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Our seventh annual Arts & Business Northern Ireland Trusts & Foundations Symposium took place on Wednesday 6th February 2019 in Riddel Hall, Belfast. Eight Trusts & Foundations attended including representatives from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Halifax Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, Ulster Garden Villages, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and joining us for the first year, DWF Foundation.
Follow Up Follow Through
At the morning plenary we heard from James Magowan, Northern Ireland Development Officer at Association of Charitable Foundations who offered key advice 'Follow up. Follow through.' Lou Errington from The Paul Hamlyn foundation urged Arts organisations in Northern Ireland to ensure to submit their funding applications Clare Beavan introduced the DWF Foundation, founded from DWF LLP a multinational law firm headquartered in Manchester with 27 offices across the world.
Time to recalibrate
Damian Smyth represented the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and pointed out that the spending on Arts per head per capita in Northern Ireland is £5.37 whereas in other parts of the U. K. this figure rises to £10.58 per person, he highlighted the need to recalibrate to increase this figure for Arts in Northern Ireland moving forward. The morning plenary concluded with a question and answer session addressing NI arts organisation’s main concerns, including the ability to apply to Trusts & Foundations to cover core costs. Trusts & Foundations highlighted that applicants must bear in mind that they are also charitable organisations, therefore they share in some of the issues that small Arts organisations face such as dealing with a limited amount of staff.
There was also a strong emphasis placed on the importance of forging a strong funder-applicant relationship and the necessity to communicate, update and clarify before applying. Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager at Arts & Business NI reiterated that Arts & Business supports members in their applications to Trusts & Foundations with the understanding that time constraints play a huge role in application rates, therefore she encouraged Arts members to avail of the resources provided in the member only section of the Arts & Business NI website and reach out for support while crafting and refining applications.
Access and communicate
In the afternoon ninety-six knee-to-knee funding surgeries took place with our Arts Members personally meeting the Trusts & Foundations. Our inaugural Trusts & Foundations Symposium Business Exhibitors were in attendance, including Edwards & Co, Forde Campbell Law, Millar McCall Wylie and Whitenoise who provided helpful advice and services to Arts members throughout the day.
University of Ulster
As a key theme of Belfast City Council’s Cultural Framework for Belfast 2012-2020, Strengthening the Sector aims to help develop the capacity and confidence of the cultural sector. Belfast City Council has committed to supporting skills, leadership development and learning opportunities across the city. As part of the Belfast Agenda and as a strategic partner within the Cultural Framework, Arts & Business NI has worked to develop the Creating Futures which is delivered with the Ulster University Business School.
An Induction day was held at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre on 22nd January 2019 and provided participants with the overview and expectations of the year long course, along with a session on study skills and practical application for assignments.
The programme delivery team includes lecturers within the Ulster University Business School, leading guest experts in the fields of strategy, leadership, governance, fundraising, culture and arts. Participants will also undertake structured peer-to-peer learning, and receive support from senior business mentors. Belfast City Council has invested enabling up to ten participants to take part throughout 2019. Creating Futures is a strategic development initiative for senior managers in a leadership role within their organisation, who have significant budgetary and people management experience gained in a senior management role over a number of years.
Creating Futures is an innovative learning opportunity for the cultural sector taking place within the University of Ulster Business School. The provides the opportunity for participants to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (one third of an MSc in Executive Leadership), develop a relevant business plan and enhance the overall performance of their organisations.
Creating the Future, Module One of the Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership commenced at The University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus on 12th February 2019. Module Two Leading Change, Innovation & Transformation will begin in Dublin on 28th March. The final modules; Strategic Financial Management and Leading for the Future will take place at University of Ulster, Belfast Campus in May and August respectively, and Graduation will be celebrated in December 2019.
Back Row left to right: Brian Mullan, CEO of Replay Theatre Company, Michael Bonner, Marketing & Admin - Moving On Music, Eileen Branagh, CEO/Artistic Director - Open Arts, Amberlea Neely, Acting Director - PLACE, Alissa Kleist, Co-Director - Household Belfast, Julianne Skillen, Development Manager - Community Arts Partnership, Stephen Kelly, Creative Director - C21 Theatre Company. Front row right to left: Michael Weir, Director - Belfast Photo Festival, Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager – Arts & Business NI, Janette Sheerman, Course Director – University of Ulster, Sara Gunn-Smith, Marketing & Audiences Officer - Film Hub NI. Credit: Aaron McCracken Photography.
Belfast Exposed Photography
Creative Staff Engagement Business Breakfast
At our recent Creative Staff Engagement business breakfast in Belfast Exposed Gallery, 50 guests heard from business leaders who have seen the advantages of taking a broader view in relation to engaging and developing their staff through creative partnerships.
Collaborations which have enabled the businesses to
Local singer songwriter Aidan Logan played original music whilst our guests enjoyed breakfast, before we heard from our inspirational speakers.
Sean McCready MD at Doyle Shipping Group shared some of his exciting collaborations with c21 Theatre Company. Knowing that his staff interact with customers who have disabilities on a daily basis – and that two staff members have children with disabilities themselves – Sean made a strategic decision to address the area and the issues around it. He had noticed some concerns among staff about the use of particular language and terminology around disability and arranged for them to take part in disability equality training.
Enlisting the help of his trusted long-term arts partner, c21 Theatre Company, allowed Sean to transform his vision into something exceptional. Together, they set about coming up with a way to use the medium of drama to educate and raise awareness about disability. With c21’s expertise, the partners produced a bespoke drama ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ about attitudes towards people with disabilities – performed predominantly by people with disabilities. c21 consulted with DSG staff on their experiences and incorporated them into the script. Initially performed at DSG’s offices, the show then toured to youth groups and schools across Northern Ireland as well as to one-off events hosted by Cedar Foundation and Disability Action NI.
According to Sean: ‘"It's not about putting thousands of £s into advertising, it's putting TIME into the community; supporting your staff to get properly & deeply involved".
This amazing project won the Allianz Arts & Business NI Staff Engagement Award 2019 at our ceremony in January.
Gerarda Morton, Legal Manager (Disputes) at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shared details of their new partnership with Belfast Ensemble, a truly innovative staff engagement project entitled ‘Intermezzo’. 20 members of staff will be taught an orchestral instrument for one year, working towards Grade One, offering HSF people the chance not just to develop skills in the musical arena, but also to develop soft skills that are equally complimentary to their legal career such as collaboration, commitment and creativity. In addition, the project will reinforce HSF’s focus on mental health and wellbeing amongst their staff.
Running alongside this, the HSF senior leadership team will receive conducting classes, where they will learn what it means to ‘lead without words’, focusing on non-verbal communication and connection skills, broadening and challenging their perspectives of leadership. The project will culminate in a public performance, where the Belfast Ensemble will be conducted by HSF senior leadership team, and will be joined by the 20 trainee instrumentalists.
Gerarda commented: ‘Like most businesses, we want to minimise turnover of our people. As business leaders, we have to face the fact that young people in today's market want more than just the 9-5pm office experience. As competition for good people strengthens, we firmly believe that our Arts and Business partnerships enhance the HSF working experience, and secure and enrich our future as a business.’
Nicola Laight, Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator at Farrans Construction told us about their exciting ‘InsideOutside’ project delivered with partner Arts Care, as part of Farrans’ corporate social responsibility under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. One of its key objectives was to address mental health and wellbeing on construction sites and in the wider community. The Arts Care artist-in-residence conducted workshops with 10 different groups which resulted in the creation of 50 large scale artworks which were displayed on the hoardings around the construction site. To engage with Farrans construction staff, Arts Care set up a table in the middle of the site where they could come during their tea break, explore how to make artworks and express how they felt about working there. “It was an environment where they were able to forget about everything and open up about mental health and stress,” says Nicola. “At first, they were apprehensive, but Bronagh (artist) facilitated things by making the process relevant to them and helping them to produce blueprints that related back to the construction site.”
It gave the staff involved a huge sense of achievement and pride to see their names up on the hoardings next to their artworks. One participant said that being given the opportunity to create a piece of artwork to display was like putting their own stamp on the building.
This project allowed Farrans to memorably engage their staff, stakeholder groups and the local community and won the Allianz Arts & Business NI Cultural Social Responsibility Award 2019.
Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive at Belfast Exposed, gave a brief introduction to Northern Ireland’s premier contemporary photography organisation and to the Arts Council of NI Photography Collection, on display within the gallery. We are very grateful to Belfast Exposed for extending this exhibition especially for our Creative Staff Engagement breakfast event.
If you would like to explore how you could introduce creative staff engagement into your organisation please speak to the Arts & Business NI team on 028 90735150 or email email@example.com. We will be happy to meet with you to understand your priorities and to recommend artistic partners and creative projects which will enable you to deliver your objectives in a unique, effective, unexpected way.
Join us for an event on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at the Arts & Business NI offices, 2 Paulett Avenue at 12.30 - 4.30pm.
This half-day workshop looks at best practice – and at the realities – of arts charity governance.
We’ll take a thorough look at the compliance requirements of being on a Board, covering roles and responsibilities plus managerial, legal and financial duties. But that’s only half of the picture. We’ll also discuss organisational performance, business models, income streams and what makes a Board/Board Member effective.
For: Trustees/Board Members or anyone who is considering joining a Board or would like refresher on the changing requirements
Cost: £25+VAT (Sandwich lunch included) Tickets available directly on Eventbrite via this link.
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.