your subscription we would not achieve our mission. To give a recap on some of 2022’s activities:

    • As our members and affiliates emerged from the pandemic full of optimism and momentum, we ushered in a new era at Business to Arts by welcoming our new Chief Executive Louise O’Reilly in April.
    • We welcomed our members back in person for a series of behind-the-scenes and industry-focused events including a look at the new Dean Arts Studios, an event on placemaking for the construction industry in the RHA, an exclusive preview of THISISPOPBABY’s show WAKE for our Friends, an in-person 30th-anniversary Business to Arts Awards at the National Concert Hall, a CEO Forum in association with PwC highlighting the need to reimagine the city for a hybrid workforce, a unique event collaboration with the Irish Traditional Music Archive and actor Brendan Gleeson highlighting a new film they had produced celebrating the Irish traditional music scene, and finally an event at the Crawford Art Gallery and Cork Opera House for the Cork International Film Festival’s Opening Gala screening of Aisha.
    • We distributed €711,850 to the arts in 2021/22 through Arts Funds, bursaries, commissions, and grants. We also advised/supported many ongoing partnerships
    • We appointed two new Fundraising Fellows to our Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme, from Graffiti Theatre Company (Cork) and Sing Ireland (National). The Fellowship is a partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media
    • We also facilitated 10 commissions worth €123,000 for clients including RCSI, CBRE, Bank of Ireland, and An Post.
    • We continued to develop and manage a number of corporate art collections, including two new collections for new member Iconic Offices, as well as longer-term projects for Bank of Ireland and Irish Life.

On behalf of the Board and Executive of Business to Arts, we would like to thank you for your continued support. If you would like further information on our activities please do not hesitate to contact us.

Virtual unveil of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU

March 8th, 2021
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Accenture’s Women on Walls portraits arriving to the Stokes Building at DCU for installation. Credit: Conor McCabe

On International Women’s Day, Monday, March 8th 2021, a collection of commissioned portraits of five inspirational females from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were unveiled at the virtual launch of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU.

In collaboration with Accenture, DCU and Business to Arts, the portraits are in recognition of the ground-breaking work of Beatrice Alice Hicks (painted by Blaise Smith RHA), Katherine Johnson (painted by Jackie Hudson Lalor), Dr Marie Maynard Daly (painted by Bríd Higgins Ni Chinnéide) and Irish duo Kay McNulty (painted by Jim Fitzpatrick) and Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (painted by Una Sealy RHA).

The commissioned portraits will be temporarily installed in the Stokes Building at DCU before eventually moving to the Future-Tech building, under construction at the university’s Glasnevin Campus. This flagship building will be at the forefront of DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines.

This is the third chapter of Accenture’s Women on Walls, a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. The campaign commenced in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy, and a second chapter with RCSI was unveiled in 2019.

The DCU chapter was completed by five award-winning and renowned artists in 2020, and in the midst of COVID-19 which has impacted significantly on all sections of society, including the arts. DCU, renowned for its commitment to gender equality, is particularly pleased to support the initiative, to publicly commit to programming of the arts across the university and to pledge support to the arts sector as it charts its way through this global pandemic.

Commenting on the virtual unveiling Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said,

“We are privileged to support Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU portraiture commission. While COVID-19 has presented challenges for the completion of this edition of Women on Walls, they have been overcome, and we are proud to be able to unveil these five portraits created by some of Ireland’s leading portrait artists. We are equally proud to support DCU, who are continually building their reputation for programming of the arts. Commissioning artists to create new work is one of the vital ways businesses and other organisations can support the arts during and beyond the pandemic.”

To watch the virtual unveil of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU please click here.

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