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2020 Business to Arts Awards

Regrettably due to the current pandemic we have decided to postpone the launch of the 2020 Business to Arts Awards. Our main priority is the safety & health of our society and supporting our members and affiliates as much as we can. We encourage businesses to maintain and enhance their support of the arts as we navigate these challenging times. We plan to launch our Awards in Autumn 2020 and will issue details of our Call for Nominations at that point.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and partners for their commitment and for moving with us. If you are an artist, arts/cultural organisation or business that would like to discuss your current partnerships or future opportunities please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team. We are maintaining a regularly updated central reference page for all COVID-19 related advice and opportunities as they become known to us, which you can access here.

The Business to Arts Awards champion outstanding relationships between business, artists and arts organisations. The Awards seek exceptional partnerships in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, training and events, staff programmes, CSR initiatives and community engagement.

2020 marks the 29th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards. This year also sees the 13th year of the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary for Artists, which will open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. Previous winners  include Catherine Creaney (portrait artists), Aisling O’Mara (playwright), Clare Monnelly (theatre), pianist Máire Carroll (music), ballet dancer Gearóid Solan (dance) & sculptor Alva Gallagher (visual art).

Award Category 2019 Winners

Best Use of Creativity in the Community


Algorithm & James Earley with various businesses for ‘Perpetua’

Best Creative Staff Engagement


Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice


McGarrell Reilly Group & Alva Gallagher for ‘Rise’

Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary


Catherine Creaney  

Community Art Award


SUBSET for ‘Grey Area Project’

daa €5,000 Arts Award


Fishamble: The New Play Company

Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value


Farmgate Café & the Munster Literature Centre for the ‘Farmgate Café National Poetry Award’

Best Long Term Partnership


Avolon & Royal Hibernian Academy for ‘Avolon Global Studio Award’

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value


Grant Thornton & National Concert Hall for ‘Female Conductor Programme’

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


Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle
Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment


Dublin Port Company for ‘Starboard Home Documentary’ with Moira Sweeney, Spirit Level Productions and South Paw Pictures, ‘In Our Veins’ with Bitter Like A Lemon & Abbey Theatre and ‘Dublin City Public Art Programme’


If you have any questions regarding the Business to Arts Awards, please contact the Business to Arts team by email on or call +353 1 662 9238 and they will be able to assist you.

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