Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 are open!


Arts & Business Northern Ireland has launched the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards for 2020. The Awards celebrate the best examples of arts and business creative partnerships and the outstanding achievements of these collaborations throughout Northern Ireland. Arts & Business NI are encouraging entries from business and arts partnerships that took place between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.

Launching the Awards were Helen Hutchinson, Customer Relationship Executive, Allianz and Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI (photo credit: Aaron McCracken)

Six awards are open for entry with three additional Awards presented on the evening for Cultural Fundraiser of the Year, the Business of the Year and the Arts Award.

Business of the Year Award will be awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating Arts & Culture through different facets of its business strategy.

The Arts Award, worth £3,000 is presented to a local arts organisation which has consistently sought to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to a business partnership.

Allianz will present an additional Community Arts Award in the amount of £2,000, awarded to a local community project with a cultural emphasis which has been nominated by an Allianz staff member.

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


Cultural Social Responsibility
Awarded to a partnership where the business uses the power of the arts to develop innovative and dynamic new connections with the wider community.

Cultural Branding
Awarded to a partnership where culture and creativity is used in branding and marketing activity and is embedded in the identity of a business.

Staff Engagement
Awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

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

Long-Term Partnership
Awarded to a partnership maintained for over 3 years and continuing to set standards in creative arts-business collaborations.

Arts Board Member of the Year (separate application)
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.

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Deadline for completed nominations is noon, Friday 12th October 2018. 

The Awards ceremony for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards will be held in January 2019.

“The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are a vital platform to showcase and celebrate the increasing number of creative collaborations between the arts and business sectors in NI. Thank you to Allianz for their continued support as our principal sponsor of these important Awards.”

“Once again Allianz are very proud to be the title sponsor of these prestigious awards which recognise the positive collaborations between arts and business organisations. These valuable relationships bring benefit to the arts, to business and to communities and it is fantastic to see the creativity and effort put into each of the nominations.”

“Our two sectors have a great deal to offer each other. There is a range of good reasons why businesses might want to be associated with the creativity and innovation of the arts, and the arts sector certainly benefits from the investment and the business strength that these partnerships deliver. The Arts Council appreciates the generous commitment given to the arts by the local business community, indeed Allianz has recently committed to a further three years sponsorship of this particular event. We are delighted support these awards which celebrate and promote the successful and productive partnerships developed in Northern Ireland.”

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