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Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 - Awards Pieces Tender

30 Aug 2017

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 - Awards Pieces Tender


The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards celebrate the best in creative partnerships between the business and arts sectors in Northern Ireland.

This glittering annual ceremony is the Arts & Business NI flagship event of the year and always attracts an impressive cross-section of approximately 250 high profile people from the worlds of business, arts, media and government across Northern Ireland.

The Event

The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards:

Is Northern Ireland’s premier ceremony for promoting the best partnerships across all art forms and all business sector

Is the only celebration of arts and business partnerships in Northern Ireland

Aims to educate and inspire the business community of further opportunities available through partnerships with the arts, thereby promoting deeper, broader, long-term relationships 

Brings the business community together and provides a suitable opportunity for networking with both current and prospective Arts & Business NI members, media and Government representatives 

Provides an opportunity for the business community to meet Arts & Business NI staff and find out more about our range of programmes and services

Event Theme - Partnership

Our theme this year is Partnership. We connect our business and arts member network in original and unexpected ways with amazing results. We find new ways for businesses to grow and arts organisations to flourish.

The partnership theme invites us to explore not only the types of relationships that exist between arts and business organisations, but also the breadth and diversity of the Arts in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for artworks that reflect this theme; however the brief leaves it open for the artist to interpret partnership in their own way, and medium, based on the brief outlined below

Briefing Notes

  1. The award should be a high quality art piece interpreting the theme

  2. The award pieces should reflect the 3-way relationship between Arts & Business NI, Business and the Arts

  3. It should reflect the quality, creativity and style of the Allianz Arts & Business Awards event

  4. The piece must be suitable for display in a business office or boardroom

  5. The piece can be free standing or wall mounted

  6. The award should be sufficiently light-weight and compact, yet also robust, for the purpose of being handed from one person to another during the awards presentation

  7. The design should include a surface for engraving purposes

  8. It is essential that in addition to being functional, the pieces stand out as being unusual and imaginative pieces of art

  9. The design must be capable of being replicated 16 times (16 pieces are required) 

Awards Categories:

Cultural Engagement
Awarded to a partnership where the business uses the power of the arts to incorporate creativity and innovation into the workplace or to engage with the wider community (two pieces)

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 (two pieces)

New Sponsor
Awarded to a business who has developed a new partnership with the arts to meet its business objectives (two pieces)

Long-Term Partnership
Awarded to a partnership maintained for over 3 years and continuing to set standards in creative arts-business collaboration (two pieces)

Arts Board Member of the Year
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 (one piece)

Cultural Fundraiser of the Year
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to an arts organisation through their fundraising actions (one piece)

Arts Award
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 (one piece)

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

Allianz Community Art Award Piece
Awarded to the winner of the Allianz staff Community Art Award (one piece) 

NB: Three additional pieces will be required for presentation to sponsors/supporters of the Awards and the pieces

Criteria for Selection of Artist

  1. Artistic excellence and level of professionalism

  2. Innovation and uniqueness

  3. Appropriateness of design and interpretation of the brief

  4. Ability to work to a budget and timescale

  5. Value for money

Selection Procedure

All proposals will be assessed by a selection panel which will include representatives from Arts & Business NI, and external representatives.


Submission of initial design concepts                                                                        9 October 2017

Announcement of successful artist                                                                             w/c 16 October 2017

Submission of replica (one mock up for promotional purposes)                              3 November 2017

Production of the pieces                                                                                               until mid-December

Final 16 pieces to be delivered to Arts & Business NI                                               15 December 2017


Budget for 16 pieces is £3,200 

You will need to include a presentation box.

The winning artist will be required to enter into a contractual agreement with Arts and Business NI with regard to scheduling of the work, production, copyright, etc. There would also be a requirement to work with A&B NI and its commission sponsor, on some PR around the commission.

A&B NI will offer the winning artist a programme note within the Awards booklet that will be given to the 200 guests attending the event. This guest list includes senior representatives of the NI private sector, cultural sector and government. The winning artist will also be featured in an interview for our Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards supplement, which is written by, and distributed in the Belfast Business Telegraph, circulated to all guests on the evening, and to all A&BNI business members.


Submissions for applications:

Post: Sarah Mackey, Arts & Business NI, Bridge House, 2 Paulett Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4HD



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