Business to Arts Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The 29th Business to Arts Awards Shortlist showcases a diverse range of partnerships across Ireland, many of which have evolved significantly due to Covid-19. The Awards recognise industry-leading creative partnerships. The shortlist includes best-practice in sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, philanthropy, CSR initiatives and community engagement with the arts.

We congratulate the short-listed nominations in each category, which are…

Best Large Sponsorship supported by Arthur Cox
1. An Post Irish Book Awards
2. Davy & National Concert Hall
3. Dublin Port Company and axis Ballymun for ‘The Pumphouse Presents’
4. Zurich & National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery for ‘Zurich Portrait Prize &
Zurich Young Portrait Prize’

Best Small Sponsorship 
1. Aerogen & Druid
2. ESB Energy for Generations Fund & Cork International Film Festival with Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
3. Gurranabraher Credit Union & Sample-Studios for ‘PhotoGo’
4. Medtronic & Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Best Long Term Partnership supported by The Irish Times
1. An Post Irish Book Awards
2. Ecclesiastical & Wexford Festival Opera for ‘Ecclesiastical Volunteer of the Year Award’
3. ESB & National Gallery of Ireland for ‘ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art’
4. Zurich & National Gallery of Ireland with Crawford Art Gallery for ‘Zurich Portrait Prize &
Zurich Young Portrait Prize’

Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life
1. An Post & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘ImagineNation’
2. ESB Energy for Generations Fund & Cork International Film Festival with Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery for ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Intinn’
3. Flogas & Galway International Arts Festival with John Gerrard for ‘Mirror Pavilion’
4. The Digital Hub & Dublin Dance Festival with the Selina Thompson Company for ‘The Missy Elliott Project’

Best Use of Creativity in the Workplace supported by ESB
1. Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Christopher Steenson for ‘On Chorus’
2. KPMG & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘KPMG BOLD GIRLS meets 20×20’
3. Publicis Dublin & Fishamble
4. Walkers Ireland & Kate Nolan for ‘Walkers Photographer-in-Residence’

Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice
1. Accenture & Paul Harrison for ‘Quinquaginta’ and Fuchsia MacAree for ‘Fierce Determination’
2. Chartered Land & Rachel Joynt for ‘Keepsake’
3. Dublin Port Company and Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail & Fishamble for ‘Embargo’
4. IPUT & Leah Hewson for ‘Abiding Traces’

Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts supported by the Arts Council
1. Lauritzson Foundation & Royal Irish Academy of Music
2. Naughton Foundation & Museum of Literature Ireland
3. Science Foundation Ireland & National Concert Hall
4. Taylor Art Trust & RDS

Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture
1. Children’s Books Ireland for partnerships with An Post, Brown Bag Films, Community
Foundation for Ireland, Ecclesiastical, KPMG, Rethink Ireland and William Fry
2. Cork International Film Festival for partnerships with The Gate Cinemas, EBS Energy for
Generations Fund, Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery
3. National Concert Hall for partnerships with Davy, Grant Thornton and Science Foundation
Ireland
4. National Gallery of Ireland for partnerships with ESB and Zurich

The following award will also be presented at the Awards ceremony:
Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Bursary for Artists

We hope you can join us to support and celebrate the above shortlist at the Business to ArtsAwards ceremony, which will be broadcast from the GPO, on Wednesday, 21st April 2021 at 5pm. RSVP here to receive online access details to watch this year’s ceremony.

You can watch highlights from the 2019 ceremony here.

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