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Business to Arts announce artists participating in the AR Programme

October 22nd, 2019
Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of the businesses taking part in the match-funded Artist in Residence (AR) Programme with Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts were Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D with business participants Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Martina Westphal, Director of Community & Social, BHP Community beside artist James Kirwan's installation, Portal to a Vague Place.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D with business participants Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Martina Westphal, Managing Director, BHP Insurances beside artist James Kirwan’s installation, Portal to a Vague Place. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

We are delighted to announce the three artists who have been selected to participate in the AR Programme. The AR Programme is a partnership between Business to Arts and the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, working with businesses to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity. The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity, with programmes involving community engagement, staff engagement and work-place creative activities by the host companies and artists.

The AR Programme will see the following activity take place:

  • SOAR (success overcoming all resistance) is the ‘LK Shields AR Programme’ taking place in Galway city. Theatre practitioner James Riordan has been selected to work with Access Students in NUI Galway, and members of LK Shields staff, facilitating performance-based and education-based workshops. The aim is to help participants develop leadership, presentation and collaborative skills. Learn more here.
  • Harmony is the ‘BHP Insurances AR Programme’ taking place in Limerick city. Concert pianist Máire Carroll has been selected to work with families living in the Mid West Simon Community Family Hub. Máire will also work with BHP Insurances staff, facilitating performance-based and education-based activities and workshops. The workshops are designed to develop appreciation of music among all participants. Learn more here.
  • Calling Home is ‘The Ludgate Hub AR Programme’ taking place in Skibbereen. Local Artist Toma McCullim will work with Skibbereen Luncheon Club, Community Day Centre and Community Hospital and members of The Ludgate Hub staff. This programme of activity uses technology to connect older diaspora across the world with their peers in West Cork. Learn more here.

For any queries or more information, please contact Eileen.

Applications open for organisations interested in participating in Fundraising Fellowship Ireland

October 7th, 2019

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Business to Arts is commencing a second round of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland will offer two cultural organisations 50% part-funding toward the employment of full-time ‘Fundraising’ or ‘Marketing & Fundraising’ human resources over a 24-month period. The recruited Fellows will be supported by a structured programme of training and mentorship with Business to Arts as part of the Fellowship. The aim is to equip the recruited fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build fundraising capacity in their organisations.

Grants will be for a maximum of €15,000 per annum over a 24 month period and are aimed at part-subsidising the cost of full-time or contracted (minimum two-year) Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive.

For Business to Arts and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, the overall objective of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is:

  • To continue and enhance prior investment by national and regional cultural organisations in the development of human resources and capacity building
  • To create stronger cultural organisations who are committed to long term sustainability, based on business minded planning and a cultural strategy
  • To facilitate cultural organisations in gaining knowledge so they can leverage and increase resources in a long-term and sustainable way thereby maintaining and improving their longevity
  • To address the 6 key barriers identified in the 6-year review of New Stream programme review 2016 http://www.businesstoarts.ie/newstream/

Druid Theatre, Cork Film Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival (under Fundraising Fellowship Dublin in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company) are organisations currently completing the programme. Past participants under Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin include Helium Arts, Temple Bar Gallery + Studies & Fishamble: A New Play Company.

For full details & to apply please click here.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts & the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

Shining the digital spotlight on the world of the Arts

September 23rd, 2019
Repro Free: Sunday 22nd September 2019: Shining the digital spotlight on the world of the Arts   PwC and Business to Arts will host their annual CEO Forum this coming Thursday, 26 September, to bring corporate and cultural leaders together to shine the spotlight on empowering the consumer through digital technology.  Through case studies, the event will explore how emerging technologies such such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence can bring the customer experience to new levels.  PwC research has revealed that over three-quarters (77%) of Irish business leaders are of the view that Artificial intelligence will significantly change how they will do business in the next five years, but more investment is needed. The CEO Forum will showcase examples of companies whose business strategy involves putting their consumer more in control of their content, artefacts and consumables.  Panellists will include Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development, Fáilte Ireland; Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty; Geraldine Heavey, Executive Director, Enterprise Services, ESB and David Lee, Technology Partner, PwC.  The event will take place at PwC.  Pictured launching the event are l-r: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts; Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty and Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC. Picture Jason Clarke

Pictured launching the event are l-r: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts; Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty and Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC. Picture Jason Clarke

PwC and Business to Arts will host their annual CEO Forum this coming Thursday, 26 September, to bring corporate and cultural leaders together to shine the spotlight on empowering the consumer through digital technology.  Through case studies, the event will explore how emerging technologies such such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence can bring the customer experience to new levels. PwC research has revealed that over three-quarters (77%) of Irish business leaders are of the view that Artificial intelligence will significantly change how they will do business in the next five years, but more investment is needed. The CEO Forum will showcase examples of companies whose business strategy involves putting their consumer more in control of their content, artefacts and consumables. Panellists will include Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development, Fáilte Ireland; Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty; Geraldine Heavey, Executive Director, Enterprise Services, ESB and David Lee, Technology Partner, PwC.  The event will take place at PwC.

2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards – Judges Reflection

September 6th, 2019

 

At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, Tilestyle; Donal O Donavan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre CompanyPicture Conor McCabe

At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, TileStyle; Donal O’Donovan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre Company. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

The standard of partnerships in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards is continually rising and judges this year were really taken with the quality of activity and thought that went into the shortlisted projects

“Fusing business and the arts facilitates artists and makes both businesses and arts organisations think differently. The Allianz Business to Arts Awards shortlist demonstrates this. There are so many worthwhile projects which have resulted in wonderful experiences and creations that give back to the community in fantastic ways.” – Rachel Hussey, head of business development and client relations at Arthur Cox.

“The teams on the shortlist have real interest in what they’re doing. Staff are invigorated by their involvement in the collaborative projects and the nourishing two-way exchanges are bringing about something more sustainable than was originally envisaged. The consideration of what a community needed or wanted was quite evident in a lot of partnerships. You could see that this was genuine from both the businesses and arts organisations.” – Petal Pilley, CEO and artistic director, Blue Teapot Theatre Company

For first-time judges Rachel Hussey, head of business development and client relations at Arthur Cox and Petal Pilley, CEO and artistic director of Blue Teapot Company, the judging process was an eye-opener in terms of the extent and diversity of business and arts collaboration going on around the country.

“It was a fantastic experience to see the amazing work that is happening. I was so impressed by how partnerships give back to the community, in both innovative and sustainable ways. Even the smallest of businesses can have a really big impact in their communities and can facilitate artists to access wider audiences,” says Hussey.

One of the things that struck Hussey was how imaginative both business and arts partners are in relation to the types of experiences and creations they come up with. “I really like Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival with Colourtrend, as this has made a real and lasting artistic impact on the local community,” she says.

“Children’s Books Ireland [CBI] has also done some really great work around encouraging children to read. A number of businesses have collaborated with CBI across various projects, including KPMG, Brown Bag Films and Coca-Cola.”

Always a big supporter of Irish visual art in particular, Arthur Cox worked closely with Business to Arts two years ago when it moved its headquarters to a new building on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin. “We had amassed a lot of artworks over the years and the collection wasn’t being displayed in the best way possible. Business to Arts helped us to do that in our new premises,” explains Hussey.

Sustainability in supporting the arts is important to Arthur Cox and Hussey was impressed by the efforts of businesses in the shortlist in this regard. “There are some excellent commissioning practices in relation to working with artists to develop bespoke art for buildings. Businesses are taking part in initiatives seen by a huge variety of people which improve living and working environments in imaginative ways.”

Remarking on the breadth of projects, Pilley noticed a strong emphasis on addressing gender imbalance through art in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards shortlist. “There are more and more collaborative projects in the past few years which invest in the promotion of positive images of women and the advancement of women as emerging artists. In this year’s shortlist, the Female Conductors Programme and Women on Walls were particularly impressive to me.”

Blue Teapot is a relatively small theatre company, which has previously won a number of Allianz Business to Arts Awards. Pilley was the 2014 winner of the TileStyle Bursary for Artists. In this year’s shortlist, she observed that businesses and arts organisations have become much more considered about who they partner with and are putting a lot of effort into finding ‘the right fit’.

“There are some ingenious pairings between businesses and theatre companies which involve healthy risk taking. Businesses are taking a punt and backing innovative projects, such as Irish Rail’s support of ‘A Play for Ireland’ by Fishamble: The New Play Company and Dublin Port Company’s commissioning of Bitter Like a Lemon to produce ‘In our Veins’,” she notes.

This article features in the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Sunday Independent supplement published on Sept 8th 2019.

2019 Allianz Business to Arts Winners announced

September 4th, 2019
No Repro Fee. Conductor, Alice Farnham, winners of the Best Large Sponsorship Category with the ‘Female Conductor Programme’ at the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards pictured with Paul Jacobs, Partner, Grant Thornton and Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz (right), celebrating the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards which took place at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sept 3rd. The awards celebrate creative partnerships between arts and business through commissioning, sponsorship, staff engagement and creativity in the community. For a full list of winners see: businesstoarts.ie/awards Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Conductor, Alice Farnham, winners of the Best Large Sponsorship Category with the ‘Female Conductor Programme’ at the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards pictured with Paul Jacobs, Partner, Grant Thornton and Sean McGrath, Chief Executive, Allianz (right), celebrating the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards which took place at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sept 3rd. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Dublin Port Company, Grant Thornton, Farmgate Café and McGarrell Reilly were among the winners in 11 categories at the 28th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on September 3rd.

The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received significant levels of entries in its 28th year, showcasing a diverse range of creative partnerships incorporating architecture, dance, design, film, music, literature, theatre and visual art. This year saw increasing regional activity, community engagement and long-term partnerships that are evolving through diverse activation campaigns.

Over €8.5m was spent on arts sponsorships submitted. The Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships and bring businesses and the arts into mutually beneficial relationships across society. The evening was a celebration of the most innovative and creative partnerships in Ireland in 2018/2019.

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The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Award Category County Winners
Best Use of Creativity in the Community Dublin Algorithm & James Earley with various businesses for ‘Perpetua’
Best Creative Staff Engagement National Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’
Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice Dublin McGarrell Reilly Group & Alva Gallagher for ‘Rise’
Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary Belfast Catherine Creaney  
Allianz Community Art Award Dublin SUBSET for ‘Grey Area Project’
daa €5,000 Arts Award National Fishamble: The New Play Company
Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value Cork Farmgate Café & the Munster Literature Centre for the ‘Farmgate Café National Poetry Award’
Best Long Term Partnership Dublin Avolon & Royal Hibernian Academy for ‘Avolon Global Studio Award’
Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value National Grant Thornton & National Concert Hall for ‘Female Conductor Programme’
Best Mid-Size Sponsorship – over €15,000 – €50,000 value National Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle
Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment Dublin 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’

Leading the congratulations among over 500 business and arts leaders at the theatre was Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Cavan-Monaghan Heather Humphreys, TD.

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation said:

“The relationship between business and the arts, demonstrated by these Business to Arts Awards, enables businesses to be more innovate, more creative, and ultimately deliver meaningful impact for society. Businesses increasingly understand that it is not just economic impact that matters. More and more are coming to understand that a sustainable and successful business is one that has a good CSR strategy at its core.

I want to congratulate all of the businesses and arts organisations that have participated in the Business to Arts Awards this year and hope that these wonderful partnerships will continue to grow and flourish in the future. My goal through Ireland’s National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility is to make Ireland a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice. These Awards make a very important contribution to achieving that goal and I’m sure it will help to inspire more exciting collaborations between business and the arts.”

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“For the last 19 years, the Allianz Business to Arts Awards have remained a source of inspiration to us all at Allianz and the 2019 awards have lived up to the high standards set across the many years of their existence.  Yet again we are impressed by the significant mutual benefits derived by both business and arts organisations through their innovative collaborations. Of growing importance within this powerful initiative are the community and wider societal benefits enjoyed by us all when business and arts organisations partner to achieve some truly amazing results. By showcasing what is achieved, the annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards remind us that we are all winners of this truly extraordinary process of collaboration” 

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said:

‘With our partners Allianz, we are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards wining partnerships. These relationships are proof that businesses in Ireland are increasingly looking to arts and culture to address business opportunities and societal challenges. Encouraging creativity is at the core of many of the winning projects. Business to Arts’ flagship event continues to enable, develop and support creative partnerships. We call on businesses across Ireland to engage with their arts and cultural neighbours.’

The awards recognise large, mid-sized, small and long-term sponsorships, staff engagement activities, commissioning, corporate social responsibility programme, community engagement and portfolio-based partnerships.

For the 28th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, the awards sculpture once again has been commissioned by daa. This year’s sculpture ‘Symbiotic’ was created by Mayo based artist Emma Bourke.

Artist Emma Bourke Commissioned by daa for the 2019 Awards Sculpture

July 24th, 2019
Mayo based artist Emma Bourke, Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts unveil 'Symbiotic', this years limited edition awards sculpture commissioned by daa for the 28th year. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Mayo based artist Emma Bourke, Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts unveil ‘Symbiotic’, this years limited edition awards sculpture commissioned by daa for the 28th year. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Each year daa generously commission an artist to create a suite of sculptures which are awarded to the Allianz Business to Arts Awards winning companies. The commission is now in its 28th year. This year, Mayo based glass artist Emma Bourke was commissioned to create the 2019 limited edition awards sculpture, ‘Symbiotic’.

Speaking about her piece, Emma said,

‘An awareness of our heritage is essential to understand our identity and to contextualise our cultures. My research into botanical mythology helps me appreciate how communities have developed. It enables me to construct a sense of place within increasingly international systems of communication and visual information.

‘Symbiotic’, a new work created for the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, refers to the complex relationship between people and plants. Essential to successful ecosystems, a rapport between the two allows both to thrive: from seed migration to cultivation to medicinal uses; from local to global contexts. Successful ecologies emerge, with people working together to develop results.

The bond between people and plants forms the basis of many tales and customs handed down through the ages: from the Foxglove’s association to fairies to a bride carrying her bouquet. Storytelling has commonly been used to pass on knowledge about plants through generations of people and my research for ‘Symbiotic’ draws upon this as my main resource.

‘Symbiotic’ is based on a wild flower known as Scarlet Pimpernel, a notorious poisonous plant that has traditional uses for treatment of the liver, jaundice, dropsy and depression. This bright, pretty plant which brings joy and eases pain is dangerous if used incorrectly, so it bears an abhorrent reputation. Drawing inspiration from Scarlet Pimpernel’s combination of beauty, danger and healing coinciding in one plant, I designed the flowers in Symbiotic using a similar pattern of five petals with golden stamen.

I took a scientific approach when creating the petals and branches in glass, to scrutinise the physicality, scale and fragility of the original Scarlet Pimpernel plant. Recreating the physical form of the plant in another material, such as glass, is another way to pass down information about a plant. ‘Symbiotic’ is made from two materials only: glass and wood. Both materials are timeless and sustainable, it’s important to me that I create works that exist both then and now; that speak both of our history and presence in 2019.’

If you would like to book tickets for this event, please complete the booking form here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Allianz Business to Arts Awards team.

2019 Allianz Business to Arts Award shortlist announced

July 18th, 2019
THE 2019 ALLIANZ BUSINESS TO ARTS AWARDS SET SAIL : Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. The awards take place on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and celebrate creative partnerships including sponsorships, commissioning, staff and community engagement between the arts and business across Ireland. The deadline for applications is May 1st. For more detail see businesstoarts.ie Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria McCormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received significant levels of entries in its 28th year, showcasing a diverse range of creative partnerships incorporating architecture, dance, design, film, music, literature, theatre and visual art. This year saw high levels of entries from increased regional activity, community engagement and long-term partnerships that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns.

The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be presented on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  The awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships. The shortlist shows strong collaboration between business and arts focused on sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said:

“Each year our Awards recognise the most outstanding examples of creative partnerships between the corporate and creative communities. On an annual basis we are inspired by the ever-growing levels of creativity, partnership and commitment displayed through our Awards shortlist. As we strive to achieve our organisations mission of enabling and developing best practice creative partnerships, we look forward to celebrating our shortlist and winners on September 3rd with our partners, members and friends’.

Commenting on this year’s entries, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“Yet again we are delighted and inspired by the scale and diversity of nominations in this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards.  Literature, architecture, design, dance, theatre, film, music and visual art are all represented through both new and long term partnerships between Arts and Business organisations.  Also, greater community involvement and an ever growing regional bias are welcomed as the benefits of    corporate and cultural collaboration are enjoyed across the country.”

For the 28th year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by daa. This year’s award, ‘Symbiotic’ was created by Dublin based artist Emma Bourke who states:

“My research into botanical mythology helps me appreciate how communities have developed. It enables me to construct a sense of place within increasingly international systems of communication and visual information. Symbiotic, refers to the complex relationship between people and plants. Essential to successful ecosystems, a rapport between the two allows both to thrive, similar to that of a creative partnership between arts and business: from seed migration to cultivation to medicinal uses; from local to global contexts. Successful ecologies emerge, with people working together to develop results.”

The winners of the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be announced on September 3rd at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2019 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value

  • Dublin Port Company, Bitter Like A Lemon & Abbey Theatre for ‘In Our Veins’
  • Grant Thornton & National Concert Hall for ‘Female Conductor Programme’
  • RCSI & Accenture with various artists for ‘Women on Walls at RCSI’
  • University College Cork & Cork Opera House for ‘Creating Together’

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

  • Arup & Crawford Art Gallery Cork for ‘Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary’
  • BNP Paribas Group Ireland & Helium Arts
  • Cartoon Saloon & Butler Gallery for ‘The Breadwinner Exhibition’
  • Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in association with TileStyle

Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

  • Coca-Cola Ireland & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Family Hubs Libraries’
  • Farmgate Café & the Munster Literature Centre for the ‘Farmgate Café National Poetry Award’
  • Irish Rail & Fishamble for ‘A Play For Ireland’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children for ‘Creative Connections’

Best Long Term Partnership

  • Avolon & Royal Hibernian Academy for ‘Avolon Global Studio Award’
  • Bord Gáis Energy & Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
  • ESB & the National Gallery of Ireland for ‘ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children for ‘Creative Connections’

 Best Use of Creativity in the Community

  • AIB & Docklands Business Forum for ‘Docklands Volunteer Day’
  • Algorithm & James Earley with various businesses for ‘Perpetua’
  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
  • Dublin Airport & National College of Art and Design for ‘Creative Journeys’

 Best Creative Staff Engagement

  • A&L Goodbody & Suas for ‘Literacy Support Programme’
  • Axonista & Irish Film Institute for ‘IFI Player’
  • Deloitte & Maria Quinlan for ‘Photovoice Project’
  • Walkers Ireland & Kate Nolan for ‘Walkers Photographer-in-Residence’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Behaviour and Attitudes & Graphic Studio Dublin for ‘The Works – 30 years of the B&A/Graphic Studio Dublin Commission’
  • Cairn Homes & Eileen MacDonagh for ‘Eyes for You’
  • Dublin Airport & National College of Art and Design for ‘Creative Journeys’
  • McGarrell Reilly Group & Alva Gallagher for ‘Rise’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

  • Avolon for ‘Global Studio Award and Youthreach Art Programme’ at Royal Hibernian Academy and partnerships with Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre
  • Arup for ‘New Now Next’ with Irish Architecture Foundation and ‘Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary’ with Crawford Art Gallery Cork
  • Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Book-gifting’ with KPMG, ‘Bookbag’ with Brown Bag Films, and ‘Family Hubs Libraries’ with Coca-Cola Ireland
  • 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’

 Allianz Community Art Award

  • Colourtrend & Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
  • Cork Film Festival for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
  • Fishamble: The New Play Company for ‘Silent’
  • SUBSET for ‘Grey Area Project’
At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, Tilestyle; Donal O Donavan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre CompanyPicture Conor McCabe

At this year’s judging day in The Merrion Hotel were: (from left) Gerard McNaughton, TileStyle; Donal O’Donovan, Independent News & Media; Antonia McTaggart, Facebook; Robert McEvoy, Allianz Ireland; Rachel Hussey, Arthur Cox; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; Petal Pilley, Blue Teapot Theatre Company. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

Members of this year’s Jury Panel were:

  • Rachel Hussey – ‎Head of Business Development, Partner, Arthur Cox (Chair)
  • Antonia McTaggart – Client Partner, Facebook
  • Donal O’Donovan – Business Editor, Irish Independent at Independent News & Media
  • Gerard McNaughton – Retail Director, TileStyle
  • Petal Pilley – Director, Blue Teapot Theatre
  • Robert McEvoy – Head of Market Management, Allianz

For ticket information please contact awards@businesstoarts.ie

2018 Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants Recipient Máire Carroll’s Project – ‘Onboard’

July 11th, 2019
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      Máire Carroll performing with 2nd class pupils in Ringsend GNS

Concert pianist Máire Carroll is one of three recipients of the 2018 Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants, for her project ‘Hidden Pianos: Workshop’.

Máire is an international concert pianist who has performed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Canada. She is also the recipient of the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary for Artists (Allianz Business to Arts Awards, 2015) and the 2012 winner of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Music Bursary.

‘Hidden Pianos: Workshop’ is aimed at bringing contemporary and classical music to new audiences in unexpected places. Máire worked with 2nd class pupils in Ringsend GNS to engage and encourage them to explore music, and together they composed a piece of music titled ‘Onboard’. For information on Máire’s other work, please see her website here.

Commenting on her Docklands Arts Fund experience, Máire says:

 “In April 2019, I began my Hidden Pianos: Workshop in Ringsend GNS, with an excitable classroom of children curious to know more about the piano and composing, and what writing their own piece of music would entail. Over the course of four sessions and a performance, we composed our self-titled piece ‘Onboard’, detailing the journey of second class from Dublin Port to Australia by boat.

From the beginning of the project, the students were heavily involved in choosing the topic and the characters for our piece. They decided how the story would develop and were encouraged by me in the various musical aspects of composing the piece, which included picking the melody and instrumental lines. Each week the students would arrive in from the yard after lunch chanting the words and melodies of the songs that had stayed with them despite only having learnt them the week before. I deemed this a huge success after week one and was thrilled with their passion for the project and their continuous enthusiasm.

The level of imagination that developed over the course of the month working with the class was inspiring and at times very moving. One by one a hand would raise and someone would have a new idea or suggestion. All suggestions were considered and together we discussed how we wanted our piece to sound. How can we make the sound of a ship? What instruments might be suitable? Whose help might we need once we’re onboard the ship, will we meet anyone along the journey?

Our opening song ‘Where are we going, what will we see?’ was sung with such passion and commitment. To enhance their excitement of having created a musical piece of their own, l arranged for a flautist and a French horn player to join me for the final performance in May. The students loved being introduced to these instruments and hearing ‘Onboard’ come to life with different musical effects from both performers. They all agreed that the French horn made the music come alive by making frightening monster sounds when we were all onboard the ship.

My only wish with this project was that we could have had more than four sessions which would have resulted in being able to develop the piece further, and most importantly continue to nurture and develop the confidence and talent in these young students. I am incredibly grateful to the Docklands Art Fund for this opportunity to share my love of the piano and composing with Ringsend GNS and l am delighted to have encouraged a musical spark in the classroom with ‘Onboard’.“

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2018 Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants Recipient Fergal McCarthy’s project – ‘Dublin’s First Port of Call’

June 26th, 2019
Fergal McCarthy - No Man's Land

Visual artist Fergal McCarthy, ‘No Man’s Land’. Image: Andreas Pettersson

Visual artist Fergal McCarthy is one of the three recipients of the 2018 Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants.

Fergal is a visual artist living in Dublin, who originally worked as a painter but in recent years has widened his practice to include installations, photography and film.

He has spent several months researching source material relating to the Dublin Docklands area to create a book, which delivers an engaging and humorous account of the story of the Docklands. This book was distributed without cost to local primary schools in the Docklands area, with Fergal hosting presentations of the project to school pupils.  For information on Fergal’s other work, please see his website here.

Commenting on the Docklands Arts Fund, and working on his project ‘Dublin’s First Port of Call’, Fergal says:

 “Since I moved to Dublin almost 20 years ago I have been fascinated by the Liffey, I refuse to see it in any way that doesn’t involve rose-coloured glasses. I have worked on many art projects over the years responding to the river including ‘Liffeytown’, a small estate of red and green Monopoly-style houses moored on the river for a fortnight and ‘No Man’s Land’, a floating desert island in the Docklands that became my temporary home for a week.

By being awarded a grant from the Docklands Arts Fund, I was enabled to shift my interest in the Liffey further down river to Dublin Port. I spent several happy months reading into the history and geography of Dublin Port and making visits to the area to chat with former dock workers about their time in the port. By the end of my research I was considering moving house to Ringsend just so I could watch the ships come and go all day and maybe join a rowing club. All the information I gathered became the basis of a little book of cartoon-style drawings detailing Dublin Port’s back story. I got to tell such stories as the unexpected formation of Bull Island, Captain Bligh’s commissioning of the North Wall, the shipwrecks on the Kish Sandbank and the Diving Bell’s usage to deepen Dublin Port.

On completion I printed up several hundred copies of my little book, Dublin’s First Port of Call. These books were distributed freely to primary schools in the Dublin Port area which I visited to conduct workshops and readings. I’m glad to report that in the course of ten workshops only one child managed to fall asleep! Most of the children I met in the schools had parents and grandparents who worked in Dublin Port, and they shared their experience of living in a Docklands community. I was pleasantly surprised that many of the pupils I worked with knew far more about Dublin Port than I do. Retired Dockers had already spoken to them in their schools and Fighting Words had initiated writing projects in response to the port and the local environment. The Docklands communities have an incredibly rich history, and I am incredibly grateful to the Docklands Arts Fund for providing me with this opportunity to respond to it with this book.“

 

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Business to Arts & Creative Ireland Programme Announce Businesses Selected to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme

June 20th, 2019
Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of the businesses taking part in the match-funded Artist in Residence (AR) Programme with Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts were Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D with business participants Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Martina Westphal, Director of Community & Social, BHP Community beside artist James Kirwan's installation, Portal to a Vague Place.

Pictured (l-r) at the announcement of the businesses taking part in the match-funded Artist in Residence (AR) Programme with Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund and Business to Arts were Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D. with business participants Martina Westphal, Managing Director, BHP Community, Adrienne Harrington, Chief Executive, The Ludgate Hub and Emmet Scully, Managing Partner, LK Shields beside artist James Kirwan’s installation, ‘Portal to a Vague Place’, in the RHA Gallery. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Business to Arts announced the three companies selected to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme, one of 30 initiatives supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.  Expressions of interest were sought from businesses interested in developing new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the AR Programme.

The three businesses selected include:

  • BHP Insurances (Dublin): BHP Insurances will work with a piano musician to develop a combination of performance and education based initiatives for clients in the not-for-profit sector.
  • LK Shields (Galway): LK Shields will work with a performance-based artist, to explore ways of using performance techniques to develop presentation skills and leadership skills, focusing on working with third-level students to prepare them for entering the workforce, and to overcome barriers to progressing their chosen career.
  • The Ludgate Hub (Cork): Ludgate Hub will work with a local artist and local community of older people to connect with the older diaspora community through technology and creativity.

The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity and opportunities for artists and companies. The selected programmes involve a minimum of twelve-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists.

At the announcement, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan T.D., commented: “The all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme is now two years in existence and already we are beginning to see the impact of key initiatives such as the National Creativity Fund.

Collaboration and community engagement are core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme and I am particularly pleased that we have supported the Business to Arts Artist-in-Residence (AR) initiative – which encourages and enables active partnerships between business, artists and local communities.

Through initiatives such as the AR Programme, we want to encourage ambition, risk and innovation by harnessing the incredible talent and passion of our artists, our creative communities and local business innovators.  I look forward to following the progress of these partnerships and sharing the outcomes of each as they come to fruition.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, stated:

‘Alongside our Creative Ireland Programme partner, we are looking forward to working with BHP Insurance, The Ludgate Hub and LK Shields as we expand our AR Programme across other regions in Ireland. We look forward to working with these businesses, their resident artists and local community groups, fostering an environment of collaboration, learning and wellbeing through creative practice.’

Any artist interested in working with a company can join the Business to Arts register by emailing info@businesstoarts.ie.

Full details of the Open Call for artists are available here.

 

A&L Goodbody & Business To Arts Celebrate 3 Years Of The A&L Goodbody Writer-In-Residence Programme

June 17th, 2019
Picture: Jason Clarke

Students from St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall with A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence Catherine Ann Cullen. Picture by Jason Clarke

On Thursday June 13th, A&L Goodbody and Business to Arts hosted a Writer-in-Residence event at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Pupils, teachers, family members and A&L Goodbody employees were in attendance to celebrate three years of partnership with the A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence Catherine Ann Cullen, under the Docklands Arts Fund. Music and songs composed during the programme by the pupils were performed by the pupils and Catherine Ann, with musical accompaniment by Imogen Gunner.

Catherine Ann has worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class in St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall with a view to improving their creativity and literacy skills. Each week, the pupils ‘commissioned’ her to write a poem on a theme of their devising, and the following week’s session opened with that poem. Catherine Ann has helped the pupils to develop creative writing skills, enabling them to express their thoughts and emotions about daily life in East Wall, as well as their dreams for the future. The students work has been compiled into books called ‘Words for Third’ and ‘Suggestions by Sixth’.

Students from St Joseph's Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Picture by Jason Clarke

Students from St Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall. Picture by Jason Clarke

Business to Arts & Walkers announce winners of Walkers Stories from the Docklands Competition

May 30th, 2019
Pictured was Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers, Walkers photographer in Residence, Kate Nolan and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year student XXX of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhibition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. The exhibition is part of CBS Westland Row's engagement with Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. The students' project work was exhibited at the Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, showcasing the development of their photographic skills together. See businesstoarts.ie for further details.

Pictured was Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers, Walkers photographer in Residence, Kate Nolan and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts with transition year student Genoveva Nemes (16) of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhibition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’.

Business to Arts and financial services law firm, Walkers, joined Irish photographer Kate Nolan, the 2019 Walkers Photographer-in-Residence and transition year students from CBS Westland Row to celebrate the completion of the second year of the Walkers Photographer in Residence. The student’s project work was showcased at Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, highlighting the development of their photographic skills together.

Walkers and Business to Arts also announced the winners of the ‘Walkers Stories from the Docklands Photography Competition’. The three competition categories focused on the themes of community, neighbourhood, work and play. Winners included:

  • Children of Walkers staff / Students 11 years and under – Julia Kolasa, Rutland NS student
  • Children of Walkers staff / Students 12 to 18 years of age – Yung Kien Chong, CBS Westland Row student
  • Walkers Staff – Niamh Pender

Walkers staff, family members, and students from local schools in the Dublin Docklands were eligible to enter. The winning photographs will be displayed in the new Walkers offices in the IFSC.

This project builds on the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence programme which is now its second year. In February 2018, Irish photographer Kate Nolan was announced as the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence. The residency includes a series of workshops, where Kate has introduced documentary photography to CBS Westland Row transition year students through ‘story walks’ of the Docklands. The residency supports Business to Arts’ wider programme of activity, which promotes the Arts collaboratively with businesses, artists, audiences and communities.

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers commented:

‘’The photography competition itself is just one component of the Photographer-in-Residence programme which involves our staff, the students of CBS Westland Row and Visual Artist, Kate Nolan in a manner which we believe reflects the ‘Walkers Way’ of working collaboratively in the community. Introducing art through the medium of photography into the Walkers workplace has had many benefits, including the promotion of enhanced communications between our people and those living and being educated in this community and the creation of a shared Docklands vision on the themes which have been the focus of this competition, namely community, neighbourhood, work and play”

At the announcement, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts stated:

‘As we build on our partnership with Walkers and the Docklands Arts Fund, we are very happy to see the collaboration between Kate Nolan, the students of CBS Westland Row and Walkers staff continue to evolve. This programme has enabled participants involved to develop their photographic and creative skills while documenting life within the Docklands area. Taking the beautiful backdrop of Dublin Docklands as inspiration, we were delighted with the response to the Walkers photography competition from both staff and students in the local area ’.

 

TG4 & Business to Arts launch a unique art project to find Ireland’s Most Creative Company

March 20th, 2019
TG4 - Creative Company Photocall Pictured: Mentors/Artists Liam De Frinse and Br’d Higgins N’ ChinnŽide Date: 07/03/2019 Photographer: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy   1IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Studio: +353 1 493 9947 Mob: +353 87 246 9221 (Bryan) 1image.ie eventimage.ie Copyright: 1IMAGE Photography/Bryan Brophy© All Rights Reserved

Mentors/Artists Liam De Frinse and Bríd Higgins Ní ChinnŽide Photo by Bryan Brophy, Image Photography 

Creative Company” is a brand new campaign and upcoming television series that aims to find Ireland’s most creative workplace. Placing an artist within a company, workers within ten different Irish companies will be set the goal of making a fantastic piece of art together.

Whether a painting or a sculpture, the workers from all levels in the organisation will be encouraged to operate as a team and make the piece of art on their own premises from concept to completion. Exploring diverse workplaces and diverse workplace cultures, the project aims to reveal how creativity is found in contemporary Irish businesses. Judged by art critics, one company must come out on top.

The winning company will not only claim the title of Ireland’s most creative, but their artwork will also be installed in Dublin’s CHQ at the heart of Dublin’s business district for a period of three months.

The businesses will be mentored by two professional artists throughout the entire process and working with the companies involved will be Dublin based painter Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide and Liam de Frinse, a Turner Prize nominated multidisciplinary artist from Belfast.

A fun and entertaining teamwork exercise exploring the connection between arts and businesses, you can get involved by registering at www.creativecompany.ie

TG4’s Commissioning Editor Laura Ní Cheallaigh says, TG4 are thrilled to be involved in this exciting and creative project which we hope we really capture the imagination of both Irish businesses and the Irish public. We look forward to revealing the innovative and creative pieces they produce as well as following the businesses and their teams on what’s sure to be an entertaining and rewarding journey.”

Business to ArtsAndrew Hetherington says. “We are very happy to be supporting this project with EZ Films and TG4. Increasingly companies are turning to creativity to engage and retain staff. Creativity and the arts regularly helps to enhance teamwork, problem solve and increase innovation within a company. We look forward to seeing each company’s finished artwork and look forward to finding Ireland’s most creative company.”

 

 

2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Call for Nominations now live

March 14th, 2019
THE 2019 ALLIANZ BUSINESS TO ARTS AWARDS SET SAIL : Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts and Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. The awards take place on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and celebrate creative partnerships including sponsorships, commissioning, staff and community engagement between the arts and business across Ireland. The deadline for applications is May 1st. For more detail see businesstoarts.ie Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Launching the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO, Allianz; Andrew Hetherington , Chief Executive, Business to Arts & Victoria Mc Cormack, Macnas at Dublin Castle. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Today, Business to Arts and Allianz launched the call for nominations for the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which champions the unique opportunities that business engagement with the arts provides. At the awards launch, Business to Arts and Allianz encouraged businesses from across Ireland to explore and strengthen their relationships with the cultural community and create meaningful partnerships. Previous award winners include Accenture, Bord Gáis Energy, Dublin Port Company, ESB and Bank of Ireland.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and Allianz’s 19th anniversary of involvement and sponsorship of the awards. Allianz is encouraging the business community to become involved again this year and to support and celebrate creative talent across Ireland. There are 11 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training and staff programs. The online entry form can be accessed through www.businesstoarts.ie/awards.

This year also sees the 12th year of the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, which is open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. Previous winners include Aisling O’Mara (playwright), Clare Monnelly (theatre), pianist Máire Carroll (music), ballet dancer Gearóid Solan (dance) & sculptor Alva Gallagher (visual art).

Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“The 28th Allianz Business to Arts Awards represents the crucial importance of the co-creative relationship between businesses and the arts community across Ireland.  Over the last 28 years, we have seen inspiring examples of business and artistic engagement creating truly unique moments of courageous expression for communities and artists with a new voice or message.

Allianz continues to be a strong advocate of creative partnerships between business and the arts, and the courage and dedication it takes to make these initiatives flourish. We look forward to this year’s award nominations and encourage businesses and arts groups throughout the country to get involved.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“In 2019, we look forward to recognising the exceptional creative partnerships that exist throughout Ireland between the business and arts communities. Alongside our partner Allianz, our Awards and mission is to encourage business leaders to consider the arts as a powerful and creative way to enhance community relations and to communicate social issues. We look to recognise these best-in-class relationships on September 3rd at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre”.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, May 1st 2019 at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/awards for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture and Business to Arts unveils landmark Irish portrait collection with eight new artworks depicting historical female leaders in healthcare

March 5th, 2019

190302_M1_177 webToday, RCSI, Accenture and Business to Arts unveiled a series of new portraits of historical female leaders in healthcare at RCSI. Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture recognises the pioneering achievements of a group of eight extraordinary women and aims to enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in healthcare to inspire future generations.

The portraits were officially unveiled today by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and RCSI President Mr Kenneth Mealy. They will now hang in the Board Room of RCSI’s historic building on St. Stephen’s Green and can be seen at scheduled times throughout 2019.

In March 2018, artists were invited to submit a proposal to Business to Arts, project managers of the initiative. A selection committee identified six artists who were commissioned to paints the portraits. The group of artists have worked with RCSI archivists to research their subjects and complete the portraits.

The following artists have completed their commissions, creating a series of eight individual portraits:

Commissioned Artist Subject
Benita Stoney Dr Margaret (Pearl) Dunlevy (1909 – 2002)
Catherine Creaney Dr Barbara Maive Stokes (1922 – 2009)
Enda Griffin Sr Dr Maura Lynch (1938 – 2017)
Mick O’Dea Dr Emily Winifred Dickson (1866 – 1944)
Mick O’Dea Dr Mary Somerville Parker Strangman (1872 – 1943)
Molly Judd Dr Victoria Coffey (1911 – 1999)
Molly Judd Dr Mary Josephine Hannan (1859 – 1936)
William Nathans Dean Mary Frances Crowley (1906 – 1990)

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Professor Cathal Kelly, RCSI CEO said, “We are immensely proud to unveil these portraits of ground-breaking RCSI women today. These pioneers made significant contributions to education and healthcare here at RCSI, in Ireland and much further afield. We hope that by recognising them through this landmark initiative; we might inspire future generations of women and girls to pursue a career in healthcare and science.”   

 “Each of these women had a profound impact and we want history to remember their legacy. It is our duty to help preserve their story and celebrate their achievements. It is right and proper that today they take their place not just on these storied walls of RCSI but also in the history of healthcare.”

Dr Michelle D. Cullen, Managing Director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture in Ireland added, “The contribution of women in society is too often invisible. Who we see on the walls, tells us about what we as a society value, about who is welcome, about who fits in. We set out on the journey of Women on Walls with the ambition of making women leaders visible to inspire future generations. It is truly moving to see these magnificent eight portraits being unveiled by RCSI today, reminding us of the impact these women had in healthcare.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts said, “The artists commissioned, have created a powerful series of work highlighting the importance of gender equality. The Women on Walls campaign is a strong example of how art helps to communicate an important message. These eight extraordinary women whose portraits will hang on the walls of RCSI for years to come, represent the exceptional achievements of RCSI graduates and Fellows past, present and future. We salute the achievements of the six artists”.

A new Women on Walls podcast series was announced during the unveiling. The eight-part series celebrates the lives of these eight Irish women who forged careers in healthcare during a time in Ireland when women were expected to stay at home. The first episode features the impact that Dr Barbara Maive Stokes, a paediatrician and pioneering disability campaigner, had on Ireland as a tireless advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Women on Walls is now available for download from Apple, Google and Spotify podcasts. A new episode will publish fortnightly.

RCSI is committed to promoting gender equality among staff and students for the advancement of the College’s mission to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health. RCSI has been awarded Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation for positive gender practice in higher education.

Women on Walls is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Accenture’s Women on Walls began in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy which recognised the achievements of leading female academics and to inspire future generations.

You can read more about Women on Walls at RCSI in partnership with Accenture and find out more about scheduled tour times by visiting accenture.com/womenonwalls and women.rcsi.com.

Celebrating ‘The Works’ – 30 years of the B&A, Graphic Studio Dublin, print commission.

February 12th, 2019

Ailbhe Barrett_Rebound (Sycamores) 2018

This year, our long-standing members, Behaviour & Attitudes celebrate 30 years of commissioning Irish artists to make original fine art prints with Graphic Studio Dublin. The prints are given to their clients as gifts, as an alternative to generic Christmas presents.  In an Irish context, the longevity of this commissioning practice is significant. The partnership between B&A and Graphic Studio has also been recognised through the Allianz Business to Arts Awards. ‘The Works’ exhibition of all original prints created through this commission runs from 14th Feb – 9th March at Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

The selected artists are either exceptional printmakers and members of Graphic Studio, a non-profit printmaking centre of excellence, or established painters who work collaboratively with the studio to make prints, that are then printed by hand at the studio.  The commission provides financial support to artists and helps to fund the studio, an organisation that delivers tangible assistance to artists, by delivering subsidised studio space, access to printmaking courses and technical facilities for artists to make prints.

Commissioning achieves a number of objectives for B&A – signaling an appreciation of their business relationship with clients, demonstrating synergy between business and the arts, and highlighting talented Irish artists.  To date, 30 artists have been commissioned to make 79 different images that are printed using various original printmaking processes.

Artists who make up the thirty years of this unique commission include William Crozier, Cliona Doyle, Richard Gorman, Ailbhe Barrett, Hughie O’Donoghue, Pamela Leonard, Gwen O’Dowd and James McCreary to name just a few.

A catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition, with an introductory text by Aidan Dunne. Available here

The full list of artists who have contributed to the commission and are included in the exhibition are:

1989            James McCreary

1990            Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross

1991            Richard Gorman

1992            Felim Egan

1993            Charles Tyrrell

1994            John Kindness

1995            William Crozier

1996            Stephen Lawlor

1997            John Behan

1998            Ruth O’Donnell

1999            Vincent Sheridan

2000            Maria Simmons Goulding

2001            Martin Gale

2002            Mary Lohan

2003            Cliona Doyle

2004            Brian Bourke

2005            Robert Russell

2006            Pamela Leonard

2007            Carmel Benson

2008            Hughie O’Donoghue

2009            Jean Bardon

2010            Charles Harper

2011            Taffina Flood

2012            Donald Teskey

2013            Colin Martin

2014            Louise Leonard

2015            Gwen O’Dowd

2016            Pat Harris

2017            Maser

2018            Ailbhe Barrett

Fundraising Fellows complete Two-Year Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin Programme with Business to Arts & Dublin City Council Culture Company raising over €580,000 attributed to Three Fundraisers

February 7th, 2019
Fundraising Fellows Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company); and Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium) with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, and Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company, at 14 Henrietta Street. Photo: Conor McCabe

Fundraising Fellows Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company); and Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium Arts) with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, and Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company, at 14 Henrietta Street. Photo: Conor McCabe

Fundraising Fellows Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium); Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company) have graduated from the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme. The programme, which is a joint programme created by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council Culture Company (formerly Dublin’s Culture Connects) aims to develop the pool of fundraising expertise in Dublin-city based cultural organisations. The graduation was held at 14 Henrietta Street.

As part of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship Dublin programme, the Fellows worked in a fundraising or marketing & fundraising role within an arts organisation. The programme saw Dublin City Council Culture Company fund 50% of each role, with the partner organisation matching that figure. Over the two years, the Fellows took part in an intensive programme of training and mentorship, worth in-excess of €80,000 per institution led by Business to Arts, Dublin City Council Culture Company and industry experts, to build capacity and to diversify revenue streams. As part of this, leading Irish and international experts offered masterclasses to develop knowledge and understanding, offering practical and real life expertise. The Fellows also worked with Calcutta Run, Common Ground, Dublin Cycling and 100 Archive imparting their expertise to these organisations, thus increasing the reach of the programme to community organisations in Dublin city.

The Fellows have raised a combined €580,000 directly attributable to their role in their organisation. Three case studies have been published highlighting the challenges, implemented strategies and outcomes of the Fellows and their organisations participating in the course. Each can be viewed here:

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“This two-year programme has enabled Business to Arts and Dublin City Council Culture Company to provide an intensive programme of training and support to four arts organisations. It has enabled each organisation to implement their long-term fundraising and marketing strategies. Each Fellow has secured additional funding for their organisation and we are very proud of their achievements to date. Having a dedicated human resource who is focused on building partnerships and new relationships is critical for organisations who want to develop their fundraising potential and invest in their capacity”

At the graduation, Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company said:

“Capacity building is a core value of Dublin City Council Culture Company (and its predecessor Dublin’s Culture Connects) so we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with Business to Arts on developing this programme. Not only has the Fundraising Fellowship Dublin resulted in additional funds raised for the organisations involved, but more importantly, it has invested in developing and sharing a skillset that will impact positively on cultural and community organisations long after the programme has ended. We look forward to following the careers of the Fellows in to the future and wish Business to Arts every success as they grow this initial Dublin programme in to a national Fundraising Fellowship project.”

McGarrell Reilly Group & Business to Arts unveil new glass sculpture ‘Rise’ by artist Alva Gallagher at the Sharp Building

January 22nd, 2019
Sean Reilly, Executive Chairman, McGarrell Reilly unveils ‘Rise’ a new glass sculpture commission installed at the Sharp Building on Hogan Place with artist Alva Gallagher; Photo: Jason Clarke

Sean Reilly, Executive Chairman, McGarrell Reilly unveils ‘Rise’ a new glass sculpture commission installed at the Sharp Building on Hogan Place with artist Alva Gallagher; Photo: Jason Clarke

The McGarrell Reilly Group and Business to Arts have unveiled a new piece of sculpture named ‘Rise’ by artist Alva Gallagher. Gallagher was commissioned to create the new artwork having been selected after an Open Call to Irish and international artists for ‘The Sharp Building Commission’.

The brief to artists was to create an original and innovative sculptural installation in response to unique environment, architecture, historic and cultural references associated with the new building and its location off Hogan Place in Dublin’s South Docklands. ‘Rise’ is a double-height glass sculpture that is visible from both the interior and exterior of The Sharp Building and can be seen by office staff, local viewers and commuters in the Docklands Area.

Award- winning Irish sculptor, Alva Gallagher, is a visual artist whose work involves a continuous exploration of oceanic movements and elements. She is passionate about the sea and mirrors its ferocity and serenity through the manipulation of her chosen mediums (glass and bronze) from their molten to solid states to explore concepts of depth and rhythm. Alva has exhibited extensively. Recent highlights include the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London; CAST at The Wayne Art Institute Philadelphia; The Traver Gallery Seattle, USA; and The Saatchi Gallery, London. Her work appears in State, National and International Collections, including The OPW, The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, BMW and in the iconic ‘Gherkin’ building in the city of London.

Alva Gallagher hails from the fishing village of Killybegs, Co. Donegal and said:

“I am so honoured to be the selected artist for The Sharp Building commission and to have my work interwoven into this stunning new landmark building in Dublin’s urban landscape. I am thrilled to have worked along side the Mc Garrell Reilly team, Business to Arts and G&S Stainless Services Ltd and to now see my piece ‘Rise’ ascending within the unique contemporary aesthetic of the Sharp Building as a modern sculptural portrait to signify the evolving future of the City that the Sharp Building exudes.“

Deirdre Reilly, McGarrell Reilly Group states:

“McGarrell Reilly are very proud of the Sharp Building and we decided that it would be fitting to have an impressive work of art to showcase on this prominent street corner. We are delighted and proud to commission the wonderful renowned Irish visual artist, Alva Gallagher, to create an original, fitting and beautiful glass sculpture to showcase in the Sharp Building for the benefit of all who will work here and those passing by on the street.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:

“We have been so impressed with the approach Alva and McGarrell Reilly have taken with this commission. This beautiful new glass and stainless steel artwork continues McGarrell Reilly’s tradition of incorporating artwork into new buildings during their construction phase. ‘Rise’ is magnificent and those working, living and commuting in the Docklands will be able to experience the ceiling sculpture as they pass the Sharp Building.”

If you are a business interested in commissioning an artist contact joeleen@businesstoarts.ie


 

Eileen Hanratty appointed Senior Manager – Membership & Projects

January 9th, 2019
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Eileen Hanratty. Picture by Conor McCabe

Business to Arts are very happy to announce that Eileen Hanratty has been appointed Senior Manager – Membership & Projects. Eileen rejoined Business to Arts in 2016 as Membership & Project Manager having returned from Canada where she worked as Co-ordinator of Annual Programs & Patron Engagement at the Canadian Opera Company and VIP Ticket Executive at the Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2019, after a period of sustained membership growth, she has been promoted to Senior Manager – Membership & Projects.

In this role, Eileen is responsible for developing our Corporate Membership offering. This includes the expansion of our Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme and the oversight of our advisory services which engage many businesses and individuals in funding quality arts projects.

Eileen’s expertise lies in the areas of high-level member servicing, working with the Business to Arts team to deliver our members’ events programme, and collaboratively working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance sponsorship and CSR strategies. Read more here.

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Business to Arts seek expressions of interest from businesses to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme

December 13th, 2018
‘Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today launched the Artist in Residence (AR) Programme Call for Expressions of Interest with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts; Charley Carroll, Mary Kate Kelly and Isabella Carroll at the Taylor Galleries as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD at the launch of the AR Programme with Andrew Hetherington and Charley Carroll

Business to Arts in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund announced that they are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that would like to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the AR Programme.

The AR Programme will cover a broad spectrum of activity and opportunities for artists and companies. Host companies will offer artists a working environment or a structure for engagement with their organisation’s CSR Programme and a selected local community organisation.

Up to €7,500 will be provided for the creation (or enhancement) of three AR Programmes in a Corporate Social Responsibility context. Selected programmes must involve a minimum of eighteen-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists. Priority will be given to AR Programmes where a significant portion of the associated activity occurs in regional areas. 

At the announcement, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., commented:

The National Creativity Fund enables the Creative Ireland Programme to activate, enable and support a range of innovative initiatives which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre.  As a Programme which has collaboration and community engagement at its core, I am particularly pleased that this initiative of Business to Arts, which encourages and enables active partnerships between business, artists and local communities, is one of the priority initiatives of the Creative Ireland Programme in 2019.

Through initiatives such as this Business to Arts artist residency, we want to encourage ambition, risk and innovation by harnessing the incredible talent and passion of our artists, our creative communities and local business innovators.  I look forward to following the progress of this initiative over the coming weeks and months and to sharing the outcomes of the projects when they come to fruition in 2019.’

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD also commented:

“Through Ireland’s national plan on CSR, ‘Towards Responsible Business’, the Government’s vision is that Ireland be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice.  I want businesses to realise that CSR creates a meaningful win/win for business, by supporting and protecting the community and environment in which they operate; while at the same time making businesses more competitive. I warmly welcome this collaborative CSR initiative by Business to Arts with the Government’s National Creativity Fund, and in particular its regional focus.”

Andrew Hetherington stated:

‘Having piloted a number of artist in residence programmes in the Dublin Docklands area under the Docklands Arts Fund, we are excited to expand to other regions across Ireland. Through the AR Programme we look forward to working with businesses, artists and local community groups, fostering an environment of collaboration, learning and wellbeing through creative practice.’

FAQ’s and application details can be accessed here.

 

Dublin Airport, NCAD & Business to Arts unveil winner of the Creative Journeys Billboard Open Call with Deirdre Byrne’s ‘High Flyers’

December 4th, 2018
Business to Arts DAA Picture Conor McCabe

Artist Deirdre Byrne with Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport Business to Arts DAA Picture Conor McCabe

Today, Dublin Airport and NCAD have announced that artist Deirdre Byrne, a NCAD graduate has been selected to have her artwork displayed at Dublin Airport. The work, ‘High Flyers’ which is displayed on a 7m x 2m billboard at one of Dublin Airport’s boarding gate piers, is part of a partnership between Dublin Airport and NCAD known as Creative Journeys. Dublin Airport held an open call this summer inviting anyone to submit a piece of work which would be displayed in Dublin Airport over 1 year. Over 100 entries were received.

As an Irish artist from Wexford, based in Spain, Deirdre was inspired by her journey’s returning to Dublin: “I often look out and try to spot landmarks below. When I learned of the open call, I thought this familiar landscape would make a good image for the billboard. The kites in the image that fly over the coastline were inspired by the work of the Wildlife Control Team in Dublin Airport that use kites depicting birds of prey to deter actual birds from the runway.”

At the unveiling of the work, Deirdre Byrne noted:“I’m really delighted that my work was selected by NCAD, Dublin Airport, and Business to Arts for the Creative Journeys Billboard Project. My work has never been printed to such a large scale before and it felt great to see the finished billboard in place at a busy spot in Terminal 1 where it will be seen by so many people passing through.”

Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport said: “We are delighted to feature Deirdre’s work here in Dublin Airport as part of our Creative Journey’s partnership with NCAD and Business to Arts. The finished piece is hugely impressive, and it is notable how many passengers are stopping to take it in. The various installations that form part of the Creative Journey’s partnership are individually and collectively transforming the visual landscape of Dublin Airport for our passengers. Dublin Airport provides the first welcome and last goodbye to Ireland for tens of millions of people every year and ‘High Flyers’ is already a firm favourite among both passengers and staff – our wildlife control team included.”

Supported by Business to Arts, the Creative Journey’s partnership will deliver a full public art programme at Dublin Airport over the next two years. Seven sites have been chosen across the airport campus to host works within Creative Journeys. The sites are located in landside and airside areas to allow both departing and arriving passengers to view the works of art. This enables members of the public who are at the airport but not travelling to view some of the installations. For full details see below.

Business To Arts & TileStyle Host final 30th Anniversary Event

December 4th, 2018
Business to Arts. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

(LtoR)Padraic Rowan, Andrew Hetherington, Gerard McNaughton, Ruth McCarthy, Clare Monnelly, Rory Nolan & Jamie O Neill at the TileStyle showrooms. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

For our final 30th Anniversary event, we collaborated with TileStyle our long-term patron. This event included performances by Rory Nolan, Clare Monnelly & Jamie O Neill and bass-baritone Padraic Rowan. Guest were taken on a theatrical promenade through the TileStyle showrooms with each performance located in a different section – bathrooms, wood rooms and stone rooms.

Introduced by Tony Award winning, Artistic Director of Druid, Garry Hynes, Rory read a emotive excerpt from Tom Murphy’s ‘A Whistle in the Dark’. This was followed by beautiful performances of ‘Non piu andrai’ from Le Nozze di Figaro and ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’ by Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary winner, Padraic Rowan, accompanied by Mairead Hurley. Our final performance of the evening saw Clare Monnelly and Jamie O Neill perform scenes from ‘Minefield’, a new work by Monnelly who is also a past McNaughton/TileStyle bursary winner.

Here are some thoughts from Andrew on the occasion:

“My sincere thanks to all our performers and contributors tonight to Gary Hynes and Rory Nolan and the team at Druid Theatre Company and to the talented Clare Monnelly and Padraic Rowan. 

For me, Rory’s reading from ‘A Whistle in the Dark’ is particularly relevant. The play was written and developed between 1959 – 1961 by Tom Murphy and made the audience think about the impact of power structures on Irish society at the time. Move forward almost 60 years and the arts and cultural industry continues to refocus our attention on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality in modern Ireland. Over recent years, the Business to Arts team have been proud to support initiatives such as Waking the Feminists, Women on Walls, Gaze Film Festival by securing financial and other supports to develop their mission’s and to make Ireland a more inclusive and equal society.

As you may know, this year is Business to Arts 30th Anniversary year and we have hosted a range of events in corporate settings. For this our final event of 2018, a special thanks to our hosts, TileStyle and our Chair, Ger McNaughton, Michele, Robin, JP and Ruth for everything they do to support Business to Arts. I also feel it is important to remember our former Chair Jim McNaughton. I did not meet Jim, but everyday, I am reminded of his impact on and importance to Business to Arts.

In an article from 1991 about Jim he discussed art and his involvement with Business to Arts. He said he had “started visiting places and seeing sights that he had never seen before”. He had spent too much of his life by being so “completely involved with the world of work and that there was this wonderful world waiting out there” in the arts. I believe each one of us know what he meant by that.”

Business to Arts. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Jamie O Neill & Clare Monnelly perform excerpts from ‘Minefields’. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Business to Arts’ next member’s event will take place on February 6th at 14 Henrietta Street.

Walkers and Business to Arts Announce Photography Competition Open To Schools In Dublin’s Docklands Under The Docklands Arts Fund

November 27th, 2018
Transition year students Casey Swaine, Caitlin Tucker and Csenge Horvath of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhabition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Transition year students Casey Swaine, Caitlin Tucker and Csenge Horvath of CBS Westland Row at the launch of photographic exhabition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Walkers and Business to Arts have announced the ‘Walkers Stories from the Docklands Photography Competition’. Walkers staff, family members, and students from local schools in the Dublin Docklands area are eligible to enter.

The deadline for entry is 5pm on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

The winning photographs will be displayed in the new Walkers offices in the IFSC and each winner will receive a professionally produced and mounted copy of their image. Additionally, voucher prizes will be given to category winners.

There are three competition categories for people to enter:

  • Children of Walkers staff/Students 11 years and under
  • Children of Walkers staff/Students 12 to 18 years of age
  • Walkers Staff

The competition looks to find great images, which focus on the themes of community, neighbourhood, work and play. For further details and to enter, please click here.

This project builds on the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence programme which is now its second year. In February 2018, Irish photographer Kate Nolan was announced as the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence. The residency includes a series of workshops, where Kate has introduced documentary photography to CBS Westland Row transition year students through ‘story walks’ of the Docklands. The residency supports Business to Arts’ wider programme of activity, which promotes the Arts collaboratively with businesses, artists, audiences and communities.

Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers commented:
‘We are immensely proud to support this initiative as an extension of our successful Photographer-in-Residence programme which is a key part of the annual CSR calendar at Walkers. The Docklands is an historic, vibrant and diverse area of Dublin City Centre and we look forward to seeing it captured in the photographs submitted for competition.’

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts stated:
‘As our Docklands Arts Fund programme continues to expand, we are delighted to build on our partnership with Walkers on this new photography competition. Taking the beautiful backdrop of Dublin Docklands as inspiration, we look forward to seeing staff family and student entries that focus on community, neighbourhood and work life in the local area’.

2018 Allianz Business to Arts Sponsorship Report provides key insights into Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Industry in Ireland

November 20th, 2018
No Repro Fee Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts CEO (left) with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year,  Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director (right), pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Andrew Hetherington with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO & Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

Today, Allianz and Business to Arts published the 2018 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report, following on from the success of the recent 27th Allianz Business to Arts Awards held at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in September. The annual report, launched at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), was published by Business to Arts from data supplied by sponsorship and marketing managers from the corporate and cultural sector during the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards campaign. This report adds to the membership organisation’s research and insight services providing an enhanced layer of insight and analysis for sponsors, rights holders and the public about this segment of the sponsorship market.

The report looks at sponsorship objectives that differentiate the arts, festivals and music over other types of sponsorship areas. It looks at sponsorships that are both one-off event relationships or multi-annual partnerships; sponsorship spend between 2017 and 2018, as well as anticipated spend in 2019; methods used to activate relationships and how success is measured.

Key outputs include:

  • Sponsors would choose an arts sponsorship over another type of sponsorship because it increases awareness of an organisations brand (80%); engages staff (78%) or creates unique events/experiences for a variety of stakeholders (78%) than other types of sponsorship
  • The most popular forms of activating sponsorships in the arts, festivals and music include branded signage, PR, printed literature, advertising (88%), digital campaign’s (72%) and staff engagement activities (67%)
  • Sponsors surveyed report that in 2019, 42% will increase their spend
  • All respondents were asked to nominate brands that they feel are best-in-class in their engagements with culture, and Accenture, Audi, Dublin Airport, ESB/Electric Ireland, Bord Gáis Energy are among those identified

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts stated:

“It is vital and encouraging, to see that 92% of respondents say that their sponsorship spend will remain the same or increase in 2019. The data analysed reflects a degree of mixed sentiment in the arts, festival and music sponsorship market, particularly as Brexit fast approaches. Trends point to an increase in staff engagement and digital activation of creative partnerships.  In 2019, we look forward to working with our partners to broker, enable and support partnerships.”

Sean McGrath, Chief Executive of Allianz Ireland, said:

“As title sponsor of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards we are delighted to partner the publication of the Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report 2018.  We welcome its many insights on the significant collaboration benefits generated when our business and artistic communities collaborate – not just for themselves, but for their communities and for society at large.  Business to Arts is to be commended for brokering, enabling and supporting these partnerships and for having the foresight to collect and publish the experiences, learnings and insights of those who have successfully participated in the 2018 projects.”    

Read the report here.

Business to Arts & Bank of Ireland host fifth 30th Anniversary Event At the House of Lords, College Green

November 14th, 2018
Business to Arts Thursday 11th October 2018. Picture Jason Clarke

Andrew Hetherington, Máire Carroll, Crash Ensemble, & Shane Hennessy with Bill Whelan. Picture Jason Clarke

For the fifth event of our 30th Anniversary year, we collaborated with Bank of Ireland, partner of Fundit.ie to celebrate our three-year sponsorship. The event showcased performances by successful Fundit.ie project creators Máire Carroll, Shane Hennessy and Crash Ensemble. The highlight of the evening was the world premiere of ‘Educo’ composed by renowned composer Bill Whelan to mark the occasion.

Bill was inspired by our “advocacy work and the mentoring role Business to Arts plays in an artist’s career”. Through support and training, we encourage artists to discover their own potential and artistic expression. In this composition, the guitar stands for the artist and the piano represents the support that can stimulate and inspire. The piece was composed for pianist Máire Carroll, guitarist Shane Hennessy, & members of Crash Ensemble. What connects these artists is the fact they have used Fundit.ie to fund a project.

Here are some thoughts from Andrew on the occasion:

“Over the last three years, we have had a partnership with Bank of Ireland on our crowdfunding website Fund it. It has included sponsorship of the website and a national programme of crowdfunding clinics at Bank of Ireland workbenches. This investment in Fund it has allowed us to redevelop the website, make it relevant for more projects and it has helped us to future proof our technological needs.

The support from Bank of Ireland has also enabled us to unlock matched-funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht to achieve this. To date, Fund it has helped 1,500 Irish projects launch and raise funds on the website. In doing so, close to €5m has been committed by more than 80,000 people around the world.

As part of Business to Arts 30th Anniversary celebrations, tonight we are showcasing some of the exceptional musical talent that have used the website to help their own ideas come to life. Nights like tonight only happen when there is an alignment of trust, connection, commitment and talent.”

Our final 30th Anniversary event will take place at TileStyle on November 28th.

2018 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC: ‘The Power of Data’

September 26th, 2018
Repro Free: Business to Arts PwC. Picture Jason Clarke

Picture Jason Clarke

PwC once again hosted the annual Business to Arts’ CEO Forum. The Forum is a group of over 100 leaders from business and the arts in Ireland who come together to discuss new challenges and strategies, and share their insights.  The 2018 CEO Forum focused on how data and data insights are informing business decisions and helping business growth. Our panellists included:

  • Vincent Harrison, Managing Director, Dublin Airport
  • Sandra Collins, Director of The National Library of Ireland
  • Michael Duffy, CEO, Royal Dublin Society
  • Leonard McAuliffe, Director, PwC

As part of preparation for the CEO Forum, a two-phase PwC & Business to Arts survey was carried out among arts and cultural organisations affiliated to Business to Arts. It aimed to identify the levels of preparedness, opportunities and challenges that were presented by GDPR. The first survey was carried out in April 2018. Those who had participated in the first survey were contacted again in September 2018 to examine their position in relation to GDPR four months after the implementation deadline.

PWC & Business to Arts research reveals:

  • In April 2018, 68% of respondents said they had started the process to become GDPR compliant. In September 2018, 100% of respondents reported that they are continuing to take steps to ensure their GDPR compliance
  • In April 2018, respondents expected that GDPR compliance would create challenges in relation to their marketing and fundraising performance. Namely:

89% expected increased administration

63% expected additional governance and compliance requirements

58% expected increased human resource time

30% expected increased risk and financial cost

  • In September 2018, respondents identified that the most difficult aspects of becoming GDPR compliant were understanding what was required, allocation of appropriate time, and ensuring appropriate levels of staffing
  • In September 2018, 57% of respondents reported that they have seen benefits of GDPR implementation. Benefits include enhanced targeting of audiences, increased open rates of email communications and increased transparency

Speaking about the survey findings,

Leonard McAuliffe, Director, PwC Cyber practice, said: “Business and arts organisations collate personal data for events, sponsorship and another reasons and each organisation, regardless of its size, must ensure that this data is protected and properly held in accordance with the regulations. In our experience, businesses and arts organisations have employed significant resources, time and expense, to be GDPR compliant, and this work is ongoing. It is important that the benefits of GDPR, including improved transparency over safe data storage, better engagement with stakeholders and enhanced public trust, are realised by all organisations, including those in the arts and cultural sector.”

Chief Executive of Business to Arts, Andrew Hetherington states:

‘With organisations more focused on enhancing audience insight and data usage, the corporate and cultural sectors have much to learn from each other about ways they can interact with and understand their audience or consumer. Importantly, in this new era of data regulation, our CEO Forum is focusing on the decisions that are informed or made using data analysis and insights as well as those that are informed by our experience’. 

2018 Small Grants scheme recipients announced under the Docklands Arts Fund

September 20th, 2018
*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 19/9/2018 : Tamar Keane, Smashing Times Theatre Company, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Artist Fergal McCarthy and pianist Máire Carroll at the Pearse Street Piano for the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Small Grants Scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. To learn more see www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund’ . Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

Tamar Keane, Smashing Times Theatre Company, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, Artist Fergal McCarthy and pianist Máire Carroll at the Pearse Street Piano for the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Small Grants Scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Today, Business to Arts announce this year’s recipients of the 2018 Small Grants scheme under the Docklands Arts Fund. The objective of the Docklands Arts Fund is to enhance and develop the appreciation of quality art experiences in the Docklands area. Fergal McCarthy (visual artist), Máire Carroll (pianist) & Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company will receive funding for each of their projects, which will be based in Dublin’s Docklands over the next year.

The Docklands Arts Fund, is a partnership between Business to Arts, Dublin City Council and local businesses and individuals. In 2017/2018, 60 people supported the Docklands Arts Fund through donations of cash and proceeds from the sale of the annual Docklands Arts Fund Print Commission. The three projects are:

  • Fergal McCarthy will spend several months researching source material relating to the Dublin Docklands to create a book, delivering an engaging, humorous account of the story of the Docklands. This book will be distributed without cost to local primary schools in the Docklands area, with Fergal hosting presentations of the project to school pupils. blogspot.com/
  • Pianist Máire Carroll will bring her Hidden Piano’s music series, aimed at bringing contemporary and classical music to new audiences in unexpected places, to primary school students in the Docklands area. Máire will work with students to engage and encourage them to explore music, and together compose a piece using their individual musical and lyrical ideas. mairecarroll.com
  • Smashing Times is a professional company involved in performance, training and participation. The company will deliver 4 participatory drama workshops, theatre performances and post-show discussions in the Docklands area to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention as part of ‘Acting for the Future’. smashingtimes.ie

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts states:

‘Local community engagement is at the core of Docklands Arts Fund activity. Each year it continues to build a reputation for quality arts experiences that bring those who live and work in the environment together through creative collaborations. Our 2018 Small Grants recipients will create performances, workshops and publications, which respond to audiences and the context of the Docklands’.    

To learn more about the Docklands Arts Fund click here

 

‘Tríocha’ – Celebrating 30 years by Seán and Françoise Gilley

September 12th, 2018

Wine label final web

‘Tríocha bliain ag cothú comhpháirtíochtaí’. Over the past 30 years, Business to Arts have enabled, developed and supported creative partnerships between the corporate and cultural sectors in Ireland through commissioning, sponsorship, staff engagement, training and bespoke events. The creation of ‘Tríocha’, in conjunction with Terroirs marks this special milestone and celebrates the achievements of Business to Arts to date.

When Seán and Françoise Gilley of Terroirs realised that 2018 would mark Business to Arts 30th Anniversary they wanted to make a special contribution. Since the early 90’s the Gilley’s have been fervent supporters of Business to Arts creative and professional projects within the art world.

Wine-making is also a form of artistry. Since 1994 Françoise and Seán Gilley have been focusing on sourcing and importing hand-selected wines produced by family-owned properties who respect nature.

The Gilley’s approached wine grower and wine maker Sylvain Morey of Bastide du Claux from the Luberon in Provence. An art lover, Morey farms his vineyards organically and crafts excellent wines in Provence and also in Burgundy. Sylvain was indeed thrilled and proud to produce two special wines for Business to Arts 30th Anniversary in conjunction with Terroirs.

Sylvain Morey Wine Maker 2 web

Such a special wine deserves a distinct name. ‘Tríocha’ was an obvious name for the occasion. In a subtle way it denotes the 30 years that Business to Arts have persisted in developing and supporting creative partnerships between the corporate and cultural sectors in Ireland.

With a high proportion of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino from thirty year old vines, ‘Tríocha’ white 2016 displays subtle and fine aromas of honeysuckle and stone fruit which both entice and satisfy. ‘Tríocha’ is delicate, fresh and pristine which makes it a great partner for seafood.

The perfectly ripe berries of Syrah and Grenache noir from thirty five year old vines produced the very attractive ‘Tríocha’ rouge 2016. The palate delivers notes of delicate black and red fruit followed by a subtle layer of spices. Vibrant and luxurious with a silky texture, this wine will pair beautifully with grilled meats and cheese.

‘Tríocha’ was served to guests at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards on Sept 4th at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

‘Tríocha’ can purchased for €23.50 at Terroirs in Donnybrook & a percentage of sales will be donated to our Arts Fund. Corporate packages are available and Business to Arts members will receive a 20% discount. Please contact info@businesstoarts.ie for further details. 

Business to Arts Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023

September 10th, 2018

Strategic Plan 2018-2023 cover RS
This year, Business to Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary and it is the right time to look forward and set out a plan for what we can achieve over the period 2018–2023.

We believe that our work advocating for, supporting and developing creative partnerships has never been more relevant. This five-year plan is inspired by the resilience we have witnessed in recent years and by our stakeholders’ ambitions for the future.

Since our foundation in 1988, we have brokered, enabled and supported a wide range of creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. This work involves multi-layered relationships with our corporate members and arts affiliates in order to develop solutions in areas such as sponsorship, CSR, commissioning, philanthropy, staff engagement, art collections, internal and external communications and client events. In addition to this, we also work with our arts affiliates providing a range of training opportunities to help diversify income streams, grow audiences and improve efficiencies.

Our corporate membership base and network ranges across the business sectors from local family-run companies, SMEs, semi-state companies to FDIs and corporate foundations. Our arts affiliate base extends from individual artists to the National Cultural Institutions, and includes all art forms.

We invite feedback on this Strategic Plan from our stakeholders. Please direct any observations, feedback or suggested enhancements before 5pm, Monday 15th October 2018 to info@businesstoarts.ie or +353 1 662 9238.

Business to Arts Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023 (Low Res 1MB)
Business to Arts Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023 (Hi Res 6MB)

2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners Announced

September 5th, 2018
No Repro Fee Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts CEO (left) with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director (right), pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Andrew Hetherington, with Aibhlínn Doheny, Music Generation Student from Portlaoise who are currently participating in Music Generation’s national programme, now in its 8th year, Sean McGrath, Allianz CEO and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation National Director, pictured together at the announcement of U2 & The Ireland Funds with supporters Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation as winners of the Best Long-Term Partnership for ‘Music Generation’ at the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards.’ Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Hennessy, William Fry, BNP Paribas, Colourtrend, Bank of America were among the winners in 11 categories at the 27th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre tonight.

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards, attracted a high levels of entries, increased regional activity and long-term partnerships that continue to evolve through diverse activation campaigns. Over €13m spent on arts sponsorships submitted. The Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships and bring businesses and the arts into mutually beneficial relationships across society. The evening was a celebration of the most innovative and creative partnerships in Ireland in 2017/2018.

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Best Use of Creativity in the Community

Bray Municipal District with Bray Credit Union, Megazyme & Platform Pizza with Chris Judge and Donna Carroll for ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’

Best Creative Staff Engagement

William Fry & Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for ‘Incognito’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice   

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre & Ani Mollereau for ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture’

Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists   

Aisling O’Mara

Allianz Community Art Award

The Forget-Me-Nots Choir

daa €5,000 Arts Award

Waterford Walls

Best Small Sponsorship – under €15,000 value 

Colourtrend & Waterford Walls for ‘Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival’

Best Long Term Partnership

U2 & The Ireland Funds with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for ‘Music Generation’, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills & Local Music Education Partnerships

Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value  

TileStyle for ‘TileStyle Supporting the Arts’

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

BNP Paribas & IMMA for ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021’

Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment  

Hennessy for ‘Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA’, ‘Hennessy Literary Awards’ with New Irish Writing and The Irish Times, and ‘Hennessy Lost Friday’ with Royal Hibernian Academy
Leading the congratulations among over 500 business and arts leaders at the theatre was Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD. 

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

“The Awards play a vital role in benchmarking models of good practice in Ireland, and a platform to showcase ideas. With the central tenets of the Awards being innovation and creativity, they constantly attract the best creative talent in Ireland to create a memorable event that inspires those who attend to engage more with Ireland’s cultural community and industry.”

Speaking at the announcement of the winners, Sean McGrath, CEO of Allianz Ireland, said:

“The 30th anniversary of Business to Arts as an organisation this year gives us even more reason to celebrate. As partners of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards for 18 years now, we have seen how this process of arts and business collaboration has enriched us in ways you cannot measure. Ireland has changed beyond recognition. In that time, and even now, the one constant was the arts’ contribution in helping us better understand our cultural identity and how it helps Ireland thrive in challenging times.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts, said:

‘As we celebrate Business to Arts’ 30th Anniversary, we recognise the importance of the Awards to our organisations mission – to enable, develop and support creative partnerships. Celebrating and showcasing best-practice national and regional partnerships that have taken place this past year, encourages businesses in Ireland and abroad to look to the arts and identify ways to address business, social and environmental needs.’

2018 marks the 27th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop and sustain creative partnerships. The awards recognise large, mid-sized, small and long-term sponsorships, staff engagement activities, commissioning, corporate social responsibility programme, community engagement and portfolio-based partnerships.

For the 27th anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, the awards sculpture once again has been commissioned by daa. This year’s sculpture was created by Dublin based artist Ed Miliano.  Ed took inspiration for ‘Shine’ from the skyline he passed by in Tokyo on the way from his home to his studio. A sun, imagined as a cut-out circle, rises above the city and sheds light, allowing light and creativity to flow through the city.

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