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Shortlist unveiled for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019

Thursday 8th November 2018 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Allianz Arts & Business NI 2019 Awards judging panel Image: The Allianz Arts & Business NI 2019 Awards judging panel

The 2019 shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards has been revealed.

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 & 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.

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

Allianz Community Art Award
Shortlist and Winner announced on the night of the Awards

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