Business Events

Business Member Events

  • Director Connector 04.10.18

    Fancy a new challenge?                                                 
    Thursday 4 October 2018 at 5.15pm
    at Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF

    Join us at a networking event where our Board Bank and Young Professionals programme alumni will share their experiences of volunteering on the board of an Arts organisation. Speakers and a guided panel discussion will compare and contrast the different challenges and triumphs our alumni have faced in their roles, as well as how they have benefitted personally and professionally from their experiences. 

    Give back, learn, network, develop your CV, meet new people, have fun

    We will be having nibbles and drinks and then, to finish off our evening, we will hear about the Late Night Art scheme and will go for a wander together to see what is on offer in our city centre galleries.

    If you have been through our programmes already or if you would be interested in hearing more about them, for yourself or for your staff, just register attendance by email to Sarah at: s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

    https://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/business/our-talent-development-programmes

  • Cinemagic Festival Oct 2018

    Cinemagic Festival
    Arts Uncovered
    Date TBC

    Our wonderful friends at Cinemagic are running their children’s film festival again in October and we will join them to celebrate another exciting programme of family-friendly films.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Choose Wisely and Spend Well 28.11.18

    How to choose and manage an Arts partner – An A&B NI business member event

    28 November 2018 8.30am-10am

    The Moreland Room, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office

    Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL

    When you want to take a more creative approach to your business strategy and have allocated a budget, how should you go about selecting an arts organisation and crafting your next steps together?

    Join us to hear from experienced business members who have already been there, done that and done it well. Learn how to choose a partner, make a plan, get started and keep your project on track.

    The purpose of this event is to provide practical guidance for our business guests as to how best to choose and work with an arts partner to ensure outcomes correlate with business objectives, delivering maximum and measurable impact.

    It is anticipated that this will be a very practical session with speakers sharing their experiences of pitfalls to avoid, questions which they wished they had asked at the outset and learnings/recommendations.

    Breakfast provided. 

    RSVP by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

  • Arts Uncovered - 06.12.18

    Arts Uncovered - Christmas
    Date 6 December 2018
    Venue Golden Thread Gallery

    A relaxed get-together for our business members to get in the mood for Christmas. Join us for a mince pie and a glass of something warming as we enjoy the seasonal arts and crafts market and a tour of the gallery.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019 24.01.19

    Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019
    Thursday 24th January 2019
    Venue to be revealed

    This is the big one, the highlight of the year, so polish your sequins and practice your surprised face in case your business is one of our winners. At Arts & Business NI we know how to throw a party and with over 100 arts organisations in our membership we are spoiled for choice when it comes to top quality entertainment. We like to celebrate our business and arts partnerships in style so let us put some sparkle into your January.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Business Breakfast - Staff Engagement March 2019

    Business Breakfast - Staff Engagement
    Date TBC - March 2019
    Venue TBC

    Join us for breakfast as we hear from thought leaders on the benefits of including staff engagement in your business plan and how to choose the right opportunities for your organisation.

    RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Advanced Board Membership Course

    Advanced Board Membership Course
    28th February 1pm-5pm
    Arts & Business NI

    The role of a Board Member is a complex one and there are many responsibilities that go with accepting a Board placement. This course takes experienced Board members through their roles and responsibilities and current good practice.

     RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Live Sponsorship Opportunities & Niche Networking

    Live Sponsorship Opportunities & Niche Networking
    14th March
    Venue TBC

    Come and hear about some of the amazing creative projects your business could be involved with and talk directly to the arts organisations who can bring them to life for you.

     RSVP to Sarah s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Arts Uncovered 29.03.19

     

    Arts Uncovered
    Date 29 March 2019
    Void, Patrick Street, Derry

    Join us for the next in our Arts Uncovered series: informal, behind the scenes style events which give you the opportunity to find out more about arts organisations and activities you might not have experienced before.

    The curatorial staff of Void will give our guests an introduction to the gallery while we enjoy a light lunch before guiding us through the current exhibition Opened Ground, which topically explores the experience of borders.

    Reserve your place by email to Sarah at s.mackey@artsandbusinessni.org.uk 

  • Trust & Foundation Symposium 2019

    06/02/2019

    Riddel Hall Belfast

    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. 

    Reach Out

    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.

    Photo left to right: Mary Nagele, CEO – Arts & Business NI, Jessica Warner, Programme Manager - The Wolfson Foundation,  Lou Errington, Grants Manager - Paul Hamlyn Foundation, James Magowan, Northern Ireland Development Officer - Association of Charitable Foundations,  Clare Beavan, Foundation Manager – DWF Foundation, Valerie Ingram, Executive Director - Ulster Garden Villages,   Sinéad Tierney, Freelance Assessor - BBC Children in Need, Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature – Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Photo Credit – Aaron McCracken Photography.

     

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Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.