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Winners announced at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020

16 Jan 2020

Winners announced at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020

The Lyric, Belfast once again played host to over 250 guests recently for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020. The awards sponsored for the fourteenth year in a row by Allianz, celebrates the rich creativity and pioneering partnerships between the worlds of business and the Arts here in Northern Ireland.

Dr Wendy Austin, MBE compered the ceremony during which Awards were announced across ten categories. Those shortlisted and winning arts-business partnership Awards are a spectacular reflection of how rich creative collaborations can deliver meaningful benefits for both sectors. Among the speakers on the evening was Tracy Meharg, the Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities and Ciaran Scullion from the Arts Council of NI.

The Allianz Arts & Business NI Business of the Year Award 2020 and the Allianz Arts & Business NI Arts Organisation of the Year Award 2020 were among the leading awards presented on the evening. The Allianz Arts & Business NI Business of the Year Award 2020 went to A & L Goodbody for excelling in integrating arts and culture through its business working in partnership with the Lyric Theatre and Belfast Exposed. The Allianz Arts & Business NI Arts Organisation of the Year Award 2020 was won by Book Trust NI. The Arts Award comes with a cheque from Allianz for £3,000.

Susan Picken from Cathedral Quarter Trust won the Allianz Arts & Business NI Arts Innovator of the Year Award 2020 for her leadership on Culture Night which has become a hugely successful and inclusive event, growing to include Culture Day and working with new partners.

The Allianz Community Art Award is chosen by Allianz NI staff and funds an arts initiative within a local community. Holy Evangelists’ Primary School was the 2020 recipient of the Allianz Community Art Award and the associated cheque of £2,000.

The awards pieces presented to the winners on the evening were designed and created by local contemporary Irish goldsmiths Martin Cameron and Laura Breen, who are based in Randalstown, Co. Antrim.

There was a clear message of support for the Arts from business leaders at the event. Presenting the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020, Seán McGrath, CEO, Allianz, highlighted the importance of the arts sector to society and applauded the commitment of businesses to the sector:
“Once again, this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards have highlighted how successful collaboration between arts organisations and businesses benefit not only those involved in the partnership but reach deep in society in Northern Ireland,” said Seán McGrath, Allianz CEO. “I sincerely congratulate all those nominated for awards, and the winners.”

“The relationships forged through the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards deliver cultural and social benefit to communities across Northern Ireland which enrich the societies we live in.”

In addition to financial support for the Arts, business people who are giving their time and advice to support the Arts were also acknowledged. Jim McKeever, Queen Street Studios received the Allianz Arts & Business NI Inspirational Trustee Award 2020, whilst Barry Desmond from Alexander Boyd Displays was the recipient of the Allianz Arts & Business NI Business Individual of the Year Award 2020 for driving a strong collaboration with Belfast Photo Festival since 2017, including providing in kind support and attending key events with the Festival team.

Commenting at the Awards, Martin Bradley MBE, Chair of Arts & Business NI said:
“I would like to thank Allianz for its incredible investment in these Awards over the past 14 years. This important event celebrates arts and business partnership whilst showcasing how the Arts are essential to the health and vitality of our place, cities and communities. Thank you to the NI businesses for their investment and support for the Arts. We encourage new business partnerships with the Arts and invite any businesses interested to come and talk to us at Arts & Business NI.”

Event partners included the Lyric Theatre and Bounce Culture. DJ Kwa Daniels, CEO and founder of Bounce Culture, directed the performances at the event, showcasing the theme of Mix the City. A group of 12 young dancers from Ajendance energetically improvised onstage to loops played by Kwa Daniels. ‘Belfast Pastoral’, a stunning poem penned by Belfast poet Emma Must, was performed by HIVE Choir, a vocal ensemble based in Belfast. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a high energy finale with Belfast composer Conor Mitchell of Belfast Ensemble conducting a live remix of Mix the City in its deconstructed form. It featured Belfast Mix the City musicians Arco String Quartet, Kaidi Tatham, No Oil Paintings, Rick Swann on trumpet and Katie Richardson on vocals. Other entertainment included Brazilian duo the Utropics and DJ DefCon.

Department for Communities Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg said:
“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase the very best partnerships developed over the past year and to acknowledge the achievements of the growing number of mutually beneficial partnerships between local business and arts organisations.
“Not only do arts organisations need private sector support, but arts organisations can offer businesses real and cost effective business solutions.
“Partnership working is a key element of how government, arts organisations and business work together to ensure that we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Commenting on the Awards, Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, noted that it has been another strong year for arts and business partnerships, adding:
“In a challenging funding environment, artists and arts organisations have found themselves turning increasingly to wider sources of income and support. In local businesses they have found partners who understand the value of innovation and creativity. A clear picture has emerged of the mutual benefits of such partnerships, from investment and skills sharing, to enhanced brand recognition and greater opportunities for public engagement, marketing and promotion,” Roisin concluded.

Other Awards presented on the evening included the Allianz Arts & Business NI Creative Community Engagement (Winners: Big Telly Theatre Company & Enniskillen BID), Allianz Arts & Business NI Cultural Branding Award (Winners: Belfast Photo Festival & Alexander Boyd Displays); Allianz Arts & Business NI Creative Workplace Award (Winners: Tinderbox & Citi), and the Allianz Arts & Business NI New Sponsor Award (Winners: Cathedral Quarter Trust & Power NI).

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 Winners.

The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are sponsored by Allianz. The partnership is now in
its fourteenth year There were ten award categories. Detailed below are all categories,
shortlisted, highly commended and winners:

1. Creative Community Engagement
Awarded to a partnership where the business uses the power of the arts to develop innovative and dynamic new connections with the wider community.

Shortlist:
Belfast Photo Festival & Bywater
Big Telly Theatre Company & Enniskillen BID
BookTrust NI & Belfast International Airport
EastSide Arts & Connswater Shopping Centre
Replay Theatre Company & Translink
Ulster Orchestra & JTI

WINNER: Big Telly Theatre & Enniskillen BID

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Replay Theatre Company & Translink

2. Cultural Branding
Awarded to a partnership where arts and culture is embedded in the identity of a business, reinforcing brand value and enabling the business to differentiate itself in a crowded marketplace and/or to connect with target markets creatively.

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
Belfast Photo Festival & Alexander Boyd Displays
Cathedral Quarter Trust & Translink
Lyric Theatre & A&L Goodbody

WINNER: Belfast Photo Festival & Alexander Boyd Displays


3. Creative Workplace
Awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
Belfast Exposed & A&L Goodbody
BookTrust NI & Belfast International Airport
Tinderbox & Citi

WINNER: Tinderbox & Citi


4. New Sponsor
Awarded to a business that has developed a new partnership with the arts to meet its business objectives.

Shortlist:
ArtsEkta & Sensata
BookTrust NI & Belfast International Airport
Cinemagic & Hagan Homes
Cathedral Quarter Trust & Power NI
NI Opera & Belfast Harbour
Tinderbox & Citi
Young At Art & Destination CQ BID

WINNER: Cathedral Quarter Trust & Power NI

HIGHLY COMMENDED: ArtsEkta & Sensata

5. Inspirational Trustee
Awarded to an individual who, in a voluntary capacity, has added outstanding benefit to an arts organisation in a governance role, perhaps through a formal professional development placement such as Board Bank or Young Professionals on Arts Boards

Shortlist:
Adam Knight, Dance Resource Base
Jane Mooney, Dance Resource Base
Jim McKeever, QSS
Ken Sterrett, Seacourt Print Workshop
Richard Whan, thrive

WINNER: Jim McKeever, QSS

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ken Sterrett, Seacourt Print Workshop


6. Business Individual of the Year
Awarded to a person who had led within their organisation to adopt an innovative approach to solving a business challenge.

Shortlist:
Barry Desmond, Alexander Boyd Displays
Helen McKee, Citi
Julie Thompson, KPMG

WINNER: Barry Desmond, Alexander Boyd Displays

7. Arts Innovator
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to an arts organisation through their innovative way of working with a business.

Shortlist:
Jenny Elliott, Arts Care
Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust
Patrick O'Reilly, Tinderbox

WINNER: Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust


8. Arts Organisation of the Year
Awarded to the arts organisation which has consistently looked to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to business partnership. Allianz will present the winner with a cheque for £3,000.

Shortlist:
BookTrust NI
Cinemagic
Replay Theatre Company
Tinderbox

WINNER: BookTrust NI

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cinemagic

9. Business of the Year Award
Awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating Arts & Culture throughout different facets of its business strategy.

Shortlist:
A&L Goodbody
Alexander Boyd Displays
Citi
Translink
Ulster Carpets

WINNER: A&L Goodbody

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alexander Boyd Displays

10. Allianz Community Art Award
Awarded to the winner of the Allianz staff Community Art Award (nominated and chosen by Allianz NI staff).

WINNER: Holy Evangelists' Primary School £2,000

RUNNER UP:
Belfast Community Circus School £500
East Antrim University of the Third Age £500

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 Judging Panel:

• Mary Nagele, CEO Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel)
• Katrien Roppe, FinTrU
• Heather Quigg, PwC
• Shauna Graham, Willis Towers Watson
• Mark Case, WhiteNoise
• Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah
• Kieran Gilmore, Open House

Award Pieces designed and created by Cameron and Breen.

Martin Cameron and Laura Breen, contemporary Irish goldsmiths based in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, founded Cameron and Breen in 2018 after having both graduated from the University of Ulster Belfast School of Art. They have received awards from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths London for their work, and a combined interest in sculptural silversmithing has influenced their joint transition into couture jewellery. This commission was supported by JTI.

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