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Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016 Shortlist Announced

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

 

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