Shortlist Announced for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020

The shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 has been announced.

The partnerships within the 2020 shortlist reflect the strong collaborations and creative partnerships that there are between the private sector and the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland.

Sean McGrath CEO of Allianz, who have been Principal Sponsor of the Awards for fourteen years, commented: “We are inspired by the scale and diversity of the finalists in this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards. 2019 sees the arts and business community work together to enrich life both culturally and economically. Literature, built environment, design, dance, theatre, film, music and visual art are all represented through both new and long-term partnerships between Northern Ireland’s arts and business organisations. Also, greater community involvement and an ever-increasing outreach are truly welcomed as the benefits of corporate and cultural collaboration are alive and well and enjoyed across Northern Ireland.”
Chair of the judging panel Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI said: “Once again the standard and number of entries was incredibly high. This is a testament to the flourishing partnerships that exist between the private sector and cultural sector in Northern Ireland. We thank Allianz for its continued support of these important Awards which are such a vital platform to showcase and celebrate these creative collaborations.”

Photo by Aaron McCracken – The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 judging panel: back row: Mark Case, WhiteNoise; Heather Quigg, PwC; Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah and Shauna Graham, Willis Towers Watson. Front row (seated): Katrien Roppe, FinTrU; Kieran Gilmore, Open House; Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel) and Ruth Hawkins, Allianz.

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 though integrating arts and culture through different facets of its business strategy. The Business Individual of the Year and Arts Innovator Awards will acknowledge individuals who have led an innovative approach within their organisations to arts and business collaboration.

The Arts Organisation of the Year Award, worth £3,000, is presented to a local arts organisation which has consistently sought to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to business partnership. Allianz staff in Northern Ireland will select the winner of the Allianz Community Arts Award; the winner will be presented with a prize fund of £2,000.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented “The annual Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are a welcome opportunity to raise the profile of the increasing number of local businesses that are choosing to form highly productive partnerships with arts organisations. This is an exciting and innovative area of development for both sectors. As we continue to discover, when the worlds of arts and business come together, they can add a significant new dimension to each other’s work.”
The winners will be announced at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony in January 2020 and in a supplement in the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday 21 January 2020.
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The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are sponsored by Allianz. The partnership is now in its fourteenth year

There are ten categories:

1. Creative Community Engagement
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:
Belfast Photo Festival & Bywater
Big Telly Theatre & Enniskillen BID
BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
EastSide Arts & Connswater Shopping Centre
Replay Theatre Co & Translink
Ulster Orchestra & JTI

2. Cultural Branding
Awarded to a partnership where arts and culture is embedded in the identity of a business, reinforcing brand value and enabling the business to differentiate itself in a crowded marketplace and/or to connect with target markets creatively.

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
Belfast Photo Festival & Alexander Boyd Displays
Culture Night Belfast & Translink
Lyric Theatre & A&L Goodbody

3. Creative Workplace
Awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
Belfast Exposed & A&L Goodbody
BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
Tinderbox & Citi

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

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
Cinemagic & Hagan Homes
Culture Night Belfast & Power NI
NI Opera & Belfast Harbour
Tinderbox & Citi
Young At Art & Destination CQ BID

5. Inspirational Trustee
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:
Adam Knight, Dance Resource Base
Jane Mooney, Dance Resource Base
Jim McKeever, QSS
Ken Sterrett, Seacourt Print Workshop
Richard Whan, thrive

6. Business Individual of the Year
Awarded to a person who had led within their organisation to adopt an innovative approach to solving a business challenge.

Shortlist:
Barry Desmond, Alexander Boyd Displays
Helen McKee, Citi
Julie Thompson, KPMG

7. Arts Innovator
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to an arts organisation through their innovative way of working with a business.

Shortlist:
Jenny Elliott, Arts Care
Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust
Patrick O’Reilly, Tinderbox

8. Arts Organisation of the Year
Awarded to the arts organisation which has consistently looked to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to business partnership. Allianz will present the winner with a cheque for £3,000.

Shortlist:
BookTrust NI
Cinemagic
Replay
Tinderbox

9. Business of the Year Award
Awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating Arts & Culture throughout different facets of its business strategy.

Shortlist:
A&L Goodbody
Alexander Boyd Displays
Citi
Translink
Ulster Carpets

10. Allianz Community Art Award
Awarded to the winner of the Allianz staff Community Art Award (nominated and chosen by Allianz NI staff). Shortlist and winner announced on the evening of the Awards ceremony. Allianz will present the winner with a cheque for £2,000.

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 Judging panel were:

  • Mary Nagele, CEO Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel)
  • Katrien Roppe, FinTrU
  • Heather Quigg, PwC
  • Shauna Graham, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Case, WhiteNoise
  • Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah
  • Kieran Gilmore, Open House

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 NI is a registered charity. The Registered Charity Number is XT31864.
Arts & Business Northern Ireland’s principal funder is the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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