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Our members' events programme brings together our unique network to forge new connections, share sectoral knowledge, and access exclusive cultural experiences.

Felispeaks performing at the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photo: Conor McCabe

Felispeaks performing at the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photo: Conor McCabe

We bring you highlights, previews, or special guests from across the breadth of the Irish arts scene, giving you plenty to talk about and good networking to boot!

If you are an arts member who would like to propose a unique offering for our events programme, get in touch.

If you are a business member, talk to us about designing your own bespoke corporate event with an arts focus.

If you would like to sign up as a member of Business to Arts to access our private members events, please see our various membership levels here.

Recent Member Events

Pictured left to right:Letitia Stepenske, Assistant Principal Officer, Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Cecelia Molumby, Development Officer, Sing Ireland, Niall Cleary, CEO & Creative Director, Graffiti Theatre, Louise O'Reilly, Chief Exec, Business to Arts

Pictured left to right:Letitia Stepenske, Assistant Principal Officer, Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Cecelia Molumby, Development Officer, Sing Ireland, Niall Cleary, CEO & Creative Director, Graffiti Theatre, Louise O'Reilly, Chief Exec, Business to Arts

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Fundraising Fellowship Ireland 2022-2024 Graduation

15 May 2024

On May 15, we were delighted to celebrate Graffiti Theatre and Sing Ireland, along with guests, at the graduation of Fundraising Fellowship Ireland 2022 - 2024. 

The graduation was introduced by a brilliant panel discussion on the current context for private investment in the arts, with Fiona Kearney, Director, The Glucksman, Dr.Ian Flanagan, Chief Executive Munster Rugby, Barney Whelan, Chair, Cork International Film Festival and Siobhan Howe, Senior Client Director, AM O'Sullivan PR providing sharp insights from their critical perspectives for the graduating Fellows and the assembled guests.

The graduation continued with uplifting presentations from our graduating Fellowship organisations on their experience of the Fellowship and their momentum for the future.

The programme, a partnership between Business to Arts and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, provides a structured training and mentorship programme to the selected fellows over two years.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland seeks to address the lack of human resources dedicated to fundraising facing the cultural sector and to build on previous investments by cultural organisations in their strategic planning and fundraising.

Collage of old photographs of the mother of artist Asbestos, the subject of the documentary Don't Forget to Remember

Collage of old photographs of the mother of artist Asbestos, the subject of the documentary Don't Forget to Remember

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Don't Forget to Remember at Dublin International Film Festival

26 February 2024

We were excited to share an extraordinary Irish film premiere with our members: ‘Don’t Forget to Remember’, a creative collaboration between the artist Asbestos and film director Ross Killeen at this year's Dublin International Film Festival. An emotive human story, Killeen’s unconventional documentary is a moving exploration of the grieving process for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. Considering the simultaneous fragility and fortitude of memory, it concludes that we can never truly lose our loved ones as long as we remember them.

Following an audience Q&A, our members enjoyed a private drinks reception and a chance to meet with the director and artist in person. Our members fell into deep conversations with each other about our own experiences with loss, memory, family, and more. A really special evening. This film went on to win the Audience Award at DIFF 2024. 

Artist Asha Murray with her textile installation at IMMA

Artist Asha Murray with her textile installation at IMMA

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Private Tour of the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition at IMMA

29 February 2024

At Business to Arts, we aim to improve our business members' understanding of the importance of supporting emerging artists through collecting, bursaries, or the exhibition of their work. The RDS Visual Arts Awards is one of the most important platforms for visual art graduates in Ireland with a significant prize fund of over €35,000, as well as vital exposure for emerging visual artists as they move into early professional practice. For the first time this year, the selected artists are being exhibited at IMMA, an amazing opportunity so soon out of college.

Our private evening for members included a drinks and canapé networking reception, with introductions from IMMA, the RDS Foundation, and Business to Arts, and a guided highlights tour of the VAA exhibition by artist and curator Elaine Hoey. We were delighted that a number of the exhibiting artists joined many of our business members interested in corporate and private art collecting on the evening, and many rich and rewarding conversations were stimulated, and connections made.

Childrens Chorus in INOs production of La bohème 2023 photo Ros Kavanagh
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Irish National Opera Future Leaders Network in association with Business to Arts

23 November 2023

Irish National Opera launched its new Future Leaders’ Network initiative at the Clayton Hotel on Cardiff Lane, in partnership with Spencer Lennox, and in association with Business to Arts.

This initiative is aimed at young professionals across a variety of industries looking for an enjoyable way to expand their professional network, empowering them to forge meaningful connections that can open doors to new opportunities, enhance their skill set, and broaden their perspective – all while enjoying a world-class opera performance!

At a drinks and canapé reception in the Clayton Hotel, special guest Angela Burke, a career consultant who is passionate about helping people navigate their work and career with clarity, confidence, and personal alignment spoke to the group about the importance and power of a strong network. 

INO Artistic Director Fergus Sheil have a fantastic insider introduction to the opera, La bohème, before guests who availed of the amazing discounted tickets headed over to Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre for the show. 

The 2023 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC discussed ‘Reimaging the City for a Hybrid Workforce’ with panellists Niall Gaffney, Chief Executive, IPUT; Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation; Neil Freshwater, CEO, Zurich Insurance and Willie White, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Dublin Theatre Festival. Journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald, moderated discussions.

The 2023 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC discussed ‘Reimaging the City for a Hybrid Workforce’ with panellists Niall Gaffney, Chief Executive, IPUT; Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation; Neil Freshwater, CEO, Zurich Insurance and Willie White, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Dublin Theatre Festival. Journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald, moderated discussions.

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2023 Business to Arts Leadership Forum in association with PwC

09 November 2023

Our annual thought leadership breakfast panel (previously the CEO Forum) moderated by journalist Dearbhail McDonald, convenes leaders from the corporate and cultural sectors in Ireland to share their insights and approaches to cross-cutting strategic issues.

The 2023 Business to Arts Leadership Forum, in association with PwC Ireland, took place on 9th Nov 2023, 7.30-9.30am on the topic of Transformation.

Exclusive to Business to Arts members, the theme of this not-to-be-missed networking breakfast and panel discussion is 'Innovation Meets Creativity: Driving Change Together'.

What does it take to succeed in challenging times? To turn threats into opportunities? To lead with purpose and passion? 

We learned how Ireland's most innovative corporate and cultural organisations have developed transformative visions, engaged stakeholders, and unlocked the full potential of their organisations to future-proof, grow, and drive societal change.

A dynamic room of leaders across the business and arts landscape gained valuable insights into navigating complex challenges, embracing risk, and fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration that drives sustainable change.

Tom Donnellan, CEO, Bord na Móna

From Brown to Green’ - one of Ireland’s greatest transformation stories, Tom led Bord na Móna from the brink of failure as a fossil fuel company to a hugely successful climate solutions company.

Annie Fletcher, Director, IMMA


IMMA reimagines 'the museum' as an open and participatory space that connects people to contemporary life through art.

David Lee, Chief Technological Officer and Technology Practice Lead, PWC Ireland


David’s 30+ years advising companies on navigating challenges through transformation brought us significant insights.

Dr. Orla MacDonagh, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, TUD


Orla is playing a key leadership role at the forefront of higher education transformation and will share what it takes to lead a large and diverse institution through immense organisational and structural change.

Non-Members: If you wish to attend these kind of thought leadership events, but are not yet a Business to Arts member contact membership@businesstoarts.ie.

Previous themes:

  • 2022 ‘Reimagining the City for a Hybrid Workforce’
  • 2021 ‘Sustainability in Focus’
  • 2020 ‘Resilience & Stabilisation’
  • 2019 ‘Empowering the Consumer through Digital Technology'

Panelists have included David McRedmond, CEO, An Post, Virginia Teehan, Director, Heritage Council, Liam Kavanagh, former Managing Editor, Irish Times, Tania Banotti, Director, Creative Ireland, Muirne Laffan, former Chief Digital Officer, RTÉ, Maureen Kennelly, Director, Arts Council, and Cathal Marley, former  CEO, Ervia.

ONE SONG by Miet Warlop
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An Evening at Dublin Theatre Festival with Clinch Wealth Management

13 October 2023

We were delighted to welcome our business members to a private drinks and canapé reception in the historic townhouse, Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street to hear from the Festival Director and leading artists from this year's Festival, before we headed into the O'Reilly Theatre for an extraordinary performance from one of Europe's most celebrated avant-garde directors, Miet Warlop, in a show about how one simple song can transform, hypnotize, and energize. 

After the show, our guests were welcomed to continue the festival buzz at the Festival Club just around the corner at the Gate Theatre, where we met many of the festival artists and continued enjoying themselves into the late hours. 

Tour of Photo Ireland Festival and Ireland Glass Biennale

Tour of Photo Ireland Festival and Ireland Glass Biennale

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Tour of PhotoIreland Festival and Ireland Glass Biennale at Dublin Castle

20 July 2023

We were first treated to an exclusive tour of the Ireland Glass Biennale led by Karen Donnellan, one of the four judges for the biennale selection, who shared their insights on the selection process and why this medium is so compelling and exciting at the moment. 

Then PhotoIreland's Director Ángel Luis González took our members through three different exhibitions that delved into the complexities of the African diaspora through a thought-provoking collection of contemporary photographs.

The largest of the three exhibits, "I See the Face of Things to Come," was curated exclusively for PhotoIreland Festival. This groundbreaking project brought together nearly 100 women and non-binary artists from the African diaspora who passionately engage with photography as a powerful tool for self-expression, activism, and reclamation.

Valerie Mulvin of McCullough Mulvin Architects presents ‘Join the Dots - 100 small ideas for sustainable change’ centred on the town of Mountrath in Co. Laois at Irish Architecture Fundation’s Housing Unlocked exhibition. Photo: Allen Kiely

Valerie Mulvin of McCullough Mulvin Architects presents ‘Join the Dots - 100 small ideas for sustainable change’ centred on the town of Mountrath in Co. Laois at Irish Architecture Fundation’s Housing Unlocked exhibition. Photo: Allen Kiely

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‘Designing the Future’ in association with the Irish Architecture Foundation

08 February 2022

We teamed up with the Irish Architecture Foundation to highlight architecture as an art form at their critically acclaimed Housing Unlocked exhibition, and used the opportunity to run a strategy consultation workshop to design our own future!

We kicked off the evening with a drinks and canapé reception followed by a short round-table consultation session on our five-year strategy, a topic which united our business and arts members with passionate discussion around the meaning and value of our work to their sectors and wider society. 

The main event of the evening was a highlights tour of the exhibition with IAF Director Nathalie Weadick and one of Ireland's foremost architects, Valerie Mulvin, of McCullough Mulvin. The tour saw strong audience engagement, igniting plenty of debate and discussion around the topic of housing and urban planning, perspectives sharing and food for thought. 

Guests from Helium Arts, The Everyman Theatre, UCC, and Graffiti Theatre enjoying the Crawford Sculpture Gallery at our Cork event. Photo: Clare Keogh

Guests from Helium Arts, The Everyman Theatre, UCC, and Graffiti Theatre enjoying the Crawford Sculpture Gallery at our Cork event. Photo: Clare Keogh

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‘An Evening to Celebrate the Power of Art to Engage and Connect’ in association with Cork International Film Festival

02 November 2022

We hosted our first Cork event for our Munster-based members with a reception in the stunning surroundings of the Sculpture Gallery at the Crawford Art Gallery. New connections abounded between arts and business members over a buzzy bubbles and canapé reception. 

The evening continued when we brought our guests to the Cork International Film Festival’s Opening Gala film ‘Aisha’, directed by Frank Berry, starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor, a truly moving film that struck a chord with our attendees. Our guests rounded the evening off at the Festival Club, where cultural conversations and connections continued to be made until late into the night. 

Actor Brendan Gleeson plays the mandolin with fiddle player and filmmaker Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, concertina player/dancer Caitlín Nic Gabhann, and fiddle player and Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive Liam O’Connor at the event ‘An Evening with Brendan O’Connor’ incollaboration with Business to Arts. Photo: Des Gallagher
Actor Brendan Gleeson plays the mandolin with fiddle player and filmmaker Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, concertina player/dancer Caitlín Nic Gabhann, and fiddle player and Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive Liam O’Connor at the event ‘An Evening with Brendan O’Connor’ incollaboration with Business to Arts. Photo: Des Gallagher
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‘An Evening with Brendan Gleeson’ in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive

03 November 2022

We invited members with an interest in traditional music and film to an exclusive night with leading Irish actor Brendan Gleeson of live music, discussion, and exclusive clips from Brendan’s new film in post-production ‘When the Music Stops’ - a love letter to Hughes’ Pub in Dublin 7, a former haven of the trad music scene.

We heard from Brendan, ITMA Director Liam O’Connor, fiddle player, and filmmaker Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and concertina player/dancer Caitlín Nic Gabhann about the legacy of Hughes’ and why this film was so important. Guests were then treated to an intimate gig followed by drinks and canapés and an opportunity to chat with the filmmaking team. 

Pictured was Louise O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Niall Gaffney, Chief Executive, IPUT, Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation, at Grand Canal Dock, typically a hub of both cultural and business activity in Dublin. O’Reilly, Gaffney, and Weadick took part in a discussion on ‘Reimagining the City for a Hybrid Workforce’ and the impact of the virtualisation of work on our cities as part of Business to Arts‘ CEO Forum in association with PwC.

Pictured was Louise O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Niall Gaffney, Chief Executive, IPUT, Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation, at Grand Canal Dock, typically a hub of both cultural and business activity in Dublin. O’Reilly, Gaffney, and Weadick took part in a discussion on ‘Reimagining the City for a Hybrid Workforce’ and the impact of the virtualisation of work on our cities as part of Business to Arts‘ CEO Forum in association with PwC.

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‘Reimagining the City for a Hybrid Workforce’ 2022 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC

10 November 2022

Our annual CEO Forum and Business Breakfast returned in person at PwC’s Spencer Dock in 2022. The topic ‘Reimagining the City with a Hybrid Workforce’ resonated deeply with both sides of our membership, with corporates keen to learn more about strategies to entice staff back into the office, and art organisations striving to encourage venue attendance. The desire to collaborate on designing strategies for the city to thrive was the key takeaway from the morning, with corporate and cultural leaders deep in conversation as the event ended.

A lively panel discussion included Niall Gaffney, Chief Executive of IPUT, Willie White, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dublin Theatre Festival, Neil Freshwater, CEO of Zurich, and Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation. The panel was moderated by journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald. 

Artist & illustrator, Fuchsia MacAree, speaks about her experience creating large-scale works, including a mural for the Google Data Centre, at Business to Arts’ ‘Placemaking’ event in partnership with Linesight and CBRE. Photo: Allen Kiely

Artist & illustrator, Fuchsia MacAree, speaks about her experience creating large-scale works, including a mural for the Google Data Centre, at Business to Arts’ ‘Placemaking’ event in partnership with Linesight and CBRE. Photo: Allen Kiely

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‘Placemaking: Supporting Artists, Enhancing Communities’ in association with Linesight and CBRE

15 June 2022

Collaborating with our Patrons Linesight and CBRE, we hosted a bespoke event for the property and construction industries with an exclusive reception, talk, and guided highlights tour of the RHA’s 192nd annual Summer Exhibition from our Curatorial Projects Manager Rachel Assaf, and we heard from artist Fuchsia MacAree about her illustration work to large-scale placemaking projects such as data centers and national schools. 

Dean Arts Studio resident Leah Hewson gives a studio tour to attendees during our April event to mark the Studios' launch. Photo: Killian Broderick

Dean Arts Studio resident Leah Hewson gives a studio tour to attendees during our April event to mark the Studios' launch. Photo: Killian Broderick

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Private preview tour of the Dean Arts Studios

06 April 2022

For our first in-person member’s event of 2022 we organised a first-look artist-led tour of the new Dean Arts Studios and exhibition from its first residents, artists Leah Hewson, Salvatore of Lucan, Brian Teeling, and Ruth Medjber.

Our members were welcomed to a reception in the newly refurbished gallery space and heard from our new CEO Louise O’Reilly, as well as Press Up CEO Ben Barclay, about the importance of contributing to Dublin’s cultural ecosystem with much-needed studio space. 

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