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2022 Business to Arts Award winners are announced

September 20th, 2022
The 30th Anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards took place on Tuesday, 20th September and featured leading creatives and commissioning companies including Nadia J. Armstrong, Digital artist, Barialai Khoshal, Photographer, Louise O'Reilly, Business to Arts, Etain Seymour, Accenture, Lar Joye, Dublin Port Company, Anna McGowan, St Patrick’s Festival and Ben Barclay, Press Up Hospitality Group. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

The 30th Anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards took place on Tuesday, 20th September and featured leading creatives and commissioning companies including Nadia J. Armstrong, Digital artist, Barialai Khoshal, Photographer, Louise O’Reilly, Business to Arts, Etain Seymour, Accenture, Lar Joye, Dublin Port Company, Anna McGowan, St Patrick’s Festival and Ben Barclay, Press Up Hospitality Group. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

St. Patrick’s Festival & TikTok, Sample-Studios & Gurranabraher Credit Union, Zurich & National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery, Poetry Ireland & The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation, and Emmet Kane and John Sisk & Son were among the winners at the 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards last night.

This year’s winners proved that creative partnerships between the corporate and cultural sectors thrived under incredibly challenging conditions during lockdown. The winning partnerships showed ingenuity and agility in their approach, activation, delivery, and investment. 

Bursaries and monetary awards given on the night included the inaugural Accenture Digital Innovation in Art Bursary, which offers €10,000 to support an artist creating work exclusively in the digital space. It was awarded to Nadia J. Armstrong whose work engages with the symbiosis between human and machine using video and digital animation. 

The 14th Jim McNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary was awarded to Barialai Khoshhal, a photographer and refugee from Afghanistan whose work documents the lives of Afghani refugees as they arrive and live in Ireland.

The daa €5,000 Arts Award was awarded to That’s Life and Dublin Dance Festival for Bounce Club Night, a club night for adults with intellectual disabilities that offers a welcoming and safe space to dance and socialise with friends.

The Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists, and arts organisations that develop compelling creative partnerships. Shortlisted partnerships focus on arts sponsorship, philanthropy, commissioning of artists, and CSR initiatives, such as employee and community engagement. This year an exciting new bursary, the Accenture Digital Innovation in Art Bursary, was introduced to support an artist working exclusively in the digital space. 

 

The 2022 Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Award Category County Winners
Best Long-Term Partnership supported by The Irish Times

 

National Zurich & The National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery for Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize
Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by The Arts Council

 

National Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund
Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice supported by TileStyle

 

National ESB & Fishamble: The New Play Company for ‘Tiny Plays for a Brighter Future’
Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary

 

Dublin Barialai Khoshhal
Best Large Sponsorship supported by Arthur Cox

 

National TikTok & St. Patrick’s Festival for ‘Solas’
Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life

 

Dublin Poetry Ireland & The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation for ‘Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence’
Best Small Sponsorship

 

Cork Sample-Studios & Gurranabraher Credit Union for ‘Photogo’
Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace supported by ESB

 

Dublin John Sisk & Son & Emmet Kane
Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture

 

Wexford Wexford Festival Opera & PwC, Danone, Arachas Insurance, & Datapac
Accenture €10,000 Digital Innovation in Art Bursary

 

Dublin Nadia J. Armstrong
daa €5,000 Arts Award Dublin Dublin Dance Festival & That’s Life for ‘Bounce Club Night’

Leading the congratulations among business and arts leaders at the National Concert Hall was Catherine Martin T.D. 

Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said: 

“I am pleased to congratulate the winners of this landmark 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards. This year’s partnerships mark not only a long history of corporate-cultural partnerships but a remarkable strength in the face of adversity during the depths of the pandemic. We hope to see many more cross-sectoral partnerships continue to flourish and receive recognition at the Business to Arts Awards.”

 

Louise O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said: 

“These winners all demonstrate the real power in partnership across sectors and disciplines, and through challenging times. Whether it be a dance club for people with intellectual difficulties, or salving the soul of inner-city communities through shared spoken word, or igniting discussion of our collective future on earth or in the digital realm, these endeavours have been enabled and empowered by visionary partners in both business and arts. I was overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness of so many entries arising from a time of lockdown – the passion and perseverance of our arts sector in Ireland is a model for all.”

 

Etain Seymour, Director of Marketing and Communications at Accenture in Ireland said: 

“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to all the winners this year. As ever, the submissions were of an incredibly high standard, showcasing a diverse and innovative approach to creative partnerships. We’re proud to offer the first Accenture Digital Innovation in Art Bursary to Nadia J. Armstrong. Nadia’s impressive work truly encapsulates the power of technology and human ingenuity working together.”

 

Orla O’Connor, Chair, Arthur Cox said: 

“We are very pleased to continue our support of Ireland’s arts community through our partnership with Business to Arts. Congratulations to all the nominees and special congratulations to the winner of our category, St. Patrick’s Festival and TikTok for their innovative and cutting-edge Solas project. Once again it’s been a privilege to see such worthwhile submissions from organisations around the country, reinforcing the importance of partnership to maintaining our vibrant and engaged arts sector.”

 

Oisin O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Irish Life Corporate Business said:

“Irish people are natural-born storytellers and our poets are some of the finest contributors to world literature. Irish Life would like to congratulate Poetry Ireland & The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation for the ‘Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet-in-Residence’ initiative. Their chosen partnerships and innovative approach to sparking engagement with poetry in diverse communities is the definition of creativity.”

 

Marguerite Sayers, Deputy Chief Executive, ESB said: 

“As a long-term patron of the arts, we appreciate the vital role that artists can play in engaging communities and stimulating innovation and creativity. We are proud to support the Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace, which celebrates an arts project that brings creativity into the workplace and engages staff and other audiences in a meaningful and impactful way.” 

 

Paul Mulvaney, Managing Director, The Irish Times Group said:

“Congratulations to Zurich & The National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery. The Irish Times Group is proud to support the Best Long Term Partnership Award and is delighted to celebrate the success of Zurich Portrait Prize which this year has seen 26 artists shortlisted for the prestigious award. Congratulations to them and to the 20 young artists aged from just 4 to 18 shortlisted for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize. This partnership is a great example of how a long term commitment to a project can support and celebrate the work of artists.”

 

Gerry Butler, Managing Director, TileStyle said:

“As long-standing supporters of Business to Arts and the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice, TileStyle is delighted to congratulate ESB and Fishamble: The New Play Company on their exceptional and timely project. Commissioning art to address important and complex concepts helps us to connect and understand, something that both this project and this year’s TileStyle Artist’s Bursary winner, Barialai Khoshhal make clear. We look forward to seeing what they do next and are pleased to have recognised their work this year.”

 

Martin O’Sullivan, Deputy Director, Arts Council said:

“The Arts Council is delighted to be able to again support the Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts Award.  The importance of philanthropic giving to the arts has never been so important and the shortlist of award winners is indicative of the developing strong commitment to arts philanthropy. It also proves inspirational to all recipients and other potential donors alike.”

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