The shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 has been announced.
The partnerships within the 2020 shortlist reflect the strong collaborations and creative partnerships that there are between the private sector and the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland.
Sean McGrath CEO of Allianz, who have been Principal Sponsor of the Awards for fourteen years, commented: “We are inspired by the scale and diversity of the finalists in this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards. 2019 sees the arts and business community work together to enrich life both culturally and economically. Literature, built environment, design, dance, theatre, film, music and visual art are all represented through both new and long-term partnerships between Northern Ireland’s arts and business organisations. Also, greater community involvement and an ever-increasing outreach are truly welcomed as the benefits of corporate and cultural collaboration are alive and well and enjoyed across Northern Ireland.”
Chair of the judging panel Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI said: “Once again the standard and number of entries was incredibly high. This is a testament to the flourishing partnerships that exist between the private sector and cultural sector in Northern Ireland. We thank Allianz for its continued support of these important Awards which are such a vital platform to showcase and celebrate these creative collaborations.”
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 though integrating arts and culture through different facets of its business strategy. The Business Individual of the Year and Arts Innovator Awards will acknowledge individuals who have led an innovative approach within their organisations to arts and business collaboration.
The Arts Organisation of the Year Award, worth £3,000, is presented to a local arts organisation which has consistently sought to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to business partnership. Allianz staff in Northern Ireland will select the winner of the Allianz Community Arts Award; the winner will be presented with a prize fund of £2,000.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented “The annual Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are a welcome opportunity to raise the profile of the increasing number of local businesses that are choosing to form highly productive partnerships with arts organisations. This is an exciting and innovative area of development for both sectors. As we continue to discover, when the worlds of arts and business come together, they can add a significant new dimension to each other’s work.”
The winners will be announced at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony in January 2020 and in a supplement in the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday 21 January 2020.
To see the shortlist, please click here.