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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 2021 Notice & Forms

March 9th, 2021
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

In keeping with our Memorandum and Articles of Association, below you will find notice of our AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 30 March 2021 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 (31/10/20)

 

A Summary of Our Impact in 2019-20

Business to Arts would not have the impact it has without our members, funders and affiliates support. Our membership base is our primary source of funds and without this revenue we would not achieve our mission. To give a recap on some of 2020’s activities:

  • We continue to implement our 5-year strategic plan (2018-2023). This is available here
  • We curated a series of online events showcasing the breadth of activity undertaken by Business to Arts with our partners including The Merrion Hotel, PwC, FRS Recruitment, Bank of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the Little Museum of Dublin and more
  • We enabled new arts partnerships valued in excess of €1.025million through various strands of fundraising, which include new sponsorships, bursaries, commissions and grants. We also advised / supported many ongoing partnerships
  • We launched the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, which will distribute €1million between between 2020-22.
  • We added two new Fellows to 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 their changing fundraising priorities caused by COVID-19
  • We announced a range of new supporters of the Business to Arts Awards including Accenture, Arthur Cox, The Arts Council, ESB, Irish Life and The Irish Times
  • We contributed actively to the Arts & Cultural Recovery Taskforce, which reported to Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

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.”

Learn more here

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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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Walkers Stories from the Docklands Photography Competition’ now live

February 26th, 2020
*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 30/5/2019 : Pictured was transition year students Genoveva Nemes (age 16) and Ademola Oke-Eko (age 15) of CBS Westland Row with their projects at the launch of photographic exhibition titled ‘Docklands Story Walks’. The exhibition is part of CBS Westland Row's engagement with Kate Nolan, Walkers Photographer in Residence under the Docklands Arts Fund. The students' project work was exhibited at the Walkers offices alongside Walkers staff photography, showcasing the development of their photographic skills together. See businesstoarts.ie for further details. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : helen@businesstoarts.ie

CBS Westland Row TY students Genoveva Nemes (age 16) and Ademola Oke-Eko at Walkers offices. Photo: Conor McCabe

Business to Arts and global financial services law firm and corporate services business, Walkers, have announced the second year of the ‘Walkers Stories from the Docklands Photography Competition’. Members of the public are invited to submit photographs, that fit under one of four themes – architecture, people in motion, life on the water and daily life. Photographs where possible should be taken in the Dublin Docklands area. Due to the current situation, photographs are also welcomed which have been captured in any local area (e.g. home, garden, neighbourhood). There are four categories of entrant:

  • Children 12 years and under
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age
  • Adults
  • Walkers Staff Members

Images may be taken on cameras or mobile phones. The closing date for entries is 20 July 2020.

A panel of experts will convene to select the shortlisted and winning images. Shortlisted and winning images will receive One4all vouchers. A number of selected photographs will be printed and displayed in the Walkers offices, with printed images presented to the participants as a prize per category.

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

2020 sees Walkers celebrating 10 years in Ireland. Garry Ferguson, Managing Partner, Walkers commented:

We are pleased to extend Walkers Photographer-in-Residence programme to also enable members of the public as well as our staff and the students of CBS Westland Row, to enter photographs under this competition. The photography competition theme centres on the architecture, movement of people and life on water in the picturesque and inspirational Dublin Docklands area where new and traditional parts of Dublin come together to form a flourishing centre for commerce, entertainment and urban living.

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

‘We are very happy to announce the second annual Walkers Stories from the Docklands competition. This project builds on our collaborative partnership with Walkers, Photographer-in-Residence Kate Nolan, CBS Westland Row and the Docklands Arts Fund. The Docklands is continuously evolving and we look forward to receiving submissions that capture the day-to-day life and activities of those who work, live and commute through the area.’

For further information please click here.

Open Call to Artists for Accenture Women on Walls at DCU Launched

February 18th, 2020

DCU WOW webAn open call to artists for a series of new portraits of outstanding females in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has been announced at DCU. Accenture Women on Walls at DCU will recognise the pioneering achievements of a group of extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of female leaders in STEM. When completed, the new portraits will be hung in The Future-Tech Building located at DCU’s Glasnevin Campus. The flagship building will be at the forefront of DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Prof Brian MacCraith, President of DCU said:“Thanks to the ‘Accenture Women on Walls at DCU’ initiative, DCU will be able to give female STEM pioneers pride of place at the heart of our new Future-Tech building. DCU hopes the presence of these portraits will inspire future generations of female leaders in STEM, based on the powerful idea that ‘you cannot be what you cannot see’. We are delighted that this is happening as we celebrate our 40th year as a higher education institution and it reflects a core value of DCU in our drive to foster equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Dr Michelle Cullen, managing director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture in Ireland added: “Accenture is delighted to be working with DCU on the next chapter of Women on Walls. The existing portraits at RIA and RCSI continue to create many important conversations about extraordinary women leaders in Ireland and beyond. As a young undergraduate and post-graduate student, DCU was the place that formed and inspired me and it is a particular honour to be working with DCU on this important commission in the year of their 40th anniversary. I am looking forward to meeting the chosen artists for this commission. They will get the opportunity to paint historical women in STEM including Katherine Johnson, a former NASA mathematician whose calculations were critical to America’s first human spaceflight.”

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts said: “We are proud to work with DCU and Accenture on the next phase of the Women on Walls Campaign. Art is a powerful means of visual communication and these portrait commissions will be seen by students, staff and visitors to the DCU Campus for generations to come. Through portraiture we can acknowledge and celebrate the great achievements of these outstanding women ensuring that Irish and international female academic and industry leaders are visible.”

DCU is committed to promoting gender equality among staff and students for the advancement of the university’s mission to transform lives and societies.

The university is a recipient of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality for women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and creating cultural change within the university.

It has consistently demonstrated a strong passion and dedication to advancing women in STEM as evidenced by initiatives such as the Improving Gender Balance Ireland Programme, which aims to improve students’ experience of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as well as leading a global research consortium to help tackle gender equalities in Ireland’s entrepreneurial sector.

Women on Walls is a campaign that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Accenture’s Women on Walls began in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy followed by a second campaign with RCSI in 2019.

Artists are welcome to submit a proposal to Business to Arts before 5pm on Friday, 17 April 2020. It is anticipated that the successful artists will be selected in June and that the completed artworks would be launched in Winter 2020. Further information is available here.

Fundraising Fellows Complete Two-Year Fundraising Fellowship programme Raising Over €772,000 Attributed To Three Fundraisers

February 13th, 2020
Repro Free: Dublin, Thursday 12th, February 2020: Pictured at the . Picture Jason Clarke

Photo: Jason Clarke

Last night, Fundraising Fellows Aoibhie McCarthy (Marketing & Development Officer, Cork Film Festival); John Mc Evoy (Development Executive, Druid); and Fiona Garvan (Development Executive, Dublin Theatre Festival) graduated from the Fundraising Fellowship programme. The programme, a partnership between Business to Arts, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council Culture Company, aims to develop the pool of fundraising expertise in Irish cultural organisations.

As part of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship Dublin programme, the Fellows worked in a fundraising or a marketing & fundraising role at their arts organisation. The programme saw Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council Culture Company fund 50% of each role, with the partner organisation matching that figure. Over the two years, the Fellows took part in an intensive programme of training and mentorship, worth in-excess of €80,000 per institution led by Business to Arts and industry experts, to build capacity and to diversify revenue streams. As part of this, leading Irish experts offered masterclasses to develop knowledge and offer practical and real life expertise.

The Fellows have raised a combined €772,000 directly attributable to their role in their organisation. Three case studies have been published highlighting the challenges, implemented strategies and outcomes of the Fellows and their organisations participating in the course. Each can be viewed here:

Druid Theatre Company
Cork Film Festival
Dublin Theatre Festival

To date over €2 million has been raised by Fellows who have participated in the programme. These include Helium Arts, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Fishamble: A New Play Company alongside the three organisations mentioned above.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“This two-year programme has enabled Business to Arts; the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; and Dublin City Council Culture Company to provide an intensive programme of training and support to three arts organisations. We now have six Fellows that have graduated from the programme. Each Fellow has secured new funding for their organisation and we are very proud of their achievements to date. Developing sustainable fundraising ability in the arts takes time, resources and partnerships with all stakeholders. We thank the Department of Culture and Dublin City Council Culture Company for their foresight and investment in the programme”

At the graduation, Conor Falvey, Assistant Secretary Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:

“I wish to congratulate to Business to Arts on the resounding success of the Fellowship Scheme which has promoted a new approach to arts funding, strengthened the confidence and the capabilities of the Fellows and of their organisations, and achieved impressive results in 2018 and 2019. The values represented by their effort echo the values stated in the recently launched National Cultural Policy Framework Culture 2025.”

At the graduation, Iseult Byrne, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council Culture Company said:

“Capacity building one of our core values so we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with Business to Arts on developing this programme. We are delighted to see how the programme has had an impact Dublin Theatre Festival, increasing the funds raised and the development of new partnership for the organisation. Perhaps more importantly though is the investment of Fundraising Fellowship Dublin in developing and sharing a skillset that will impact positively on cultural and community organisations long after the programme has ended.”

For details on the Fundraising Fellowship programme please click here.

Business to Arts’ tribute to Keelin Shanley

February 10th, 2020
Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Business to Arts Awards Picture Conor McCabe Photography

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of our friend Keelin Shanley. We had the pleasure of working with Keelin over a five-year period as Master of Ceremonies for the Business to Arts Awards. During that time she also worked as MC at the Irish Book Awards and Accenture’s International Women’s Day Events.

Speaking about Keelin, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said, “Keelin was a natural choice as master of ceremonies for our Awards. She had a great ability to hold an audience and seamlessly move between official ceremony and lighter conversation with winners. She was a strong advocate for women in media, and the arts, and was interested in the work of Business to Arts. As well as being an accomplished journalist and presenter known to everyone, she was a close friend of many people that are a part of our organisation. Our heartfelt sympathies to her husband Conor, her children, family and colleagues at RTE.”

Keelin’s obituary in on RTE can be read here and on Irish Times here.

 

 

 

Galway 2020 – Business to Arts programme highlights

February 10th, 2020

Galway 2020Following the launch of Galway 2020, the team at Business to Arts look forward to attending some of the cultural events that will happen across Galway city and county in the coming year. From immersive theatre to street fairs, light shows to circus spectacles there is something for everyone. Galway 2020 events run all year until January 2021 culminating in Lumiere Galway, which will see Galway city transformed by artists through large-scale projections, light sculptures and interactive digital installations.

Here are some of our highlights:

  • Joeleen Lynch – Membership & Projects Manager

To the Moon

To the Moon (March 31st-April 12th) 

A collaboration from NASA’s first artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson and new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang. I am excited for ‘To the Moon’, which promises a dreamlike immersive experience that takes the audience on their own 30 minute lunar exploration. A timely VR experience commenting on humans transitory experience on earth and our impact on other life forms that are threatened by extinction including the polar bear and the honey bee. Click here to learn more.

  • Andrew Hetherington – Chief Executive

Druid

Druid: The Galway Tour (May 7th- July 5th)

Druid will perform a series of one act plays, which will be performed in local communities across Galway County and City. We’ve had the pleasure of working with the Druid team from 2018 – 2020 through their participation on our Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. Druid’s reputation for bringing their productions to different locations in Galway means seeing one of these performances should not be missed. Click here to learn more.

  • Helen Carroll – Head of Communications & Partnerships

Macnas

Gilgamesh (April, June, November, December)

Macnas and Marina Carr bring the legendary adventures of Gilgamesh to life across the four seasons with the story beginning to unfold in fragments in spring and moving outdoors for summer. Playing out in multiple sites across the city, county and digital realm, Macnas are magical storytellers who constantly surprise, creating powerful and visual theatrical shows for audiences of all ages. Click here to learn more.

 

  • Eileen Hanratty – Senior Membership & Projects Manager

Fire Garden

Fire Garden (August)

To mark the start of Lughnasa and the long wild nights of this enchanted season, fire alchemists Cie Carabosse will create a magical fire garden on a huge scale in and around one of County Galway’s most impressive monuments. It will be a poignant experience, reflecting on the most basic and elemental human need for warmth and light as humanity is battling with the consequences of Earth’s increasing temperatures. Click here to learn more.

 

  • Michelle Reid – Arts Programme Manager

Waterlicht

Waterlicht (October)

Responding to the pressing risk of rising sea levels brought on by global warming, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde will transform an area deep within Connemara into a virtual underwater world. Connemara has long been on my list of places to explore. With the prospect of being enveloped in a virtual flood in the depths of Connemara, as well as confronting the ever-growing threat of climate change in an immersive installation, I could see no better way to develop and deepen my connection with this beautiful landscape. Click here to learn more.

To see the full Galway 2020 programme click here

A National Remit- Reaching all corners

February 7th, 2020
Repro Free: Dublin, Thursday 12th, February 2020: Pictured at the . Picture Jason Clarke

Picture Jason Clarke

Business to Arts’ current strategic plan (2018-2023) outlines our ambition to increase our Corporate & Arts Affiliate membership across Ireland. As a non-profit organisation with a national remit, we recognise and acknowledge the fundraising and development challenges faced by regional artists and cultural organisations. Restricted access to training and networking events impedes the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for these individuals/organisations. We are currently working to increase our presence in cities and regions outside Dublin to combat these challenges.

To increase our engagement with regional Corporates and Arts Affiliates we are currently implementing the following activities:

Increasing our presence in Munster & Connacht

From January 2020 Business to Arts will be in the Cork/Munster region one day per month and are available to meet with companies/individuals interested in connecting with members of the team. We will also be working in Galway one day per month from April to August. Fundit.ie, Business to Arts’ crowdfunding platform for creatives will also host a number of regional workshops throughout 2020.

Business to Arts’ AR Programme

The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity, with programmes involving community engagement, staff engagement and work-place creative activities by host companies and artists. We work with companies and artists to create programmes that engage staff and local communities through arts participation. Currently, programmes include ‘SOAR’ at NUIG supported by LK Shields, ‘Harmony’ at the Mid-West Simon Community Family Hub, Limerick supported by BHP Insurance and ‘Calling Home’ at The Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen. Learn more about our AR Programme here

New Stream & capacity building

New Stream is our long-term, capacity-building programme for arts and cultural organisations. A key strand, Fundraising Fellowship Ireland, provides matched funding and a two-year professional development programme for arts fundraisers and their organisations. In total, the investment from this programme is valued at €80,000 per organisation. Cork Film Festival and Druid Theatre have recently completed the programme. Read case studies on both organisations here. We will announce the next two organisations to participate on the programme early next month.

Did you know?

Arts Affiliates

In 2019, our annual regional Arts Affiliate membership increased by 8%. Currently, the largest number of Arts Affiliates are based in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick respectively.

Fund it Regional Statistics

Between 2011 and 2019, over 1,500 projects have been funded through Fund it. 55.7% of projects were based in Dublin, 11.5% from Cork, 8.2% from Galway.

If you are an artist or cultural organisation interested in meeting with a member of the Business to Arts team please contact Michelle at michelle@businesstoarts.ie

If you are a business interested in meeting with a member of the Business to Arts team please contact Eileen at eileen@businesstoarts.ie

A search for Ireland’s most Creative Company

February 5th, 2020
TG4 - Creative Company Photocall Pictured: Mentors/Artists Liam De Frinse and Br’d Higgins N’ ChinnŽide Date: 07/03/2019 Photographer: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy 1IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Studio: +353 1 493 9947 Mob: +353 87 246 9221 (Bryan) 1image.ie eventimage.ie Copyright: 1IMAGE Photography/Bryan Brophy© All Rights Reserved

Mentors/Artists Liam De Frinse and Brid Higgins Ni ChinnŽide. Photographer: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy

Business to Arts are very happy to work with EZ Films & TG4 on the TV series ‘Creative Company’. The new arts-based competition 6-part series airs on TG4 on Thursday evenings at 9.30pm. Working with an artist, ten Irish companies take on the challenge of creating a piece of large-scale public art.

The project is judged by a team of expert art critics, Evelyn O’Rourke, Broadcaster RTÉ; Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, National Gallery of Ireland; and Helen Carroll, Business to Arts.

Watch the episodes here:

Business to Arts welcomes the launch of Culture 2025

January 13th, 2020

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Business to Arts welcomes the launch of Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025 by Minister Josepha Madigan TD and the Department of Culture, Heritage & Galetacht on Jan 10, 2020.

Culture 2025 sets the direction for Government policy across the cultural sector, including the arts, the Irish language and the creative, heritage and audiovisual sectors.  It details the Government’s aspirations for these areas and how these aspirations can be achieved.

Key actions contained within Culture 2025 include:

  • Increasing access to and participation in the arts and boosting our creative industries;
  • Working collaboratively to enable the creative potential of every child and young person;
  • Investing in our Gaeltacht and supporting the Irish language;
  • Supporting traditional culture and securing global recognition for unique Irish cultural traditions;
  • And protecting and promoting Ireland’s natural habitats and biodiversity;

Business to Arts welcomes the Government’s commitment to double the amount of public funding for arts and culture by 2025 to €576m.

We also welcome the Government commitment to “encouraging strong, mutually beneficial links between the business and arts community.” As part of this commitment, Government states it will “examine ways to further promote private investment across the cultural sector.” The overall aim of this policy is to ensure that both public and private sector funding for the cultural sector rests on a solid base, which will enable the Sector to protect and harness our cultural heritage.

You can read Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025 here.

For further information see

Culture 2025 – Discussion Document (Published in 2015) 

Progressing Philanthropy in the Arts in Ireland – read Andrew Hetherington’s opinion piece in VitalSigns_2019 (P.17)

Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Market in Ireland – read our 2019 research report here

Tony Lawless, Managing Director of Irish Life Corporate Business Appointed To The Board Of Business To Arts

January 9th, 2020

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We are delighted to announce that Tony Lawless has been appointed to the board of Business to Arts.

Tony Lawless is Managing Director of Irish Life Corporate Business. Irish Life Corporate Business is the Group Pension market leader in Ireland providing pension and protection benefits to over 500,000 employees and is part of the broader Irish Life Group with over 3,500 employees in Dublin.

Tony began his career with Irish Life over 25 years ago, and has carried out a number of key Senior Management roles with a particular focus in sales, marketing and product areas.

Tony graduated from Trinity College Dublin with BBS Degree and an MBA from DCU, and is currently on the board of the Life Assurance Association.

Shining a light on Artist Residence (AR) Programmes

December 16th, 2019
Robert Upton, Walkers Ireland, with Alex Tcaciuc, CBS Westland Row TY student and Kate Nolan, during collaborative workshop in St Stephen’s Green, 2019. Picture: Andrew Hegarty.

Robert Upton, Walkers Ireland, with Alex Tcaciuc, CBS Westland Row TY student and Kate Nolan, during a collaborative workshop in St Stephen’s Green, 2019. Picture: Andrew Hegarty.

Business to Arts have completed an evaluation report of our AR Programmes. The report was undertaken by Business to Arts, with support from Pat Kitterick (past Assistant Chief Inspector with Department of Education). It presents an overview of two Dublin Docklands based programmes, and the benefits of participating in an AR Programme for artists, companies, and community organisations.

Recommendations for future AR Programmes are suggested, based on collective experience, and independent evaluation of the residencies. The publication is provided to inform future AR Programmes, artists, community organisations, and businesses who are interested in developing an AR Programme. They provide:

  • A new revenue stream / enhanced revenue for an artist
  • A programme / curriculum content for community partners
  • A structure to create or enhance a CSR programme for a company

To read the report click here. Should you need added layers of insight, please contact us at info@businesstoarts.ie

2019 Business to Arts Sponsorship Report provides key insights into Arts, Festival and Music Sponsorship Industry in Ireland

November 27th, 2019
Conductor Alice Farnham with participants of the NCH Fmeacl Doncuctor Programme 2018/2019 in partnership with Grant Thornton

Conductor Alice Farnham with participants of the NCH Female Conductor Programme 2018/2019 in partnership with Grant Thornton

Today, Business to Arts published the 2019 Arts, Festivals and Music Sponsorship – Summary Report, following on from the success of the recent 28th Business to Arts Awards held at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in September. The annual report, launched at the National Concert Hall, was published by Business to Arts from data supplied by sponsorship and marketing managers from the corporate and cultural sector. This report adds to the advocacy organisation’s research and insight services providing an enhanced layer of analysis for sponsors, rightsholders and the public about this segment of the sponsorship market.

The report looks at objectives that differentiate arts, festivals and music sponsorship over other types. It looks at sponsorships that are both one-off event relationships or multi-annual partnerships; sponsorship spend between 2018 and 2019; as well as anticipated spend in 2020; methods used to activate relationships and how success is measured.

Key outputs include:

  • Sponsors would choose an arts sponsorship over another type of sponsorship because it increases awareness of an organisations brand (84%); engages staff (61%) or creates unique events/experiences for a variety of stakeholders (73%)
  • Sponsors surveyed report that in 2020, 41% will increase their spend
  • The most popular forms of activating sponsorships in the arts, festivals and music include branded signage, PR, printed literature and advertising (77%), digital campaign’s (73%) and staff engagement activities (61%)
  • All respondents were asked to nominate brands that they feel are best-in-class in their engagements with culture, and Accenture, Virgin Media, Dublin Port Company, Bord Gáis Energy, Laya Healthcare are among those identified

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts stated:

“Although there is mixed sentiment in the market, it is encouraging to see that 91% of respondents say that their sponsorship spend will remain the same or increase in 2020. Brands such as Virgin Media and Dublin International Film Festival and Bord Gáis Energy and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre that invest in leveraging their sponsorships through additional activation spend are leading the way for others”.

To access the report please click here. If you are a corporate member or arts affiliate please contact michelle@businesstoarts.ie to receive your free access code. 

Business to Arts announce artists participating in the AR Programme

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

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

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

The AR Programme will see the following activity take place:

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

For any queries or more information, please contact Eileen.

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