Andrew Hetherington Chief Exec of Business to Arts, Sean McGrath CEO Allianz Ireland and ballet dancer Kerrie Patten at the launch of the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Award
Business to Arts and Allianz have launched the call for nominations from Tipperary businesses for the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, which celebrate the unique opportunities that business engagement with the arts provides.
The Awards, now in their 27th year, recognise outstanding examples of business, arts and arts organisations working together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, training and events, staff programmes, CSR initiatives and community engagement.
Commenting on the awards CEO of Allianz Ireland Sean McGrath said: “We are privileged to support the 27th Business to Arts Awards which represent the importance of co-creation and relationship building between businesses and the arts community across Ireland. Allianz has always been a strong advocate of creative partnerships between corporate and arts groups and it’s most inspiring to see the diversity and calibre of business-supported arts initiatives continue to flourish year after year. We look forward to seeing what this year’s award nominations have in store and encourage interested businesses and arts groups throughout the country to get involved.”
In our 18th year with @businesstoarts we are delighted to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards! Share the story of your creative partnership... https://t.co/oY042mj0te #ABtoAAwards pic.twitter.com/KGLW1DEV8T— Allianz Ireland (@AllianzIreland) March 15, 2018
There are 10 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentoring, training and staff programs.
Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said: “The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise best practice creative partnerships between businesses and the arts. In 2018, Business to Arts celebrate our 30thAnniversary and during this special year, it is vital to celebrate the best relationships that set new standards for arts and businesses. We look forward to reading you narrative.
Over recent years, an increasing number of corporate organisations are turning to creativity and the arts to help communicate social and environmental issues. As funding patterns continue to evolve in the cultural sector we look forward to celebrating and recognising world-class partnerships at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sept 4th.”
This year also sees the 11th year of the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Bursary, which is open to emerging artist(s) in any art form. Previous winners include Irish Times Irish Theatre Award nominee Clare Monnelly (theatre), pianist Máire Carroll (music), ballet dancer Gearóid Solan (dance) & sculptor Alva Gallagher (visual art).
To apply visit www.businesstoarts.ie.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday, May 8th 2018 at 5pm.