Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015 Shortlist announced
Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz and Mary Trainor-Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI
It’s that time of year and the office is buzzing with excitement as Arts & Business Northern Ireland reveals the eagerly awaited shortlist in nine categories for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015. A wide array of projects, organisations and individuals make up the 2015 shortlist. These partnerships represent a diverse section of the business community ranging from energy and health providers to hoteliers and shopping centres. Similarly diverse are the shortlisted art forms ranging from photography and magic to music and theatre all proving when commerce and culture collide amazing things happen.
Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz remarked: “Yet again this year’s submissions pay testimony to the extremely important part that arts and culture play in business and in our community. These partnerships reflect the true benefits that derive from innovative engagement. Congratulations to all the very worthy projects who made the shortlist and we look forward to an exciting Allianz Arts & Business NI Award Ceremony in 2015.”
On the business side the awards pay tribute to a total of 29 shortlisted partnerships all jostling for first prize in six awards categories.
Four well deserving local persons have been shortlisted for the prestigious Arts Board Member of the Year Award. This is annually awarded to an individual who, in a voluntary capacity, has added outstanding benefit to an arts organisation in a governance role.
The serious job of shortlisting innovative and creative partnerships between local businesses and arts sector is no mean feat. This task rested with six judges assembled from both spheres, chaired by Actor, Playwright and A&B NI Board Member, Dan Gordon.
Mary Trainor-Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI commented: “Shortlisting for the Awards is always a very difficult task and all partnerships are to be commended for working together on such imaginative, innovative and creative projects. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Allianz for their continued support which is invaluable and critical in helping A&B NI inspire and celebrate inspiring partnerships between the worlds of commerce and culture. Thanks must also go to the judges for giving their time and in particular their expertise in helping to produce a superb shortlist.”
A total of 16 arts organisations were shortlisted for the Arts Award which is accompanied with a cash prize of £3,000 and sponsored by Allianz.
Nick Livingston, Director of Strategic Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said “The Arts Council is delighted to support the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards and commends all of those shortlisted businesses who have invested in our vibrant arts and cultural sector. It is pleasing to witness the ever-increasing number of businesses which recognise the benefits the creative arts can bring to their organisation. The sharing of knowledge, experience and skills through A&B NI, delivers significant advantages to both sectors, helping all to succeed and prosper.”
Business of the Year Award, Arts Award and Allianz Community Art Prize shortlist and winners announced on the evening of the Awards.
The winners will be revealed at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony on Wednesday 21st January 2015.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015 Judging Panel
Dan Gordon, Actor, Playwright and A&B NI Board Member (Chair)
Adrian Beattie, Director of Public Relations, Navigator Blue
Dorcas Crawford, Senior Partner, Edwards & Co. Solicitors
Jackie Entwistle, Strata Marketing
Claire Flynn, Senior Public Affairs Consultant, Stratagem
Symon Ross, Business Journalist, BBC NI
Artist Ursula Burke, who has been commissioned to create this year's Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards pieces. Awards pieces commission supported by JTI
Further information on the winners and highly commended partnerships will be available at www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk from 22 January 2015
A supplement will also appear in the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday 27 January 2015
For further media enquiries and images please contact:
Colleen Murray, External Relations Manager, Arts & Business NI on 028 9073 5154 or 07973 418 864 firstname.lastname@example.org