Shortlist unveiled for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019

The partnerships making up the 2019 shortlist reflect strong creative connections between the worlds of arts and business. Showcasing the strength and success of commerce and culture when merged, creating something amazing together. The businesses shortlisted range from the worlds of accounting to transport and retail to insurance. Arts entrants cover a diverse variety of art forms ranging from theatre to festival and literature to visual art.

Commenting on the 2019 Allianz Arts and Business Awards, Sean McGrath, CEO Allianz said: “2018 was yet another very productive year for NI’s Arts and Business organisations as evidenced through their extraordinary collaborative output, which is of significant value to themselves and to all of us in the wider NI economy. Cultural output not only reflects and defines who we are as a people, but when combined with the genius that exists within our commercial sectors, develops real financial and community benefits for us all.  We are really delighted and proud to acknowledge and promote their achievements through the 2019 Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards.”

Awards will be presented in ten categories, including the prestigious Business of the Year Award, which will be awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating arts & culture through different facets of its business strategy. Among the other categories are the Cultural Fundraiser of the Year, Arts Board Member of the Year and the Arts Award. The Arts Award will be presented to a local arts organisation which has consistently looked to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to a business partnership and is worth £3,000 to the winning arts organisation. Allianz will present the Allianz Community Art Award; the winner will be presented with a prize fund of £2,000.

Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI commented:

“This year we received a record number of entries so our judges had a huge task in selecting our shortlist; we thank them for their valuable time and insight. Many thanks also to Allianz for their continued and vital support for these important Awards. Allianz are an exemplary champion for the Arts. The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are a critical platform for showcasing what is possible when the cultural and corporate sectors come together and the huge impact of the arts across our society.”

The judging panel included representatives from the business world and the arts sector and was chaired by Chief Executive of Arts &a Business NI, Mary Nagele.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “It is really encouraging to see the bond between local businesses and arts organisations continuing to develop and grow, as our two sectors explore new ways of working together to deliver benefits to wider society. It’s proving to be a fertile relationship, each bringing a new dimension to the other’s work. As principal funder, the Arts Council is delighted to support the significant achievements of Arts & Business NI in bringing Northern Ireland’s artists and business people together, and we welcome this opportunity to celebrate some of those outstanding partnerships through the 2019 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards.”

The winners will be revealed at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony in January 2019.

Mary Nagele on T: 028 9073 5158 – m.nagele@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • The Arts & Business NI Awards are sponsored by Allianz. The partnership is now in its twelfth year.
  • Arts & Business NI sparks new partnerships between commerce and culture. We connect companies and individuals to cultural organisations and provide the expertise and insight for them to prosper together.
  • Arts & Business Northern Ireland Limited is a registered company in Northern Ireland limited by guarantee (NI609126).
  • Arts & Business Northern Ireland’s principal funder is the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
  • Arts & Business NI is a registered charity – Registered Charity Number is XT31864.

Awards Shortlist

Cultural Social Responsibility
Awarded to a partnership where the business uses the power of the arts to develop innovative and dynamic new connections with the wider community.

Shortlist

  • Arts Care & Farrans Construction
  • EastSide Arts & Translink
  • Grand Opera House & Dale Farm Ltd
  • Snow Water/ Atlantic Sessions & Proximo
  • Ulster Orchestra & JTI
  • Young At Art & Translink

Cultural Branding
Awarded to a partnership where culture and creativity is used in branding and marketing activity and is embedded in the identity of a business.

Shortlist

  • Belfast Photo Festival & Quilter Cheviot Ltd
  • Culture Night Belfast & Bank of Ireland
  • Culture Night Belfast & Power NI
  • EastSide Arts & Translink
  • PLACE & Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Snow Water/ Atlantic Sessions & Proximo
  • Young At Art & Translink

Staff Engagement
Awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

Shortlist

  • Arts Care & Farrans Construction
  • Bounce Culture & Baker Tilly Mooney Moore
  • c21 Theatre Company & Doyle Shipping Group
  • Culture Night Belfast & Bank of Ireland
  • Millennium Forum & Ulster Bank

New Sponsor
Awarded to a business that has developed a new partnership with the arts to meet its business objectives.

Shortlist

  • Arts Care & Farrans Construction
  • Belfast Photo Festival & Quilter Cheviot Ltd
  • Bounce Culture & Baker Tilly Mooney Moore
  • Culture Night Belfast & Power NI
  • Grand Opera House & Phoenix Natural Gas
  • Replay Theatre Company & Translink

Long-Term Partnership
Awarded to a partnership maintained for over 3 years and continuing to set standards in creative arts-business collaborations.

Shortlist

  • Culture Night Belfast & Belfast Harbour
  • Replay Theatre Company & Firefly by Leckey
  • Sestina Music & Exitex Ltd
  • Ulster Orchestra & JTI
  • Young At Art & Translink

Arts Board Member of the Year
Awarded to an individual who, in a voluntary capacity, has added outstanding benefit to an arts organisation in a governance role, perhaps through a formal professional development placement such as Board Bank or Young Professionals on Arts Boards.

Shortlist

  • The Black Box, Colette Norwood
  • Kabosh, Richard Ross
  • Sestina Music, Jim Kelley
  • The John Hewitt Society, Tony Kennedy
  • The MAC, Joe O’Neill
  • Ulster Youth Orchestra, David Smyth

Cultural Fundraiser of the Year

Shortlist and Winner announced on the night of the Awards

Arts Award

Shortlist and Winner announced on the night of the Awards

Business of the Year Award

Shortlist and Winner announced on the night of the Awards

The 2019 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards judging panel: Back row: Eoghan McKenna, MSM law; Gemma Bond, Power NI; Sean McCready, Doyle Shipping Group and Stephen Dunlop, Open House. Front row (seated): Rachel Cleary, Danske Bank; Helen Hutchinson, Allianz (Awards Sponsor); Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel) and Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust. Also on the judging panel was Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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