Business to Arts awards calls for Kilkenny entries

The Awards champion businesses, artists and arts organisations across the country


Kilkenny Famine Experience sculpture by Ani Mollereau. MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre and Ani Mollereau are previous winners of the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Award for Best Commissioning Practice

Business to Arts have launched the call for Kilkenny nominations for the annual Business to Arts Awards to join previous local winners Junction Shopping Centre and Ani Mollereau, who won the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Award MacDonagh Best Commissioning Practice.

Cartoon Saloon and the Butler Gallery are also previous winners of the Business to Arts Awards for Best Mid-sized Sponsorship.

The Awards champion businesses, artists and arts organisations across the country that work together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning and CSR programmes, which involve creativity in the community and in the workplace. 

At the awards launch, Business to Arts encouraged businesses across Ireland to support the arts, strengthen their existing relationships with the cultural community and create meaningful partnerships at a time of critical need for the arts sector. Research conducted by Business to Arts in 2019 among corporate sponsors and arts organisations in Ireland revealed that:

·   Over €8.5 million was spent on arts, festival and music sponsorships between May 2018/2019

·   Of the arts sponsors surveyed in 2019, 41% reported that they would increase their spend in 2020.

Winners of the Business to Arts Awards provide leading examples that help inform others about the ways to support the arts sector in local communities during the pandemic.

This year will mark the 29th edition of the Business to Arts Awards and will include a Covid-19-adapted ceremony, which will take place in April 2021 and will be broadcast online from the GPO. Supporters of the Awards include Accenture, Arthur Cox, daa, Irish Life, The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealion, The Irish Times, TileStyle and An Post.   

There are 9 categories in total that focus on sponsorship, commissioning and CSR initiatives including creativity in the community and in the workplace. A new award recognising philanthropic giving has been announced in partnership with the Arts Council. The full list of categories are:

1.       Best Large Sponsorship (> €25,000) supported by Arthur Cox

2.       Best Small Sponsorship (< €25,000)

3.       Best Long Term Partnership (3 years or more) supported by The Irish Times

4.       Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life

5.       Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace

6.       Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

7.       Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by the Arts Council

8.       Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists

9.       Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, December 16 at 5pm. Go to awards for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

“As we re-open society, it is critical that we increase our advocacy with the private sector to support the arts community in towns and cities throughout Ireland," said Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts.Our Awards are our flagship programme to achieve this. The winners will demonstrate how businesses are supporting the arts during the pandemic and the many ways other businesses can do this.

"We welcome the supporters of the Business to Arts Awards this year. Their commitment reflects the belief in our mission to champion collaboration with Ireland’s arts community and encourage other business leaders to support the arts. We look forward to recognising the shortlisted and winning relationships in April in a Covid-19 appropriate awards ceremony.”

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