Shortlist revealed for Allianz Business to Arts Awards

The shortlist for the 24th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards has been announced today.

The awards, which will be presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys on 1 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, seek to recognise the importance of arts and business organisations working together on projects that impact the partners and benefit society as a whole.

“Looking at the breadth of the projects shortlisted this year, the importance and relevance of arts education is clear,” said Brendan Murphy, CEO of Allianz Ireland. “We’ve seen fantastic examples of companies leveraging their own knowledge and experience in business to help students from national schools, through secondary and into third level to learn through the arts, providing them with access, experiences and skills, in activities and situations that could never be replicated in the confines of a class room.”

“We’re seeing utilities, media, consulting and manufacturing companies coming to the fore on the shortlist, and in this the Year of Irish Design, strong examples of businesses engaging with the arts through design and craft in a celebratory way that instils creativity and imagination into society,” said Andrew Hetherington, chief executive of Business to Arts.

For the 24thd year, the award sculpture has been commissioned by DAA. This year’s award was created by Carlow-based sculptor Michelle Byrne.  “My design for the DAA commission for this year’s Allianz Business to Arts Award is a 35cm bronze tapering curved form,” said Byrne.  “The curved wall form makes reference to an unrolled map, depicting the fields and roads surrounding the Corballis Estate in the Collinstown area of north Co Dublin, the site of Dublin Airport today.”

The shortlist

Best Large Sponsorship – over €25,000 value

•         The Doyle Collection and Irish Design 2015

•         ESB and Feis Ceoil Association

•         Naughton Foundation and Royal Irish Academy – ‘Art and Architecture of Ireland’

•         Sky Arts/Sky Ireland and Rough Magic/Opera Theatre Company – ‘Sky Arts Ignition: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’


Best Small Sponsorship – €25,000 value and under

•         Brown Bag Films and Children’s Books Ireland – ‘Bookbag’

•         PwC and National College of Art and Design

•         Publicis Dublin and Fishamble: The New Play Company

•         Whyte and Sons Auctioneers and Pallas Projects/Studios


Best Long Term Partnership

•         Healy Group and Irish Chamber Orchestra

•         The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

•         Naughton Foundation and Royal Irish Academy – ‘Art and Architecture of Ireland’

•         Newbridge Silverware and National College of Art and Design

•         RTÉ and RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival


Best Use of Creativity in the Community

•         Bord Gáis Energy and BGE Student Theatre Awards

•         Central Bank of Ireland and National College of Art and Design

•         Mason Hayes and Curran and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

•         Matheson and National Gallery of Ireland


Best Creative Staff Engagement

•         ESB and Science Gallery Dublin

•         Graepel Metal Perforators and Weavers and Corcadorca / Eat My Noise

•         KPMG and St Michael’s House – ‘Multi-Sensory Stories’

•         Publicis Dublin and Fishamble: The New Play Company


Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

•         The Abbey Theatre and National College of Art and Design

•         Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council – ‘Dublin Ships’ by Cliona Harmey

•         ESB and Martin Gale – Commission for the 40th Anniversary of Turlough Hill

•         Press Up Entertainment Group and Inputout Creative Agency – The Dean Hotel Art Commission


Allianz Community Art Prize

•         Kids Classics – Wordplay

•         RADE – Recovery Through Art, Drama and Education

•         Super Paua – Aunty Ben


Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

•         ESB / Electric Ireland – for its partnerships with Clare Memory Orchestra; Electric Picnic; Feis Ceoil Association; Martin Gale; National Concert Hall; No. 29 The Georgian House Museum; Science Gallery Dublin

•         National College of Art and Design – for its partnerships with The Abbey Theatre; Central Bank of Ireland; Irish Life Group; Newbridge Silverware; PwC; TileStyle

•         TileStyle – for its partnerships with Bitter Like a Lemon; Business to Arts; Enda Cavanagh; Dulra Photography; Deirdre Kinahan; National Concert Hall; NCAD; ReCreate; Rua Red; Theatre Upstairs; This Then Theatre; Walking the Road