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2019 Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards Shortlist

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.”

The 2019 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards judging panel: Back row: Eoghan McKenna, MSM law; Gemma Bond, Power NI; Sean McCready, Doyle Shipping Group and Stephen Dunlop, Open House. Front row (seated): Rachel Cleary, Danske Bank; Helen Hutchinson, Allianz (Awards Sponsor); Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel) and Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust. Also on the judging panel was Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore. Photo by Aaron McCracken

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 full shortlist can be viewed here.

The winners will be revealed at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony in January 2019.