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Bank of Ireland launches the third round of the Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts

May 5th, 2022
Pictured was Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding as part of Round 2 of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

Pictured was Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding as part of Round 2 of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

 

The third round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts was launched today. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available over three years, with the third round being awarded to projects taking place between October 2022 and December 2023.  A total of €300,000 will be awarded during this period.

The criteria for this round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund has been updated to focus on projects that enhance the wellbeing of their communities. The total amount of funding available per project has also been raised to €15,000.

The Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to the fund.

During the second round of the Arts Fund over €300,000 was distributed to 39 projects across the island of Ireland. Projects such as ‘Takeaway Theatre’, an interactive performance at home for people with disabilities and their families in Co. Down; The Little Museum of Dublin’s ‘My Name is Eileen’ exhibition which tells the story of Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Traveller to become a member of the Oireachtas; and ‘Sensory SongTales’ by Baboró, a unique and innovative multisensory arts experience designed for young children with additional needs.

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

“As arts and culture continue to reopen to in-person audiences and visitors, I welcome the third round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund launched today, supported by my Department, in partnership with Business to Arts. This third round will help artists and arts organisations to reconnect with their communities and contribute to their wellbeing now and into the future.”

 

Oliver Wall, Chief of Staff and Head of Group Corporate Affairs, Bank of Ireland said,

 “The role of artists and arts organisations in connecting communities through you the pandemic has been critical. I’m delighted that the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts, continues to support new work and artistic practice.  I’m particularly happy that more audiences will now get to enjoy these works in person. 

 The focus this year on projects that enhance the wellbeing of their communities represents an important part of our wider support for communities across the island of Ireland”. 

 

Louise O’Reilly, CEO, Business to Arts said,

“The arts provided the greatest solace to us all during the pandemic, so we are grateful to Bank of Ireland for recognising the central role of the arts in enhancing the wellbeing of our communities through this Fund, and with continuing to support the arts sector whose own resilience has been sorely tested over the past two years.”

 

About the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund:

This Fund provides fees to artists or groups of artists to create new work and help maximise the budgets of partner organisations (e.g. arts organisations, community/voluntary organisations, etc.) for their programme of activity.

Artists or groups of artists applying must work with a partner organisation (e.g. a venue or event, arts organisation, community/voluntary organisation or another funding agency/organisation). Applicants can request funds between €5,000 – €15,000 / (STG equivalent), and average grants will be €10,000 / (STG equivalent), with maximum grants of €15,000 / (STG equivalent). Arts projects with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for the third round of applications is Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/bank-of-ireland for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

Artist Christopher Steenson reflects on his win of the 2021 Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace Award supported by ESB

April 20th, 2022

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With the deadline for nominations for the 30th Business to Arts Awards just a few days away, we caught up with artist Christopher Steenson on his experience winning the 2021 Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace Award supported by ESB for his partnership with Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann for ‘On Chorus’.

This large-scale public sound artwork used field recordings of the spring dawn chorus of birdsong around Dublin during the first Covid-19 lockdown and was broadcast over the Irish Rail PA system from 8am – 9am every morning from November 18- 29, 2020.

What made you decide to work with a business when creating this project?

Collaborating with Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann On Chorus emerged as a natural decision, because of the unique set of circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

With galleries closed, most artists and institutions were migrating their programmes online, as a way of adapting to government restrictions which was something that I found particularly troubling, as it seemed to devalue the communal experience of art that happens in the shared space of a gallery, music venue, theatre or otherwise.

So, On Chorus was partly about figuring out a way of presenting art in a way that didn’t solely exist online, whilst still working within the public health restrictions that existed at that time.

This can be particularly problematic for sound-based artworks because they usually rely on a lot of technology – like speakers, audio amplifiers, media players and cabling – to present them to audiences. So, for me, what makes the artwork special is the fact that it was able to utilise Iarnród Éireann’s network of PA systems for a new purpose and I was actually able to create large-scale ‘national’ public sound artwork, that was broadcast across the entire country for two weeks.

It would have been nearly impossible to achieve a sound artwork of this scale and ambition without Iarnród Éireann’s support in this regard.

How did winning a Business to Arts Award help you to further your practice?

Winning a Business to Arts Award was a significant moment for my artistic practice. Very few awards like this exist in Ireland, so receiving this award was a huge validation of my practice to date, as well as serving as an important form of recognition for the On Chorus artwork.

The impact that awards have can be very difficult to quantify, but I do think that receiving this award, and the positive coverage surrounding it and the artwork in general, definitely made more people aware of my work and has led to various other opportunities, exhibitions, to funding, residencies and opportunities to speak about my work.

The award also allowed me to leverage additional support from Iarnród Éireann. They sponsored the creation of a vinyl record of On Chorus (https://christophersteenson.bandcamp.com/album/on-chorus), which documented the artwork as it was broadcast in train stations around Ireland. This is the first of hopefully many sound-based publications I’ll make in the future.

Additionally, ESB supported the ‘Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace’ award I was given. I recently received funding from ESB through their Brighter Future Arts Fund to create a new sound artwork for the Derry City Walls, which I am currently developing in collaboration with the Nerve Centre, which will be launched in Summer 2023. I’m sure that receiving the Business to Arts Award gave them a positive view of my application.

What advice would you give to someone embarking on a new arts and business collaboration?

My main piece of advice would be to not be afraid to approach a business if you think that they can offer support. The worst thing that can happen is that they will say no, and there is usually plenty of scope for conversation, even if this is the answer you do get initially. But also think carefully about the ways in which a company can offer something unique for your particular project, and how it can enhance the work you are trying to make, whilst also aligning with your own values and ideas.

Not every project needs support from a business as well, and that’s fine too.

Business to Arts Announces new Chief Executive, Louise O’Reilly

March 28th, 2022
Louise O'Reilly - photo by Renato Ghiazza

Louise O’Reilly – photo by Renato Ghiazza

Today, Business to Arts is pleased to announce that Louise O’Reilly will be joining the organisation as Chief Executive. Louise has over 20 years of experience in developing and delivering purpose-driven and mission-led strategic initiatives and special projects at the intersection of art and science, culture, and innovation. She has a proven track record in engaging, influencing, and establishing cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder partnerships in both Ireland and international contexts that deliver transformative results.

Louise’s depth of expertise in arts management and cultural projects ranges across visual art, film, socially-engaged practice, music, theatre, heritage, architecture, art-science, technology, and innovation, from start-up to execution and evaluation. She was also a founding team member of a new social sciences, arts, and humanities lab at The Dock, Accenture’s global research and innovation hub. Immersed in the latest thinking around ESG standards she has pioneered conscientious innovation, helping global corporate leaders move beyond good intentions in creating value for people and society.

Louise previously led on the strategic network development of new Science Gallery locations in London, Melbourne, Bangalore, and Venice, on the international development of the Irish Film Institute Player, and on the operational establishment of Dublin City Council Culture Company. She has also worked as a lobbyist and coordinator for the National Campaign for the Arts and is an alumna of the international Clore and Common Purpose Leadership Programmes.

Louise currently sits on the Board of Directors for Irish Architecture Foundation, and CREATE, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Art, providing her with invaluable governance, HR, legal, financial oversight and risk management experience. Having led the development of five-year strategies for both organisations, her work has been central to leveraging strategic funding increases and driving organisational and strategic momentum.

In 2020 Louise graduated with a Diploma in Legal Studies from The Honorable Society of The King’s Inns and in 2021 received her Diploma in Intellectual Property and Tech Law from the Law Society.

Speaking about her appointment Louise said:

“I have long been motivated to create the conditions for artists to make great work, and I believe Business to Arts can unlock real value for our clients across the private and public sector, arts, and culture. I look forward to leading Business to Arts, its team, and activities, in catalysing conversations between Ireland’s cultural and corporate communities, and in building partnerships that lead to projects with real societal impact.”

Davina Saint, Chair of Business to Arts said:

‘I am really looking forward to working with Louise and to her joining the Business to Arts team. Louise brings a wealth of experience with her to the role, and I believe that she will broaden our stakeholder engagement and develop Business to Arts in line with our strategic vision.’

Louise will join Business to Arts on 4th April.

Nominations for the 2022 Business to Arts Awards are now live!

March 3rd, 2022
Pictured at this year’s Awards venue, the National Concert Hall, was Tina Segner, performance artist and co-founder at Tumble Circus street theatre company based in Belfast with Awards partners Etain Seymour, Marketing and Communications Director at Accenture, Susan Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager for Irish Life Corporate Business, Orla O’Connor, Chair for Arthur Cox, Gerard McNaughton, Creative Director for TileStyle, Bevin Cody, Corporate Reputation Manager for ESB, and Clare Duignan, Board Member for Business to Arts and Chair of this year’s Awards Judging Panel.

Pictured at this year’s Awards venue, the National Concert Hall, was Tina Segner, performance artist and co-founder at Tumble Circus street theatre company based in Belfast with Awards partners Etain Seymour, Marketing and Communications Director at Accenture, Susan Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager for Irish Life Corporate Business, Orla O’Connor, Chair for Arthur Cox, Gerard McNaughton, Creative Director for TileStyle, Bevin Cody, Corporate Reputation Manager for ESB, and Clare Duignan, Board Member for Business to Arts and Chair of this year’s Awards Judging Panel.

 

Today, Business to Arts, their innovation partner Accenture, and category partners Arthur Cox, daa, ESB, Irish Life, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Times and TileStyle launched the call for nominations for the landmark 30th anniversary 2022 Business to Arts Awards.

The Awards celebrate the power of partnerships between two sectors that can generate learning, wellbeing, joy and innovation during times of hardship. At the awards launch, Business to Arts and the awards partners encouraged businesses and philanthropists to look to the cultural sector for inspiration and support in providing engaging, insightful and enjoyable experiences both within and outside of the workplace. Previous award winners include Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail, An Post, Flogas, Grant Thornton, Dublin Port Company, Irish Film Institute, and the Naughton Foundation.

This year marks a landmark year in the Awards history and also represents the highest level of monetary support to the arts offered with €25,000 available through bursaries and awards.

Now in its 13th year, the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, is open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. The inaugural year of the ‘Accenture Digital Innovation in Art’ Bursary will offer €10,000 to an artist whose work is created digitally and showcases how harnessing the combination of technology and human ingenuity can produce new perspectives and approaches to art. The daa €5,000 Arts Award honours an arts organisation in recognition of its effective and imaginative collaboration with a business. Additionally, the Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts award, supported by the Arts Council, recognises outstanding examples of sustainable and impactful arts philanthropy.

There are 11 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training, philanthropy, and staff programmes. The online application form can be accessed through www.businesstoarts.ie/awards.

 

Clare Duignan, Chair of this year’s judging panel and Board Member of Business to Arts said:

‘The 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards ceremony will combine physical with virtual to celebrate the very best in creative partnerships from the last 18 months. As we emerge and recover from the effects of pandemic it is vital to celebrate new, innovative, and sustained corporate partnerships that support artistry, creativity, and society.

In our work, we are increasingly seeing business organisations connect with important issues around sustainability, equality, technology, and wellbeing by engaging with the arts, and we hope to see this reflected in this year’s nominations.’

 

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

‘The last couple of years has reminded us all of the comfort we get from the arts when surrounded by so much disruption in our lives. Now more than ever, creative partnerships between businesses and the arts can bring hope and joy across society. We’re thrilled to offer the inaugural ‘Digital Innovation in Art’ Bursary and look forward to seeing how the submissions showcase the exciting possibilities of technology and human ingenuity working together.’

 

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

 

‘Irish Life is thrilled to sponsor the Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community once again this year. Supporting the arts is a real privilege for us, as I’m sure it is for all of the businesses associated with this fantastic project.

Helping the people of Ireland to build better futures is something we strive to do in every facet of our business, every single day. So, we are exceptionally proud to support the arts and in particular, the crucial role that creativity plays in inspiring, uplifting and cultivating better communities all over Ireland, both now and into the future.’

 

Orla O’Connor, Chair, Arthur Cox said:

‘We are delighted to partner with Business to Arts for the 30th anniversary of the awards. In Arthur Cox we have always been passionate about supporting the arts both through our commissioning programme and our own art collection. Over the last two years, creative corporate partnerships have been so important in terms of providing support to the arts sector and we look forward to seeing the shortlisted projects.’

 

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

‘The Arts Council welcomes, appreciates and encourages partnerships between socially minded businesses and philanthropists. We welcome applications that demonstrate best-practice in the area of sustainable arts philanthropy and we look forward to working with our colleagues in Business to Arts in this important area.’

Bevin Cody, Corporate Reputation Manager, ESB said:

‘As a long-time supporter of the arts in Ireland, ESB is delighted to once again sponsor the Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace Award. We know the vital role the arts can play in enriching our working life, fostering staff wellbeing and building a vibrant work environment. This category always delivers a diverse and innovative approach to using the arts to build healthy resilient businesses, and we look forward to the same high standard this year.’

Cathy Burke, Head of Internal Communications, daa said:

‘daa has a strong and fruitful relationship with the Business to Arts team and has been a proud sponsor of the awards for close on three decades. We are delighted to once again commission the award sculpture, which has an added significance this year, as it not only marks 30 years of the awards but also our association with this event. We are very much looking forward to seeing all the submissions, including those for the Arts Award, which never fail to impress with their creativity and imagination.’

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

‘The importance of support and partnership by business to the arts community has been more evident than ever over the past few years. The Irish Times Group is once again proud to support the Best Long-Term Partnership Award. Congratulations to the Business to Arts team as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of these Awards.’

Gerry Butler, Managing Director, TileStyle said:

‘We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Business to Arts Awards in this landmark year and to provide crucial Bursary support for an artist to develop their work. These awards shine a light on the great things that can be achieved when corporate and cultural communities connect and get creative together.’

Five Arts Projects to share €250,000 ESB Brighter Future Arts Funding in partnership with Business to Arts

February 1st, 2022
*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 1/2/2022 : ESB in partnership with Business to Arts, has announced details of five projects spanning multiple artforms selected to receive funding from the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund. The €250,000 fund supports artists and arts organisations that are delivering creative projects to promote awareness of climate change and inspire positive action in their communities.  Pictured at today’s announcement at Fitzwilliam 27, ESB’s new headquarters, are Davina Saint, Chairperson Business to Arts, Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive, ESB and dancers Robyn Byrne and Vitor Bassi, representing Dublin Dance Festival, one of the fund recipients. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : Emily Carson, email emily@businesstoarts.ie phone 089 609 1990

Pictured at today’s announcement at Fitzwilliam 27, ESB’s new headquarters, are Davina Saint, Chairperson Business to Arts, Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive, ESB and dancers Robyn Byrne and Vitor Bassi, representing Dublin Dance Festival, one of the fund recipients. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

  • €250,000 ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund, delivered in partnership with Business to Arts, to support arts and arts organisations aiming to engage communities around sustainability and the energy transition
  • Five projects, in Carlow, Waterford, Limerick, Derry and Dublin selected from over 85 submissions across the island of Ireland.

 ESB, in partnership with Business to Arts, has announced five projects spanning theatre, poetry, music, dance, sculpture, gardening, visual arts and soundscapes, that have been selected to receive funding from the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund. The €250,000 fund was established in 2021 to support artists and arts organisations to deliver creative projects that will promote awareness of climate change and inspire positive action around sustainability and the energy transition.

The five selected projects are:

  • Future Limerick – a multidisciplinary climate arts festival which is a collaboration between Sunday’s Child Theatre Company and the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable in Limerick. This project will see performances, workshops, projections, and more take place in Limerick in May 2022.
  • Theatre Royal Biodiversity Garden, Waterford – a partnership between Theatre Royal and Waterford City & County Council, this project will see a pollinator-friendly willow sculpture by artist Elaine McDonagh installed in a new biodiversity garden adjacent to the Theatre Royal.
  • Future Light from Distant Stars, Carlow – a partnership between artist David Beattie and the Visual Centre of Contemporary Art in Carlow to create a colourful greenhouse installation powered by solar panels, emitting light, and acting as a growing space, workshop venue and meeting place.
  • Almanac for a Walled City, Derry – a partnership between sound artist Christopher Steenson and the Nerve Centre, Derry to explore solutions to the climate crisis by looking at Ireland’s unique relationship with the weather.
  • Moving Futures – Dublin Dance Festival – a partnership between Dublin Dance Festival and specialist Irish lighting / technology company Lightscape (www.lightscape.ie) to create a site-specific performance at ESB’s newly redeveloped Head Office in Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, exploring the themes of sustainability and human connection.

Speaking at the announcement, Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive of ESB, said: “As a long-standing supporter of the arts in Ireland, ESB recognises the important role that artists play in helping communities not only to understand and interpret past and current events, but to imagine our future. Through this fund, we want to support artists and organisations committed to engaging and supporting communities to achieve a net zero future. The selected projects reflect the diverse and creative approach that was evident across all submissions, and we look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition over the next two years.”

Davina Saint, Chairperson of Business to Arts, said: “The five incredible projects across the island of Ireland that are being funded by the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund demonstrate how artists and arts organisations uniquely interpret and communicate critical issues in creative ways. ESB is a long-term supporter of Business to Arts and the arts. We champion companies that are committed to supporting the arts and we are proud to partner with ESB on this innovative fund.”

For more information on the fund or selected projects visit:

www.esb.ie/arts

Andrew Hetherington Announces Departure from Business to Arts

January 6th, 2022
Andrew Hetherington - Chief Executive, Business to Arts. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

Andrew Hetherington – Chief Executive, Business to Arts. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

It is with both sadness and appreciation that we share the news that Andrew Hetherington has today announced his departure from Business to Arts after more than seven years in the role of Chief Executive and fourteen years with the organisation. He will leave in March to take a new senior role in the arts sector, details of which will be announced soon.

Commenting on his time with Business to Arts, Andrew said…

“I’ve been enormously privileged to work with Business to Arts for over fourteen years. Our membership and executive team has increased in recent times and they have designed, built and delivered projects and solutions that have demonstrated our commitment to the challenges and future trends in the cultural sector, including…

• Our work with our many corporate patrons and members enabling their sponsorships, events, art commissions and art collections
• Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Arts Fund, which was created to support artists and arts organisations as they respond to the challenges created by the pandemic
• Our New Stream Fundraising Fellowship, which is a partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and is incrementally building fundraising capacity in the arts sector
• ESB’s Brighter Future Arts Fund, which was created to imagine a brighter future as we shift to a low carbon energy future
• Establishing Fundit.ie, which is Ireland’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding website for the creative sector
• Championing and recognising excellence in partnership with the arts through the annual Business to Arts Awards
• Our work with Government informing and contributing to The COVID-19 Arts & Culture Recovery Taskforce, Culture 2025, The National CSR Stakeholder Forum & The Forum for Philanthropy & Fundraising

Importantly, I would like to thank Davina Saint (Chair) and the Board of Business to Arts, my current colleagues Emily, Michelle, Eileen, Rachel and Mella, all former colleagues and Board members for their support both professionally and personally and their commitment to the organisation.

I will remain a strong advocate of the work of Business to Arts. Its reach and impact on an annual basis is exceptional and I’ve had the pleasure of being able to collaborate with so many senior stakeholders in the arts, business and public sectors. As I embark on the next stage of my career, I know that the organisation is primed for future successes and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing the next phase of its development.”

Speaking about the announcement, Davina Saint, Chair of Business to Arts said:

“Andrew has been a passionate and driven change-maker for Business to Arts. He has worked so hard to manifest the organisation that we have today. As a Board we are all proud of his achievements and wish him every success with the next stage of his career; knowing that he will always be one of our champions.”

The Board of Business to Arts have begun the process of identifying a new Chief Executive. More information on this will follow. Andrew will leave Business to Arts in March 2022.

See businesstoarts.ie/recruitment and The Irish Times from 7th January 2022 for further details.

Business to Arts is hiring a Senior Manager Membership & Projects

December 10th, 2021


We are seeking a Senior Manager – Membership & Projects to join Business to Arts.

Salary: €40,000 – €50,000 (+ performance-related bonus)

3 year contract.

Location: Blended  Involving onsite (Dublin 2), client-based (Dublin & National) & remote.

Summary & Job Description

The Senior Manager – Membership & Projects is one of Business to Arts’ most central roles. Reporting to the CEO and Head of Communications & Partnerships, the successful candidate will guide and deliver Business to Arts’ Membership programme, and oversee the development and delivery of member’s projects, which include Advisory Services and Arts Funds.

The Senior Manager – Membership & Projects will be an excellent communicator and relationship manager, who adapts to a broad range of project needs and knows how to attract, build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

The successful candidate will also have an eye for detail and have the drive to reach challenging revenue targets and KPIs. They will inspire those they interact with to commit to and support our mission to support the arts. They will form part of our executive leadership team and work with our Board to deliver on Business to Arts’ Strategic Plan. They will actively deliver our strategy to increase opportunities for corporate engagement with Business to Arts and retain these relationships.

Download the Senior Manager – Membership & Projects Business to Arts Job Description 2021.

TO APPLY FOR THE ROLE

  • Candidates can submit their application in confidence to recruitment[@]businesstoarts.ie Each application must include a concise cover letter (max. 1 page) outlining how they meet the above requirements and CV (max. 2 pages)
  • The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 7 January, 2022
  • First round interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 17 January 2022 and will be subject to relevant COVID-19 guidelines at the time.
  • Applicants should be available to commence the role (ideally) in March 2022 or sooner.

Partners return for 30th Anniversary of Business to Arts Awards in 2022

December 8th, 2021

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Business to Arts is thrilled to announce the partners for the 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards in 2022.

Accenture, Arthur Cox, ESB, daa, Irish Life, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Times and TileStyle will once again support the Awards.

Accenture has expanded its support of the Awards as this year’s ‘Innovation Partner’, with a focus on delivering a digitally-enabled ceremony and the introduction of a new bursary of €10,000 awarded for ‘Digital Innovation in Art’.

Speaking about the partnership Etain Seymour, Director of Marketing & Communications at Accenture in Ireland said:
‘We are delighted to evolve our support of the annual Business to Arts Awards and introduce a new Digital Innovation in Art bursary. The last couple of years has reminded us all of the comfort we get from the arts when surrounded by so much disruption in our lives. Now more than ever, creative partnerships between businesses and the arts can bring hope and joy across society. For that reason, our role as Innovation Partner will bring the best of technology and innovation together with artists and performers to ensure the awards ceremony reaches a broad audience digitally in 2022.’

The landmark 30th anniversary judging panel will be chaired by Clare Duignan, a Business to Arts board member as well as a member of the boards of the Irish Times, Fáilte Ireland, IMRO and the Chester Beatty Library. Clare chaired the 2020 Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce and has previously served on the boards of the Arts Council, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Dublin International Film Festival and more. Her career at RTÉ saw her serve in a number of senior executive positions including Head of Independent Productions, Director of Programmes TV, and Managing Director Radio and Performing Groups.

The Arts & Culture Recovert Taskforce Chairperson, Ms. Clare Duignan pictured with Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D. at the launch of the Taskforce's report. Photo Fennell Photography 2020

The Arts & Culture Recovery Taskforce Chairperson, Ms. Clare Duignan pictured with Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D. at the launch of the Taskforce’s report. Photo Fennell Photography 2020

On the announcement, Clare said:
‘I am thrilled to Chair the judging panel for the 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards in 2022. Over the past 30 years the Awards has been a crucial moment to recognise how creative partnerships enrich the corporate world while advancing the practice of our cultural sector. Art and culture helps us to process, understand and gain perspective during challenging periods and we look forward to seeing how this year’s applicants have innovated in the face of the last 18 months.’

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts added:
‘The last 24 months has challenged and changed us in many ways. What has remained the same is the need to champion the arts and those that choose to support the arts through their sponsorship, philanthropic, CSR and commissioning programmes. For our 30th anniversary Business to Arts Awards ceremony in 2022, we are delighted to welcome back our partners Accenture, Arthur Cox, The Arts Council, daa, ESB, Irish Life, The Irish Times and TileStyle. As we maintain our focus on evolving the Awards, we are happy to welcome Accenture’s enhanced support as “Innovation Partner”.’

 

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2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC

September 16th, 2021

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The 2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC will take place virtually on Thursday, 4th November 2021.

Sustainability is now a central part of every conversation about the future of the corporate and cultural sectors.

In 2021, PwC conducted a CEO Survey which found that in Ireland, just 32% of leaders are factoring climate change into their strategic risk management.

The 2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC invites CEOs and leaders across business and the arts sectors in Ireland to share knowledge and discuss emerging ideas in their sectors.

This year’s Forum will have 5 speakers from a diverse range of industries discussing their sustainability strategies, how they are tackling challenging targets and the power of communications in our journey to Net Zero.

This year’s panellists include:

Tania Banotti, Director of Creative Ireland

Cathal Marley, CEO at Ervia Group

Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of The Heritage Council

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post

Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner at PwC

With moderation from Dearbhail McDonald, Journalist & Broadcaster and opening remarks from Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive at Business to Arts.

Access to the event is available for Business to Arts’ Members and Affiliates. For more information email Emily.

Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts – Round 2 Grant Recipients

September 16th, 2021
Pictured are Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding, along with Bank of Ireland Interim Chief Marketing Officer Laura Lynch. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

Pictured are Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding, along with Bank of Ireland Interim Chief Marketing Officer Laura Lynch. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

Bank of Ireland, in partnership with Business to Arts, have announced the 39 projects spanning music, theatre, dance, film, craft and the visual arts that will receive support from the second phase of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund.

Funding of €335,000 will be provided to artworks or arts projects which have been inspired by the experience of living through COVID-19 or have been adapted in response to the pandemic. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will open for a third round of applications in 2022 and will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available between 2020 and 2022.

Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland, said:

The arts enrich our lives, but this sector has been one of the most seriously impacted during the pandemic. The Begin Together Arts Fund has helped sustain the development of new work and artistic practice during the pandemic and the new projects announced today will continue to enrich our lives and communities into the future.”

Among the 39 artists and projects funded, the Begin Together Arts Fund grants will support:

Theatre Lovett, The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly, by Finegan Kruckemeyer, directed by Lynne Parker is a highly-acclaimed theatrical performance presented by Theatre Lovett. In partnership with Theatre Royal, this project will reframe the performance, digitally, for a new generation of young audiences. Teachers will receive free access to a pre-recorded performance from the Sydney Opera House, and a tailored teaching resource pack to support classroom engagement. In addition, each classroom around the county will have access to an inspiring Q&A session with actor Louis Lovett live from Theatre Royal. The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally commissioned by The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children and produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.

Connecting Communities will see artists Kathryn Boyle and Ciara Dunne working in partnership with Beat Carnival to facilitate the creation of an outdoor winter lantern parade connecting neighbouring communities through the crafting of festival floats and lanterns.

The Music Box, conceptualised by visual arts duo Cleary Connolly in partnership with Sample Studios and Cork City Council’s Glow Festival, will see the Cork Youth Orchestra perform while motion capture technology turns their movements into light projections, bringing a sound and light show to both interior and exterior audiences.

The Music Network Roscommon Teaching Residency, led by musician Cathy Jordan will take a hybrid approach to music residency, providing participants with a course of one-to-one lessons, both in-person and online, culminating in a series socially distanced ensemble performances.

Please see here for the full list of supported projects.

Applications For Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Now Open For Organisations

September 15th, 2021
Minister Catherin-Martin with Gill Fenton of Lime Tree Theatre L and Catherine Hearn of Music Network R with Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington. Credit Conor McCabe

Minister Catherin-Martin with Gill Fenton of Lime Tree Theatre (L) and Catherine Hearn of Music Network (R) with Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington. Credit Conor McCabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business to Arts is delighted to announce applications are now open for the third round of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland will offer two cultural organisations 50% part-funding toward the employment of full-time ‘fundraising’ or ‘marketing & fundraising’ professionals over a 24-month period. The recruited Fellows will be supported by a structured programme of training and mentorship with Business to Arts. 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 subsidising the cost of full-time or contracted (minimum two-year) Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive.

For Business to Arts and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 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/.

Lime Tree Theatre and Music Network are organisations currently completing the programme. Past participants under Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland include Druid Theatre and Cork International Film Festival. Past participants under Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin include Helium Arts, Temple Bar Gallery + Studies & Fishamble: A New Play Company. Druid Theatre, Cork Film Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.

For full details & to apply please click here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 24th November 2021. 

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Business to Arts is Recruiting a Chief Executive

September 6th, 2021

Senior Manager Membership Projects

We are Seeking a Dynamic and Strategic Chief Executive for Business to Arts.

Salary: €75,000 – €85,000 (+ performance-related bonus)

Location: Blended  Dublin 2 (c.3 days per week) On-site/Location & Remote (c.2 days per week)

Summary & Job Description

We are a successful, vibrant and highly-regarded membership-based charity. The Chief Executive is a dynamic and strategic leader who brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. They will have the opportunity to lead the organisation through to the next stage of its development (2023-28) and beyond.

Through their strong communication style, they will inspire others to support Business to Arts and drive our membership, sponsorship, donor-advised funds and grant income growth. They will build our family of supporters through their excellent networking and relationship management abilities. With their collaborative management skills and financial acumen, they will ensure that our financial and human resources are used to their maximum potential. Their vision and drive will position the organisation and the prestigious Business to Arts Awards strongly with our target audiences and in the media.

Download the Chief Executive of Business to Arts – Job Description and Core Competencies.

TO APPLY FOR THE ROLE

Candidates should submit their application in confidence to recruitment@businesstoarts.ie on or before 5.00pm on Friday 4th February 2022. An application must include:

  • A Cover Letter, which outlines how the applicant meets the core competencies and their vision for Business to Arts
  • A Curriculum Vitae

 

 

ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

July 13th, 2021
Merrion Square, Dublin, Tuesday 13th July: Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive ESB with his granddaughter Eve (2) and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, painting a sustainable future with a 3D artwork by artist Mark Cronin at the announcement of ESB's Brighter Future Arts Fund. Photo: Conor McCabe

Merrion Square, Dublin, Tuesday 13th July: Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive ESB with his granddaughter Eve (2) and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, painting a sustainable future with a 3D artwork by artist Mark Cronin at the announcement of ESB’s Brighter Future Arts Fund. Photo: Conor McCabe

ESB today announced a new ‘Brighter Future Arts Fund’, in partnership with Business to Arts. The €250,000 fund will support artists working with organisations on creative ideas that will engage the public in a positive way around the energy transition. The projects can be in any art form, and the fund is open for applications until 8th September 2021.

Speaking at the launch of the Brighter Future Arts Fund, Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB said: “Artists have a unique perspective that can inspire people and communities to see the world in new ways, helping to start conversations, spark imagination and ignite new ideas. Through this fund, we hope to attract artists from a range of art forms who share our vision for a brighter, more sustainable future, and demonstrate the benefits that businesses and the arts can achieve by working collaboratively on issues of common interest.”

Through the Brighter Future Arts Fund, ESB will support projects that imagine a more sustainable world, look towards a brighter future, consider the steps necessary to get there, and the importance of this in tackling climate change. These artworks and arts projects can be in any art form that takes place on the island of Ireland including visual arts, spoken word, music, theatre and much more.

Artists are encouraged to work in collaboration with a partner organisation such as festival, venue or event organisers, arts, community, environmental, technological or heritage/architectural organisations or another funding agency to develop and realise their work and projects.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said: “Among the many important roles art plays in society is its power to interpret, communicate and educate us about complicated issues in original and enlightening ways. With this new Fund, ESB is creating a mechanism to enhance their long-term support of the arts and are linking this to an area of global significance. At Business to Arts, we champion this type of thinking and are proud to partner with ESB for the Brighter Future Arts Fund.”

About the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund:

The ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund will distribute a total of €250,000 between 2022 and 2023 for a range of artworks and arts projects connected to the question of ‘what does a Brighter Future look like?’.

The Fund has two strands, the first being an open call to artists across the island of Ireland to create artworks or arts projects in collaboration with a partner organisation that sustainably enhance their communities.

The second strand is a limited call to environmental artists to create an artwork or project that will be exhibited or performed at ESB’s new headquarters at Project Fitzwilliam, Dublin 2.

Themes or interests for works could be:

What does a Brighter Future look like?

A low-carbon future

Best-practice in environmental sustainability

Addressing environmental issues and sustainable development goals

Enhancing participation of communities and audiences

Active partnership between artists and partner organisations

For more information on the fund, and details on how to apply, visit www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/esb/

Business to Arts expand legal, property and construction expertise with new Chair and board appointments from CBRE and Linesight

May 27th, 2021
Business to Arts Board Appointments Davina Saint, Myles Clarke & Fiona D'Arcy. Pictured is a piece by Orla Whelan, winner of the inaugural Merrion Plinth Award. Credit Conor McCabe

Business to Arts Board Appointments Davina Saint, Myles Clarke & Fiona D’Arcy. Pictured is a piece by Orla Whelan, winner of the inaugural Merrion Plinth Award. Credit Conor McCabe

Myles Clarke, Managing Director of CBRE Ireland and Fiona D’Arcy, Chief Marketing Officer of Linesight have joined the Business to Arts Board of Directors. They join Davina Saint, who is Independent Non-Executive Director, and was appointed as Chair of Business to Arts in 2020.

Speaking about the appointments, Andrew Hetherington said “These new appointments align with Business to Arts’ strategic objectives, which include creative place-making and the integration of art and design into the recovery of cities and towns across Ireland.”

In October 2020, Business to Arts was appointed to the Arts & Culture Recovery Taskforce by Minister Catherine Martin TD. Among the recommendations of the taskforce report were to work in partnership with the private sector to activate appropriate public spaces for arts and cultural events and commissions. Business to Arts is responding to this recommendation through the development of donor-advised Arts Funds with a variety of donors and enhancing our advisory services team for the commissioning of art in the public realm.

  • Davina Saint was appointed Chair of Business to Arts in 2020. Previously the Head of Branch for BNP Paribas Securities Services in Ireland, Davina joined the Board of NAMA in January of 2021. Davina is a senior level banking executive and qualified solicitor. She has extensive legal experience with 19 years as head of legal and general counsel for BNP Paribas’ operations in Ireland. She is also a chartered director and has built corporate governance and risk management experience across multiple boards and executive committees.
  • Myles Clarke has 20-years’ experience running businesses in banking, capital markets and real estate in London and Dublin.  Myles was appointed Managing Director of CBRE Ireland in 2018 – Ireland’s largest real estate advisory firm.
  • Fiona D’Arcy  has over 25 years’ national and international experience in B2B organisations ranging from start-ups through to large multinationals developing and implementing business and marketing positioning strategies. At Linesight, a global consultancy firm providing cost, project and program management services to a multitude of industry sectors, Fiona is passionate about driving growth in international markets and building brand profiles, brand positioning and brand awareness.

On their appointment Davina Saint, Chair of Business to Arts said: “I am so pleased to welcome Myles and Fiona to the Board.  They bring a wealth of experience and will add genuine stakeholder engagement to our organisation.   We are always looking to broaden the industry sectors with which we engage and these appointments deepen and broaden this base.”

On his appointment Myles Clarke said: “I am delighted to join the Business to Arts board at this critical time for artists and the arts sector. I have long admired the ethos and great work of the team at Business to Arts in supporting the importance of culture  world. I look forward to contributing to Business to Arts’ important mission and furthering the long-term strategy to champion the arts with businesses in Ireland”

On her appointment Fiona D’Arcy said: “All too often the value of arts and culture in the busy world of business can be overlooked. It has never been more important than it is now, as we live through a global pandemic, to recognise the positive impact that an immersive culture experience or beautiful artistic or creative place-making can have on our daily lives. We must continue to reinforce to our government and business communities alike the value that organisations such as Business to Arts can deliver. I am excited to have been welcomed to join such a coveted group of Board members in Business to Arts and relish the opportunity to make an impactful contribution to the roll out of their strategy and hope to act as an advocate for the organization both in Ireland and globally.”

Bank of Ireland launches second round of the Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts

May 5th, 2021

 

Launching the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre. Picture Robbie Reynolds.

Launching the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre. Picture Robbie Reynolds.

The second round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts was launched today. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available over three years, awarded to projects that are adapting due to the pandemic, or are inspired by and responding to our recovery.

The Arts Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to the fund. With this second round, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are encouraging more applications from artists who specialise in fine-art film and craft-related disciplines and from community arts organisations, who were under-represented in round one.

During the first round of the Arts Fund over €300,000 was distributed to 36 projects across the island of Ireland. Projects such as ‘Yes, But Do You Care?’, a collaboration between visual artist Marie Brett, choreographer/performer Philip Connaughton, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and the Dementia Carers Campaign Network that recently launched online via the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Mobile Music Ensemble’s ‘Covid Care Concerts’ which toured hospitals and care homes during 2020 and will continue their concerts in coming months; and ‘Locked up in Lockdown’, a theatre collaboration between the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and members of a young offenders’ centre about their experiences of the pandemic.

Oliver Wall, Chief of Staff and Head of Group Corporate Affairs, Bank of Ireland said, “I’m delighted that the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund continues to support new work and artistic practice during these challenging times for the arts. It represents an important part of our wider support for communities across the island of Ireland. The projects supported by the Fund will have an important role to play in helping us all to reflect on the last 12 months and look to brighter days ahead.”

Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown what we value most into sharp relief. It is both poignant and powerful to see the eagerness with which cultural content is being consumed and craved, as we now look hopefully towards better times.  Thanks to funding provided by my Department, this second round of the Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts, will support artists and arts organisations in realising their projects in innovative and engaging ways. I am delighted to see this Fund continue to benefit the sector.”

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts said, “The Begin Together Arts Fund is a vital source of private sector funding for the arts.  The projects funded in round one demonstrate the adaptability and resilience of Ireland’s arts sector. Business to Arts is proud work in partnership with Bank of Ireland as we progress the fund, reach more communities and help realise quality arts experiences for people across the island of Ireland”.

About the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund:

This Fund provides fees to artists or groups of artists to create new work and help maximise the budgets of partner organisations (e.g. arts organisations, community/voluntary organisations, etc.) for their programme of activity.

Artists or groups of artists applying must work with a partner organisation (e.g. a venue or event, arts organisation, community/voluntary organisation or another funding agency/organisation). Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / (STG equivalent), and average grants will be €5,000 / (STG equivalent), with maximum grants of €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Arts projects with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round, the Fund aims to provide funding to an arts project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Closing date for the second round of applications is Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/bank-of-ireland for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

The 2021 Business to Arts Award Winners are announced

April 22nd, 2021
Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland with her children Fiadh (age 5) and Sadhbh (age 3) winner of this years Business to Arts Awards Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture. Photograph Conor McCabe Photography.

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland with her children Fiadh (age 5) and Sadhbh (age 3) winner of this years Business to Arts Awards Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture. Photograph Conor McCabe Photography.

Aerogen & Druid, Flogas & Galway International Arts Festival, Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Christopher Steenson were among the winners in nine categories at the 29th annual Business to Arts Awards ceremony which was broadcast online from the GPO.

Despite the significant challenges faced by businesses and the arts over the past year, entries to the 29th Business to Arts Awards were significant. The winning nominations showcase the impact that can be made through collaborative partnerships and demonstrate the importance of supporting the arts at a critical time. Outstanding examples of creative partnerships, which are adapting to the current environment and are setting new standards for arts engagement and backing were celebrated at this evening’s online Awards Ceremony.

The Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships. Winning partnerships focus on arts sponsorship, commissioning of artists, staff engagement and CSR initiatives, philanthropy and community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships.

The 2021 Business to Arts Awards Winners are:

Award Category County Winners
Best Long Term Partnership supported by The Irish Times National An Post Irish Book Awards
Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by The Arts Council Dublin Naughton Foundation & Museum of Literature Ireland
Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice Dublin Accenture & Paul Harrison for ‘Quinquaginta’ and Fuchsia MacAree for ‘Fierce Determination’
Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary Dublin Miriam Kaczor
Best Large Sponsorship supported by Arthur Cox Dublin National Concert Hall & Davy
Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life Galway Flogas & Galway International Arts Festival with John Gerrard for ‘Mirror Pavilion’
Best Small Sponsorship Galway Aerogen & Druid for the DruidGregory Programme
Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace supported by ESB National Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Christopher Steenson for ‘On Chorus’
Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture National Children’s Books Ireland for partnerships with An Post, Brown Bag Films, Community Foundation for Ireland, Ecclesiastical, KPMG, Rethink Ireland and William Fry

Leading the congratulations among business and arts leaders was Catherine Martin T.D.
Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said:

“In the face of such an unprecedented year, the Business to Arts Awards remind us of the resilience and ingenuity of creative partnerships and the positive impact that they can deliver. The innovation and resourcefulness of this year’s nominees reminds us of our inherent agility and the importance of culture and arts as a source of inspiration and comfort for many people over the last year. My congratulations to everyone shortlisted and the winners.”

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

“Whether it is the books you are reading, the drama and films you are watching or the music you are listening to, there can be no doubt that the arts have played a significant role helping us and entertaining us over the last year. With the winners of the Business to Arts Awards, we recognise the best sponsorships and partnerships of the last 18 months and acknowledge their contributions to society. Congratulations to each winner.”

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

“We are very proud to support the Judges’ Special Recognition Award this year. Congratulations to all nominees selected by the judging panel for their contributions to the arts over many, many years. It was heartening to see the strength of submissions from arts organisations in particular this year, reinforcing their journey and commitment to the arts sector. I’m delighted for our winner, Children’s Books Ireland, for all they do to engage so many children nationally in a meaningful way to inspire a love for books and develop a fondness for reading from a very young age.”

Orla O’Connor, Chair, Arthur Cox said:

“Arthur Cox is delighted to partner with Business to Arts to support the awards and Ireland’s arts community. I would like to congratulate the winners, who are all worthy recipients.

We recognise and support the role that the arts play in creating a vibrant, engaged and creative community. They inspire us, and lift our spirits, and are more important than ever, as we live through the challenges of life in a global pandemic.”

Tony Lawless, Head of Strategy Europe, Canada Life (Irish Life) said:

“Irish Life is delighted to support anything that brings creativity into the community and inspires or engages people. As such, it is fantastic to see something like the ‘Mirror Pavilion’ overcoming the challenges posed by the current pandemic to lift the spirits of those in Galway and beyond. Congratulations to Flogas & Galway International Arts Festival and John Gerrard for such an inspirational collaboration – a worthy winner.”

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

“The Naughton Foundation’s substantial financial support enabled the project to be realised, ultimately delivering a major cultural institution that is both an homage to Joyce and a much needed physical focal point for Irish literary life which is fully accessible on all floors. This is why it is most fitting that we honour and celebrate MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland and the visionary generosity of the Naughton Foundation – what an inspired act of philanthropy!”

Pat O’Doherty, CEO, ESB said:

“As a long-term patron of the arts in Ireland, ESB recognises the important role that artists play not only in recording and interpreting social and economic developments, but also in engaging communities and stimulating innovation and creativity. We are very proud to support the Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace Award, and the ongoing work of Business to Arts. Congratulations to Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail and Christopher Steenson for ‘On Chorus’. This is a unique and really imaginative project to bring creativity into the workplace and actively engage staff and the public around the issue of biodiversity.”

Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times said:

“As sponsor of the Best Long-Term Partnership Award, The Irish Times is delighted to congratulate An Post on their much deserved success. Since the partnership commenced in 2018, An Post has demonstrated great commitment to the Irish Books Awards and has been instrumental in further raising their profile and championing this celebration of Irish writing which brings together a huge community in the literary world including readers, authors and booksellers.”

Gerry Butler, Managing Director, TileStyle said:

“As long-standing supporters of Business to Arts and the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice, TileStyle is delighted to congratulate Accenture, Paul Harrison and Fuchsia MacAree on their worthy success. It is more important than ever to support the arts and commissioning art, in all its forms, is a vital way of doing this. It contributes hugely to the development of an artist’s practice which consequently greatly contributes to the cultural landscape of Ireland. At TileStyle we are proud to be championing some of the best art being commissioned today.”

An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission

April 8th, 2021
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An Post commissions artworks for 2022 stamp

The An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission supported by Business to Arts is a new open call to artists and an associated stamp commission. Artists are invited to submit details of an original artwork, which commemorates the centenary of Saorstát Éireann in 2022. The selected artwork will be purchased for the An Post Art Collection and (subject to approval by Government) will feature on a new stamp commemorating the centenary of Saorstát Éireann in December 2022. The selected artist will work with a designer appointed by An Post to present the selected artwork on the design for the Saorstát Éireann postage stamp before it is submitted for approval.

An Post and Business to Arts would like to receive details of artworks that are available for purchase, commemorate the centenary of the Irish Free State / Saorstát Éireann in 2022 and can be presented clearly on a stamp.

Fee Applicable

A total fee of €10,000 will be paid to the selected artist for the purchase of the original artwork and for the use of an image of the artwork on the Saorstát Éireann stamp. In order for the selected artwork to feature on the Saorstát Éireann stamp, An Post require appropriate image usage rights of the selected artwork.

The selected artist will be required to read and sign the full An Post Commissioning Document, which states all the terms and conditions connected to the copyright of the artwork design for the stamp, which An Post will own.

How will the Selected Artist be chosen?

An assessment panel, Chaired by Mick O’Dea PPRHA and Chair of An Post’s Stamp Design Advisory Committee, will be convened to review eligible entries

The assessment panel will consist of six members – two representatives of An Post (e.g. executive or ambassadors), a representative of Business to Arts, and two external panellists including an artist and a curator / graphic designer

Key Dates

Call for Entries Opens: Thursday April 15th 2021

Information Webinar for Artists: Wednesday April 28th 2021, 12:30pm (watch back here)

Applications Close: Wednesday June 16th 2021, 5pm

Please note the entry deadline; this date is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entries after the deadline

Successful/Unsuccessful Entrants Notified: before Friday July 30th 2021

Key Documents

Terms and Conditions

Entry Questions (for reference only)

Frequently Asked Questions

Support

There was an information webinar for artists / gallerists on Wednesday April 28th, which was recorded. You can watch the recording here.

If you have any queries about the An Post Saorstát Éireann Stamp Commission, please contact the Business to Arts team by email on anpost@businesstoarts.ie

Business to Arts AGM 2022 Notice & Forms

March 9th, 2021
Pictured at this year’s Awards venue, the National Concert Hall, was Tina Segner, performance artist and co-founder at Tumble Circus street theatre company based in Belfast with Awards partners Etain Seymour, Marketing and Communications Director at Accenture, Susan Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager for Irish Life Corporate Business, Orla O’Connor, Chair for Arthur Cox, Gerard McNaughton, Creative Director for TileStyle, Bevin Cody, Corporate Reputation Manager for ESB, and Clare Duignan, Board Member for Business to Arts and Chair of this year’s Awards Judging Panel.

Pictured at this year’s Awards venue, the National Concert Hall, was Tina Segner, performance artist and co-founder at Tumble Circus street theatre company based in Belfast with Awards partners Etain Seymour, Marketing and Communications Director at Accenture, Susan Jackson, Senior Marketing Manager for Irish Life Corporate Business, Orla O’Connor, Chair for Arthur Cox, Gerard McNaughton, Creative Director for TileStyle, Bevin Cody, Corporate Reputation Manager for ESB, and Clare Duignan, Board Member for Business to Arts and Chair of this year’s Awards Judging Panel.

In keeping with our Memorandum and Articles of Association, below you will find notice of our AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 29 March 2022 at 6pm via Zoom Meeting. Please contact rsvp(@)businesstoarts.ie for joining details.

Please note that our AGM is a simple administrative process and lasts less than ten minutes.  You can download related documents on links below

1. AGM – Notice Letter

2. AGM – Proxy Form

3. AGM – Directors Reports & Financial Statements (31/10/21)

 

A Summary of Our Impact in 2020-21

Business to Arts would not have the impact it has without your investment and support. Our membership base is our primary source of funds and without your subscription we would not achieve our mission. To give a recap on some of 2021’s activities:

  • We continue to implement our 5-year strategic plan (2018-2023). This is available at: ie/strategy-2018-2023
  • We curated a series of online events showcasing the breadth of activity undertaken by Business to Arts with our partners including Mason, Hayes & Curran, PwC, IAPI – Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Dance Festival and more.
  • We distributed close to €650k to the arts in 2020/21 through Arts Funds, bursaries, commissions and grants. We also advised / supported many ongoing partnerships
  • We launched the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, which will distribute an additional €250,000 between 2022-23.
  • We continued to work with our Fundraising Fellows from our Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme, from The Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) and Music Network (Dublin). The Fellowship is a partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
  • We also supported the cultural sector by offering online one-to-one clinics and group fundraising training, which focused on adapting to digital fundraising tactics and navigating the ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19.
  • We announced the call for nominations for the 30th edition of the Business to Arts Awards with Accenture as our new innovation partner Accenture, and returning partners Arthur Cox, The Arts Council, ESB, daa, Irish Life, The Irish Times and TileStyle

On behalf of the Board and Executive of Business to Arts, I would like to thank you for your continued support. If you would like further information on our activities please do not hesitate to contact us.

Virtual unveil of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU

March 8th, 2021
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Accenture’s Women on Walls portraits arriving to the Stokes Building at DCU for installation. Credit: Conor McCabe

On International Women’s Day, Monday, March 8th 2021, a collection of commissioned portraits of five inspirational females from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were unveiled at the virtual launch of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU.

In collaboration with Accenture, DCU and Business to Arts, the portraits are in recognition of the ground-breaking work of Beatrice Alice Hicks (painted by Blaise Smith RHA), Katherine Johnson (painted by Jackie Hudson Lalor), Dr Marie Maynard Daly (painted by Bríd Higgins Ni Chinnéide) and Irish duo Kay McNulty (painted by Jim Fitzpatrick) and Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (painted by Una Sealy RHA).

The commissioned portraits will be temporarily installed in the Stokes Building at DCU before eventually moving to the Future-Tech building, under construction at the university’s Glasnevin Campus. This flagship building will be at the forefront of DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines.

This is the third chapter of Accenture’s Women on Walls, a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. The campaign commenced in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy, and a second chapter with RCSI was unveiled in 2019.

The DCU chapter was completed by five award-winning and renowned artists in 2020, and in the midst of COVID-19 which has impacted significantly on all sections of society, including the arts. DCU, renowned for its commitment to gender equality, is particularly pleased to support the initiative, to publicly commit to programming of the arts across the university and to pledge support to the arts sector as it charts its way through this global pandemic.

Commenting on the virtual unveiling Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said,

“We are privileged to support Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU portraiture commission. While COVID-19 has presented challenges for the completion of this edition of Women on Walls, they have been overcome, and we are proud to be able to unveil these five portraits created by some of Ireland’s leading portrait artists. We are equally proud to support DCU, who are continually building their reputation for programming of the arts. Commissioning artists to create new work is one of the vital ways businesses and other organisations can support the arts during and beyond the pandemic.”

To watch the virtual unveil of Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU please click here.

Follow the conversation at #womenonwalls

2021 Business To Arts Awards Shortlist Announced

February 26th, 2021
Business to Arts Awards Shortlist and Sculptor Announcement 2021. 'Balance' by Kathleen Walsh, commissioned by daa. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Business to Arts Awards Shortlist and Sculptor Announcement 2021. ‘Balance’ by Kathleen Walsh, commissioned by daa. Photo: Conor McCabe

Despite the significant challenges faced by businesses and the arts over the past year, entries to the 29th Business to Arts Awards were significant. The shortlist showcases outstanding examples of creative partnerships, which are adapting to the current environment and are setting new standards for arts engagement and backing. The nominations received represented over €9m contributed to Irish arts and culture.

The Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships. Shortlisted partnerships focus on arts sponsorship, commissioning of artist, staff engagement and CSR initiatives, philanthropy and community engagement. Many of the collaborations are the result of long-term relationships. All of the shortlist demonstrate the importance of supporting the arts and the impact that can be made by quality partnerships.

This year’s winners will be presented with a limited edition award sculpture created by artist and woodturner, Kathleen Walsh. The Award Sculpture ‘Balance’ has been commissioned by daa for the 29th year. Kathleen Walsh’s art is an ongoing exploration of materials and processes, which attempts to find a balance between seemingly opposing elements such as the traditional and the modern. In the award sculpture ‘Balance,’ she builds further on this concept, and captures the balance necessary for a successful partnership between the arts and business.

The 2021 Business to Arts Awards will be broadcast online on April 21st from the GPO at 5pm. RSVP details here.

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

Now in their 29th year the Business to Arts Awards are more important than ever. Supporting the arts and recognising best-in-class partnerships between the businesses and the arts is critical. This year’s shortlist is full of exceptional relationships that showcase what can be achieved through collaboration, combined resources, determination and creativity. Together with our partners, Accenture, Arthur Cox, The Arts Council, daa, ESB, Irish Life, The Irish Times and TileStyle we congratulate the shortlist and look forward to celebrating with you all online on the 21st of April.”

Commenting on this year’s entries:

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

“It’s a real honour for me to chair this year’s judging panel. As an organisation that cares deeply about the arts, we are really delighted to support the judges’ special recognition award. The entries this year were of an extremely high standard; it was wonderful to see how the partnerships came together and showcased exceptional talent in many different forms of art from music and dance, to theatre and literature, and beyond. These creative partnerships span the length and breadth of the country and bring such joy to our communities and our workforces, while providing a powerful platform for artists. It is more important than ever to support the arts. “

Orla O’Connor, Chair, Arthur Cox said:

“Arthur Cox is delighted to partner with Business to Arts to support the awards. As we have lived through the challenges of life in a global pandemic over the last year, art has helped us to rise to those challenges.  Art has given us inspiration and a sense of hope, positivity and wonder.  It plays a vital role in helping us to connect and to find the creativity that is all around us.  We wish all the shortlist the very best with their entries”.

Tony Lawless, Vice President, Canada Life (Irish Life) said:

“Creativity has always had a major role to play in lifting the nation’s spirits, and it was never needed more than now. Irish Life is delighted to support the award for “Best use of Creativity in the Community” and to recognise some truly great initiatives.”

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

“As the Arts Council continues to create and embed a culture of sustainable giving to the arts sector, we are honoured to celebrate and acknowledge all philanthropic giving in support of the arts and recognise the extremely valuable contribution it makes. The Arts Council extends our thanks and congratulates the shortlist for this year’s award.”

Pat O’Doherty, CEO, ESB said:

“ESB is proud to support the award for “Best use of Creativity in the Workplace” as we believe creativity is key to sparking new ideas, facilitating change and driving employee engagement. There was an exceptionally high standard of entries for this category. Well done to everyone that entered and congratulations to those who made the shortlist.”

 Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times said:

“Trust, resilience and creativity are the hallmarks of the best long term partnerships and The Irish Times is all the more delighted to support this award. Congratulations to all those short-listed.”

 Gerry Butler, Managing Director, TileStyle said:

“At TileStyle, we are proud and long-term supporters of the arts and Business to Arts. The shortlist in the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice reflects some of the best public art, online performances and workplace-based art we have seen. Commissioning artists to create new work is one way to support the arts and make our spaces more vibrant. Our congratulations to this year’s shortlist.” 

The Business to Arts Awards 2021 Shortlist:

Best Large Sponsorship supported by Arthur Cox

  • An Post Irish Book Awards
  • Davy & National Concert Hall
  • Dublin Port Company & axis Ballymun for ‘The Pumphouse Presents’
  • Zurich & National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery for ‘Zurich Portrait Prize & Zurich Young Portrait Prize’

Best Small Sponsorship

  • Aerogen & Druid
  • ESB Energy for Generations Fund & Cork International Film Festival with Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
  • Gurranabraher Credit Union & Sample-Studios for ‘PhotoGo’
  • Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Best Long Term Partnership supported by The Irish Times

  • An Post Irish Book Awards
  • Ecclesiastical & Wexford Festival Opera for ‘Ecclesiastical Volunteer of the Year Award’
  • ESB & National Gallery of Ireland for ‘ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art’
  • Zurich & National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery for ‘Zurich Portrait Prize & Zurich Young Portrait Prize’

Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life

  • An Post & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘ImagineNation’
  • ESB Energy for Generations Fund & Cork International Film Festival with Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
  • Flogas & Galway International Arts Festival with John Gerrard for ‘Mirror Pavilion’
  • The Digital Hub & Dublin Dance Festival with the Selina Thompson Company for ‘The Missy Elliott Project’ 

Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace supported by ESB

  • Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Christopher Steenson for ‘On Chorus’
  • KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘KPMG BOLD GIRLS meets 20×20’
  • Publicis Dublin & Fishamble
  • Walkers Ireland & Kate Nolan for ‘Walkers Photographer-in-Residence’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

  • Accenture & Paul Harrison for ‘Quinquaginta’ and Fuchsia MacAree for ‘Fierce Determination’
  • Chartered Land & Rachel Joynt for ‘Keepsake’
  • Dublin Port Company and Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Fishamble for ‘Embargo’
  • IPUT & Leah Hewson for ‘Abiding Traces’

Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by the Arts Council

  • Lauritzson Foundation & Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Naughton Foundation & Museum of Literature Ireland
  • Science Foundation Ireland & National Concert Hall in partnership with UCD and TCD Schools of Education
  • Taylor Art Trust & RDS

Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture

  • Children’s Books Ireland for partnerships with An Post, Brown Bag Films, Community Foundation for Ireland, Ecclesiastical, KPMG, Rethink Ireland and William Fry
  • Cork International Film Festival for partnerships with The Gate Cinemas, ESB Energy for Generations Fund, Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • National Concert Hall for partnerships with Davy, Grant Thornton and Science Foundation Ireland
  • National Gallery of Ireland for partnerships with ESB and Zurich

The following award will also be presented on the 21 April:

 Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists

 

 Members of this year’s Jury Panel were:

  • Olga Barry – Director, Kilkenny Arts Festival
  • Tony Lawless – Vice President, Canada Life (Irish Life)
  • Hugh Linehan – Arts & Culture Editor, The Irish Times
  • Gerard McNaughton – Creative Director, TileStyle
  • David Molloy – Partner, Arthur Cox LLP
  • Clodagh Dwan-O’Reilly – Employee Engagement & Communications Lead, ESB
  • Martin O’Sullivan – Deputy Director, Arts Council
  • Etain Seymour – Director of Marketing + Communications, Accenture in Ireland (Chair)

For more information, please contact awards@businesstoarts.ie

Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Arts Fund announces €300,000 in funding for music, theatre, dance, traditional and visual arts projects

January 29th, 2021
‘Boy making a new friend’, Branar’s How to Catch a Star, Galway International Arts Festival, 2017. Credit: Anita Murphy.

‘Boy making a new friend’, Branar’s How to Catch a Star, Galway International Arts Festival. Credit: Anita Murphy.

Bank of Ireland, in partnership with Business to Arts, today announced that 36 projects spanning music, theatre, dance, traditional arts, and the visual arts will receive support from the first phase of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund.

Funding of €300,000 will be provided to artworks or arts projects which have been inspired by the experience of living through COVID-19 or have been adapted in response to the pandemic. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will open for a second round of applications in April and will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available between 2020 and 2022.

Oliver Wall, Chief of Staff and Head of Group Corporate Affairs, Bank of Ireland said, “Art has such an important role to play in helping us to understand, express and reflect on the world, especially at challenging times like these. I am delighted that through the Begin Together Arts Fund, Bank of Ireland can help sustain the development of new work and artistic practice during the pandemic. There’s a wonderful spread of projects across all art forms in this first phase and I look forward to seeing them come to fruition over the rest of the year.”

Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said, “The arts sector continues to be severely impacted by COVID-19 and the Government has been working to support artists in a variety of ways. Creating an arts fund like the Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, is one of the ways the private sector can also be involved in supporting the arts during this challenging time. I’d like to congratulate the 36 projects across the island that have been successful with the first phase of grants from the Fund.”

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts said, “Bank of Ireland’s leadership with the Begin Together Arts Fund is a clear statement of the Bank’s support of Ireland’s arts community during these very challenging times. The projects funded in this first grant round represent the many creative and resilient ways that artists are responding to the crisis with new work and are enriching our lives. We are proud to partner with Bank of Ireland on the Begin Together Arts Fund and fulfil mutual objectives to create an impact across the island of Ireland and on a diverse mix of arts projects.”

Among the 36 artists and projects funded through this first phase, the Begin Together Arts Fund grants will support:

The Space Between, conceptualized by musician Susan O’Neill, is a series of short films in which musicians are paired with artists they haven’t played with before to create new work in the setting of Bunratty Castle.

Drawing from the Well will see artists including Radie Peat and Caitlín Nic Gabhann produce new work inspired by material from the Irish Traditional Music Archives (ITMA).

Liam O’Connor, Director of the ITMA said, “Together with Bank of Ireland, we can grow our ambitions, better empower Irish artists and grow our impact on people who have an interest in Irish music throughout the world. ITMA offers free universal access to all its online material and does not charge any subscription charges which brings financial challenges. To have Bank of Ireland financially supporting artists in the creation of new interpretations of Irish traditional music, song and dance is very important for ITMA and very much welcomed.”

Branar’s How to Catch a Star, a non-verbal children’s show with puppetry and an original score by composer Colm Mac Con Iomair.

Locked Up in Lockdown, a piece of theatre with a number of current and former students from a young offenders’ centre in Belfast based on their letters, poems and prose about the pandemic. The theatre piece will be presented in partnership with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Philip Crawford, Head of Creative Learning, Lyric Theatre said, “This is a really exciting chance for two recently graduated actors, David Evans and Finnian Garbutt – attempting to begin their careers at an impossibly challenging time – to develop their artistic and project management skills. While training at the Lyric Theatre, both David and Finnian developed an interest in working creatively with young men in custody at Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison. To continue this vital work, thanks to support from Bank of Ireland, Business to Arts, and Arts & Business NI, is a hugely appreciated learning opportunity for all involved.”

Travelling Cycle Circus, a 45-minute show inspired by Flan O’Brien’s satire that will traverse the Sligo and Donegal coast by bicycle.

Village People. Kilkenny-based artist Blaise Smith will paint portraits in four-hour sittings in gardens (for social distancing) and webcast them online.

The assessment panel for the first round of the Fund featured three independent representatives from the Arts and Culture sector, three representatives from Bank of Ireland, and was facilitated by Business to Arts and Arts & Business Northern Ireland:

Lorraine Maye, Director, Cork Midsummer Festival

Colette Norwood, Arts Manager, Northern Ireland, British Council

Alex Petcu, Musician

John Greer, Head of Governance NI, Bank of Ireland

Anne Mulcahy, Group Brand Director, Bank of Ireland

Oliver Wall, Chief of Staff and Head of Group Corporate Affairs, Bank of Ireland

Please see here for the full list of supported projects.

Business to Arts welcomes LIFE WORTH LIVING: The Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

November 17th, 2020
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Pictured: Kilkenny Arts Festival. Irish Chamber Orchestra. Eight Seasons. (Photo: John D Kelly)s / Nick O’Connell & Breandán de Gallaí, Linger, a Dance Ireland Commission

 

Business to Arts welcomes the publication of “LIFE WORTH LIVING”, the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce launched by Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht on November 17th, 2020.

The report recommendations include:

  • income, taxation and financial provision measures;
  • education and training supports;
  • technology supports;
  • mental health supports;
  • social protection measures;
  • copyright measures.

The Taskforce has completed its work and its Chairperson, Ms Clare Duignan, submitted this report to the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht including a set of recommendations on how best the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector includes culture, the arts, the audio visual industry and the live entertainment industry.

The report sets out a number of recommendations for the sector’s survival until it fully opens up again. This includes how it can retain the artists and the wider creative, technical, production and support workforce, with their skills and talent, so that there are still arts, culture and entertainment events for Irish audiences and foreign visitors to enjoy in the years to come. These recommendations build on the supports already provided to the impacted sectors in Budget 2021 and in the July Stimulus.

The report includes recommendations on policy and planning, income, taxation and financial provision, education and training, technology supports; mental health, social protection, community development, social inclusion as well as around copyright.

The report, in identifying the value of the arts and culture sector in society, offers ways to ensure performers and creators are recognised and supported through new measures.

Within this, the report identifies a number of issues and solutions under the themes of:

  • Ensuring Recovery;
  • Building Resilience; &
  • Facing Forward.

Commenting on the report, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., stated:

“I very much welcome the report “LIFE WORTH LIVING” submitted by the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce and thank each and every member of the Taskforce for their time, expertise and commitment in this hugely difficult time. I met with the Taskforce at the start of its work and was struck both by the members’ dedication and also the seriousness of the situation facing the Arts and Culture sector.”

“The Taskforce has produced a set of recommendations on how best the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector includes the arts, culture, the audio visual industry, live entertainment and the events industry.” 

“As I have stressed on numerous occasions, the Arts and Culture sector was the first to shut and will in many cases be the last to re-open. This report will be hugely beneficial to me and to my colleagues in Government as we examine ways to help the Arts and Culture sector emerge from the very difficult position in which it finds itself. I note in particular the Taskforce’s assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both existing livelihoods within the sector but also people’s future prospects, not just financially but in areas such as wellbeing and maintaining existing skill sets. I am under no illusions about the scale of the challenge and the many competing priorities facing Government. Nonetheless, I am delighted that as a Government we have been able so far to respond to date on many of the issues highlighted within this report. We can always strive to do better and that is what I aim to do.”

Clare Duignan, Chairperson of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, added:

“I am delighted that the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce has completed our work and submitted the report “LIFE WORTH LIVING” to the Minister. I must give a huge thanks and praise to my colleagues on the Taskforce.  They have committed so much time and energy in helping to craft and shape the report that is now available for all to read. I would also like to thank all those who made submissions during the consultation stage ensuring that this report is a fact driven, balanced document.

 “As I say in the report; almost all activity has stopped in the Arts and Culture sector. The survival, recovery and sustainability of this sector is dependent on economic policy and decision-making in the short and long-term. I strongly believe that this report gives the Government the information required to help the sector by ensuring its recovery, building on its resilience and strengthening it for the future.”

You can read “LIFE WORTH LIVING”, the Report here.

For further information click here

Annual Business to Arts Awards Call for Nominations now Live

October 21st, 2020
Pictured at a COVID-19-adapted announcement of the Business to Arts Awards is Rachel Ní Bhraonáin of Fidget Feet. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Pictured at a COVID-19-adapted announcement of the Business to Arts Awards is Rachel Ní Bhraonáin of Fidget Feet. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Today, Business to Arts alongside their supporting partners launched the call for nominations for the annual Business to Arts Awards. The Awards champion businesses, artists and arts organisations that work together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning and CSR programmes, which involve creativity in the community and in the workplace.

At the awards launch, Business to Arts encouraged businesses across Ireland to support the arts, strengthen their existing relationships with the cultural community and create meaningful partnerships at a time of critical need for the arts sector. Research conducted by Business to Arts in 2019 among corporate sponsors and arts organisations in Ireland revealed that:

  • Over €8.5 million was spent on arts, festival and music sponsorships between May 2018/2019
  • Of the arts sponsors surveyed in 2019, 41% reported that they would increase their spend in 2020

Winners of the Business to Arts Awards provide leading examples that help inform others about the ways to support the arts sector during the pandemic.

2021 will mark the 29th edition of the Business to Arts Awards and will include a COVID-19-adapted Ceremony, which will take place in April 2021 and will be broadcast online from the GPO. Supporters of the Awards include Accenture, Arthur Cox, daa, Irish Life, The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon, The Irish Times, TileStyle and An Post.

For the 29th year, daa will commission the award sculpture presented to winners of the Business to Arts Awards. This is one of the longest recurring commissions of artists by any business in Ireland. In recent years, the artists commissioned have included Emma Bourke (Mayo), Ed Miliano (Dublin), Kevin Callaghan (Cork) and Cara Murphy (Down). The next commissioned artist will be announced in February 2021.

There are 9 categories in total that focus on sponsorship, commissioning and CSR initiatives including creativity in the community and in the workplace. A new award recognising philanthropic giving has been announced in partnership with the Arts Council/ An Comhairle Ealaíon. The full list of categories are:

  1. Best Large Sponsorship (> €25,000) supported by Arthur Cox
  2. Best Small Sponsorship (< €25,000)
  3. Best Long Term Partnership (3 years or more) supported by The Irish Times
  4. Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life
  5. Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace supported by ESB
  6. Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice
  7. Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists
  8. Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by the Arts Council
  9. Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture

Previous award winners include BNP Paribas & IMMA, Butler Gallery & Cartoon Saloon, Grant Thornton & National Concert Hall, McGarrell Reilly Group, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Waterford Walls.

At the launch Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

“As we navigate the challenges of COVID-19, it is critical that we increase our advocacy with the private sector to support the arts community in towns and cities throughout Ireland. Our Awards are our flagship programme to achieve this. The winners will demonstrate how businesses are supporting the arts during the pandemic and the many ways other businesses can do this. We welcome the supporters of the Business to Arts Awards this year. Their commitment reflects the belief in our mission to champion collaboration with Ireland’s arts community and encourage other business leaders to support the arts. We look forward to recognising the shortlisted and winning relationships in April in an appropriate Awards Ceremony.”

Dr. Michelle Cullen, Managing Director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture said:

“As society adapts to this challenging period, it is more important than ever that businesses support Ireland’s cherished arts sector in meaningful ways to keep our culture flourishing. Accenture is delighted to sponsor the Judges’ Special Recognition Award, which will be awarded based on an overall diverse portfolio of partnerships in the community.”

Orla O’Connor, Chair, Arthur Cox said:

“We are delighted to partner again with Business to Arts and support both the awards and Ireland’s arts community.  In these uncertain times, the arts inspire us and lift our spirits and are more important than ever.

Supporting and leveraging creative thinking is essential for building healthy businesses and vibrant communities and enriching our working environments. We wish all the applicants well with their entries.”

Tony Lawless, Vice President, Canada Life (Irish Life) said:

“Irish Life is delighted to sponsor the award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community this year. As a company with deep roots in the community, looking after over a million Irish people right across the island, we are proud to support the uplifting impact that successful creativity can have.”

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

“The Arts Council is delighted to support the Business to Arts award for Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts which recognises best-practice and outstanding impact in the area of arts philanthropy. We strongly encourage the embedding of a culture of sustainable philanthropy for the arts encapsulated in the Arts Council’s RAISE programme which is focused on growing private investment to the arts in Ireland. We look forward to acknowledging and recognising the philanthropic champions to the arts and encourage all those artists and arts organisations who are beneficiaries of generous philanthropy to nominate their champions for this award.” 

 Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times said:
“The Irish Times is delighted to continue its media partnership and association with Business to Arts. This highlights our long-standing commitment to supporting and covering all aspects of arts and culture to a strong and engaged audience. We are proud to support the mission of Business to Arts, in particular at this time given the severe impact the pandemic has had on the sector. We look forward to a happier future and to an eventful and successful 29th Awards.”

 Gerry Butler, Managing Director, TileStyle said:

“We are delighted to support Business to Arts in promoting creative partnerships between the arts and business communities. The awards recognise world class collaborations and showcase how exceptional talent, innovation and creativity can be harnessed for the benefit of all.”

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16th December at 5pm. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/awards for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

September 21st, 2020
aunching the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre. Picture Robbie Reynolds.

Launching the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland and Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds.

The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts was launched today. The Fund will distribute a total of €1 million between 2020 and 2022 and is designed to support artists and arts projects across the island of Ireland.  Today’s announcement brings the Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together community investment to €3million.

The Arts Fund will support or commission artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects, enhancing the wellbeing of the participants, audiences and communities involved.  All art forms are eligible and the aim is for the projects to benefit a range of audiences. The Fund will also support arts projects that have been adapted due to COVID-19, or are inspired by / respond to COVID-19.

Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland said, “Our wellbeing as a country depends on our rich culture and heritage continuing to thrive.  Through this Fund we are building on Bank of Ireland’s long history of supporting the arts. There is no better time than when artists, like communities across the island, are struggling in the face of the pandemic.  This programme is part of our wider contribution to helping the recovery of communities and businesses across Ireland.”

Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht said, “The arts sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the Government has been working to support artists over the past six months.  The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in the great tradition of business supporting creative communities, is a very welcome programme that will be embraced by artists and their local communities.”

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts said, “We are acutely aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the revenue sources for the arts sector. The establishment of this fund with Bank of Ireland sets a new way for businesses to support arts projects in their local communities. We look forward to partnering with Bank of Ireland and seeing the arts projects that have been supported by the fund realised throughout 2021.”

The Begin Together Arts Fund is a new strand of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together programme and brings the Bank’s community investment to €3million.  Launched in February 2020, the Begin Together programme originally had three strands – the Begin Together Fund, the Begin Together Awards and Begin Together Colleagues, all contributing to community initiatives across the Island. In April, Bank of Ireland also donated a further €1 million in emergency funding to communities with urgent needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

About the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund:

The Fund will provide fees to artists or groups of artists to create new work and help maximise the budgets of partner organisations (e.g. arts organisations, community/voluntary organisations, etc.) for their programme of activity.

Artists or groups of artists applying must work with a partner organisation (e.g. a venue or event, arts organisation, community/voluntary organisation or another funding agency/organisation). Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / c. GBP£2,500 – £8,400, and average grants will be €5,000 / GBP£4,200, with maximum grants of €10,000 / GBP£8,400. Arts projects with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round, the Fund aims to provide funding to an arts project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Closing date for the first round of applications is Wednesday, 4 November at 5pm. The second round will open in April 2021. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/bank-of-ireland for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

2020 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC

August 17th, 2020

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PwC and Business to Arts will host their annual CEO Forum on Thursday 8th October, bringing CEOs & Leaders from across business and the arts in Ireland together to discuss new ideas and strategies that are developing in their sectors.

The CEO Forum will focus on ‘Resilience and Stabilisation’ of companies and organisations in diverse industries, as they deal with the impact of the pandemic, and plan for 2021 and beyond.

Panelists include Myles Clarke, Managing Director, CBRE IrelandMaureen Kennelly, Director, The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle EalaíonFeargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC IrelandDavid Smith, President, IADT, who will respond to the discussion and Dearbhail McDonald, journalist and broadcaster, will moderate discussions. You can read more information about the panelists here.

This event will be broadcast online. To find out more, please contact Eileen.

Fiona Clark appointed to Board of Business to Arts

July 20th, 2020

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Business to Arts is happy to announce the appointment of Fiona Clark to the Board of Directors. Fiona is Festival Director and CEO of Cork International Film Festival, joining in 2016 to lead Ireland’s first and largest film festival into its next phase of development, successfully delivering a refreshed event and a 32% increase in audiences in 2019.

Prior to Cork, Fiona held the senior position of Head of Development & Fundraising at the Irish Film Institute for three years, and CEO of Get Connected, a national UK youth helpline charity, growing that service and reach four-fold over her five-year tenure. As CEO of Earthrace, Fiona led the 2008 international environmental project in its successful Guinness and P1 World Record-breaking circumnavigation of the globe in a ‘green’ powerboat, leading to the establishment of Earthrace Conservation, a global marine conservation organisation, currently featured in the US TV series, The Operatives.

Fiona concluded a successful 20 year career as a theatre producer as Executive Producer at the acclaimed new writing Bush Theatre, London, and producing West End and Off Broadway transfers, and national and international tours. Fiona started her career in arts education, and held education development posts at a number of UK theatres before joining the flagship Theatre Royal Bath as Associate Director.

Fiona graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English and Drama. She is a member of the European Film Academy.

Read more about Fiona on Linkedin.

Artists announced for Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU

June 25th, 2020

(Pictured clockwise from bottom left-hand corner) Una Sealy, Blaise Smith, Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jackie Hudson Lalor.

Five artists chosen to celebrate the lives of pioneering women in STEM

Today five award-winning and internationally-acclaimed artists have been selected for Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU initiative, which will celebrate the lives of female pioneers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a series of commissioned portraits.

Today’s announcement follows an open call issued to artists nationally in February of this year to apply for the opportunity to create portraits honouring the contributions of Beatrice Alice Hicks, Katherine Johnson, Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, Marie Maynard Daly and Kathleen (Kay) McNulty.

All five are regarded as pioneers in STEM, making significant contributions in their specific discipline, through outstanding research work, scientific breakthroughs and lasting cultural and social change for future generations.

The commissioned portraits will be hung in the Future-Tech building at DCU’s Glasnevin Campus. This flagship building is at the forefront of DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines.

Accenture’s Women on Walls initiative 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. This is the third chapter of Accenture’s Women on Walls series, which commenced in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy and was repeated in 2019 with RCSI.

The following artists have been commissioned to complete 5 individual portraits:

Commissioned Artist    Subject
Blaise Smith    Beatrice Alice Hicks
Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide    Marie Maynard Daly
Jackie Hudson Lalor    Katherine Johnson
Jim Fitzpatrick    Kathleen (Kay) McNulty
Una Sealy    Dame Kathleen Lonsdale

Welcoming today’s announcement of the five selected artists for Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU commissions, President of DCU, Prof Brian MacCraith, said, “We are delighted to announce the internationally-renowned panel of artists that has been commissioned to create Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU portraits. The calibre of the five artists is a reflection of the five extraordinary and inspirational women they will portray. Their life and work has had an important and lasting impact in their respective STEM fields. These portraits will highlight the major historic contribution of women in STEM and we hope that they will inspire all of our students to fulfil their potential.”

Dr Michelle Cullen, Managing Director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture in Ireland added, “People we see on the walls can tell us about the past, and about the people who paved the way. But sometimes, they only tell half the story. Women on Walls began in response to the simple question, where are the women? As a graduate of DCU, it is a particular honour for me to see Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU become a reality. The initiative is grounded in a core objective of enhancing the visibility of women in STEM to inspire future generations. The five selected artists are integral in helping us achieve that.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts added, “With this third edition of Accenture’s Women on Walls, we are adding five new portraits of leaders in STEM to the art collection of DCU. Accenture’s Women on Walls campaign is developing a substantial body of portraiture across academic institutions in Dublin. It represents a very tangible way to support artists, enhance the visibility of women in leadership and align with the Athena SWAN Charter. I’d like to congratulate each of the artists on their appointment to this prestigious commission.”

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For any queries or for more information relating to the Women on Walls campaign, please contact: womenonwalls@businesstoarts.ie.

 

Business to Arts presents the AR Programme@Home Series

April 15th, 2020

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Watch live via the Business to Arts Facebook page

Business to Arts have announced a new online weekly series showcasing some of the work of our Artists-in-Residence. The AR Programme@Home Series will commence on Friday April 17th at 1pm via the Business to Arts Facebook page. The series will be live from the homes of our artists.

During the series each week, we will bring you a different artform and go behind the scenes of some of the work our artists complete with their business sponsors and community partners.

The ARProgramme@Home Series schedule:

1. Word Works – Exploring poetry and creative writing with poet Catherine Ann Cullen

Friday April 17th, 1pm

Catherine Ann was the A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence from 2016 – 2019, working with St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School, East Wall. She is Poetry Ireland’s inaugural Poet in Residence since 2019. Watch Catherine Ann’s session here.

Repro Free: Wednesday 26th October 2016: Business to Arts and leading corporate law firm, A&L Goodbody have today announced Dublin born author, Catherine Ann Cullen as the 2016 Writer in Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. Catherine will work with children at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall to develop their creativity and literacy skills. The Writer in Residence role will see Catherine working with pupils at St. Joseph’s, participating in literacy workshops with the children and supporting Business to Arts’ wider civic programme of promoting the Arts collaboratively through businesses and communities. The exciting venture marks the first time that a business in Ireland has engaged a Writer in Residence programme with Business to Arts and Dublin City Council. As part of the partnership, A&L Goodbody will also provide funding for the programme worth €30,000. Picture Jason Clarke

2. Making the Pitch – Finding calm and building confidence through the body with theatre practitioner James Riordan

Friday April 24th, 1pm

James is the LK Shields Artist-in-Residence, working with Access Students in NUI Galway. Watch James’ session here.

James Riordan headshot by Julia Dunin Photography-133

3. Imagining a Melody – Composing with pianist and composer Máire Carroll

Friday May 1st, 1pm

Máire is the BHP Insurances Artist-in-Residence, working with the Mid West Simon Community Family Hub in Limerick city. Watch Máire’s session here.

Headshot by Mark Taylor

4. Taking the Shot – Developing photography skills with Kate Nolan

Friday May 8th, 1pm

Kate is the Walkers Photographer-in-Residence, working with TY students in CBS Westland Row.

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If you are a business interested in finding out how more about the AR Programmes, please contact Eileen Hanratty.

We would like to thank A&L Goodbody, BHP Insurances, the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, LK Shields, the Ludgate Hub, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre and Walkers Ireland for supporting our AR Programmes.

We would also like to thank CBS Westland Row, the Mid West Simon Community Family Hub, Access Centre, NUI Galway, Skibbereen Community Hospital, Skibbereen Luncheon Club and St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School for participating in our AR programmes.

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Advice and Guidance in Uncertain Times – A message from Business to Arts to our Patrons, Members and Affiliates

March 16th, 2020

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Our main priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is the safety of our employees, members, affiliates and the wider public. Our mission involves supporting people who work in the arts and in business. As a result, we will maintain an updated central reference page for all COVID-19 related advice and opportunities as they become known to us.

Business to Arts phone lines remain open for calls with our members, affiliates and for general queries from the public. We ask you to communicate with us through direct staff email or info@businesstoarts.ie as much as possible over the next couple of weeks to help us manage the workload as efficiently as possible.   

Here are the steps we are taking to help our members and affiliates

We advise that you maintain awareness of Government advice and supports contained on:

Hse.ie

Gov.ie including: Information for employers, information for employees and self employed, illness benefit for COVID-19 absences, social welfare COVID-19 contacts 

Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht 

Arts Council 

Charities Regulator

There are many useful Business Toolkits available online – here is one from BDO Ireland

Business to Arts & Fund it initial response:

We will centralise Business to Arts information and guidance here

Business to Arts will offer a series of online one-to-one clinics commencing 2nd April for our arts affiliates. We will be focusing on the individual needs of each organisation caused by COVID-19 during the session. These may include crisis fundraising and communications, sponsorship contracts and obligations, future fundraising plans and general business continuity queries. To book, please contact Michelle@BusinesstoArts.ie. 

Fundit.ie is accepting COVID-19-related emergency fundraising campaigns from March until the end of May. This will allow anyone that has experienced a sudden loss of income or may require funds as a result of COVID-19 to harness the power of their supporters to fund some or all of their needs.

From March until the end of May Fundit.ie will also reduce our commission for COVID-19 related crowdfunding campaigns from 8% to 4% during this period. i.e. only payment processing, merchant services and basic admin charges apply. We will work to reduce these further over the coming weeks. [update as of May 31st: commission reverted to 8%]

Fundraising Continuity / Advice ¹-²

Have a highly visible donation button on the homepage or your website and on your social media profile if possible.

For any cancelled performance/events, ask ticket buyers to donate the value of their ticket to you / your organisation so that the artists and your organisation is paid.

If you have cancelled or significantly scaled back a sponsored event, ask the sponsor/funder to relax the use of their funds. 

If you have large suppliers for your sponsored activities, ask for extended payment terms and/or consider payment forgiveness if your circumstances require this.

Gradually start to showcase your future plans for Autumn/Winter 2020 and beyond. While doing this, encourage your followers to support your organisation’s friends / membership campaign or ongoing fundraising campaign.

This might be a good time to kickstart or reinvigorate your  digital fundraising opportunities (e.g. fundit, patreon, gofundme etc). 

All communications related to the above should outline how the ticket price, sponsorship or donation will help you / your organisation survive during this difficult time.

One of the best ways to support artists is to buy their work. Find artists and arts organisations online and support them directly. Buy their vouchers, buy their books, listen to their music or watch their films on your chosen streaming services.

The Importance of Arts Advocacy 

It is important we all continue to make Government, the general public and private sector sponsors aware of the critical role of artists, creatives and Ireland’s cultural sector plays. We must make evidence-based arguments, which enhance supports for/investment in:

Artists, arts organisations and businesses impacted by the cancellation of mass events and closure of venues.

Self-employed workers and businesses (especially SME’s and cultural and creative businesses).  

In order to do this, we will work with all stakeholders to share knowledge, develop solutions and identify relevant supports. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss with us, please make contact via phone or info@businesstoarts.ie Please note that new Business to Arts initiatives will require further planning.

With thanks to key additional sources, partners & credits

1.DeVos Institute

2.NCFA

3.ThinkBusiness

 

Portraits of nine trailblazing academic leaders unveiled at RCSI

March 5th, 2020
RCSI Art Award 2018 recipient winner Amelia Stein Launch

RCSI Art Award 2018 recipient winner Amelia Stein commission launch. Pictured: Andrew Hetherington (Chief Executive, Business to Arts), Patrick T. Murphy (Director, RHA), President Kenneth Mealy (RCSI), President Abigail O’Brien (RHA), Aíne Gibbons (Director of Development, RCSI) and Amelia Stein (Photographer). Photo: Maxwell Photography

A new collection of nine contemporary photographic portraits of leading academic staff has been officially unveiled at RCSI. The portraits, by photographer Amelia Stein, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the extraordinary academic staff at RCSI.

The series was created by Amelia Stein, winner of the RCSI Art Award 2018 in association with The Irish Times and the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Annual Exhibition. Complementing the Women on Walls collection which commemorates historical female leaders in healthcare, the portraits were commissioned by RCSI to enhance female representation across the University and to capture and honour the character and contributions of valued members of staff.

Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive, RCSI, said: “We are committed to showcasing the achievements of our female academic leaders, providing inspiration for current and future generations of students and promoting gender diversity in higher education and healthcare. By raising the visibility of trailblazing colleagues who make significant contributions to education, research and healthcare here at RCSI, we create role models for future generation which we know is critical in promoting greater female representation. These portraits mark a significant place on our journey towards embedding a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity throughout RCSI.”

Aíne Gibbons, Director of Development, Alumni Relations and Chair of the RCSI Art Committee, said: “We are delighted to add these wonderful portraits of RCSI’s great women leaders to RCSI’s art collection. I would like to congratulate Amelia Stein on this inspirational series of portraiture. We hope these portraits will inspire future generations and returning alumni.”

The RCSI Art Award was established in 2016 to celebrate the common heritage of RCSI and the RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and wellbeing.

Both RCSI and the RHA have Georgian origins and are 32-county bodies. RCSI was occupied, while the RHA was destroyed in the Easter Rising of 1916 and the RCSI Art Award was established to coincide with the centenary of these historic events. Past winners of the award include Remco de Fouw (2016), Miranda Blennerhasset (2017) and Mary A. Kelly (2019).

The nine trailblazers featured:

  • Professor Marie Guidon, Foundation Head of School of Physiotherapy
  • Professor Anne Hickey, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Dean for Positive Education
  • Kate Kelly, Director Library Services, RCSI Library
  • Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Professor Zena Moore, Professor and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Professor Niamh Moran, Head of School of Postgraduate Studies
  • Professor Mary Leader, Head of Department of Pathology
  • Professor Tracy Robson, Professor and Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
  • Professor Teresa Pawlikowska, Director of Health Professions Education Centre

About the artist
Born in 1958, Amelia Stein lives and works in Dublin, where she has established herself as a singularly exacting photographer whose work is characterised by meticulous attention to detail in tandem with the attributes of fine black and white photography.

As a performing arts photographer, Stein has worked in theatre and opera in Ireland from 1979 to 2000. Her signature black and white photography has featured widely in the music Industry and she was elected a member of the RHA in 2004 and of Aosdána in 2006. Fore more information, visit ameliastein.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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