The 2016 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards took place in the Grand Opera House, Belfast on January 20th. Over 250 guests from the worlds of commerce and culture were guided through a journey of artistic excellence by compere Dr Wendy Austin MBE and treated to performances from a range of talented musicians and artists. On the evening there were 9 awards in total presented for the following outstanding projects.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Community Art Prize
Beat Carnival has been running for 21 years, working collaboratively with communities all over Northern Ireland to produce world-class carnival experiences.
Winning the Allianz Community Art Prize of £2,000 in this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards the prize fund will go towards the creation of a carnival choir and street band for 20 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across Belfast.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Corporate Responsibility Award
Campsie Karting & Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre
The winning project in the Corporate Responsibility category at this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards involved two very different entertainment venues joining forces to drive an art project for local young people.
Go-karting and art might not spring to mind as an automatic fit, but the ‘Go Art Go Kart’ project which involved a collaboration between Campsie Karting and the Millennium Forum in Co Londonderry proved how it can blend perfectly while connecting with the local community.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Cultural Branding Award
Iris Colour and Belfast Photo Festival
Close collaboration between Iris Colour and the Belfast Photo Festival led to a real wow factor in Northern Ireland last summer and earned them the Cultural Branding title at the Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards 2016
The project involved the founding of Northern Ireland’s largest outdoor visual arts display and showroom for Iris Colour in the centre of Belfast. This consisted of two elements - the Iris Colour Photo Park itself in Writer’s Square and the DeLorean Sculpture on Belfast City Hall lawn – which reached a total audience of 40,340 visitors.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Sustained Partnership Award
Exitex Ltd & Sestina Music
The partnership between building company Exitex and Sestina Music is particularly special with Exitex offering both personal and financial support since 2011 and without which the music charity for the teaching of young Irish musicians simply wouldn’t exist in its current form.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Employee Engagement Award
Edwards & Co Solicitors & the Lyric Theatre
In addition to supporting their summer school Edwards & Company join forces with Lyric's creative learning department in its work with the young offenders at Hydebank Wood College in Belfast, culminating in the production of a short radio play ‘Life at Hydebank and at Edwards & Company’
Allianz Arts & Business NI New Sponsor Award
Gentle Dental Care Belfast & Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People
Belfast-based practice Gentle Dental Care and Cinemagic, the annual film festival for young people joined forces in a creative art project which resulted in the production of a new short film, 'Brace Yourself', which looked at the issues that young people have to consider when faced with the need for braces. The project was completed over three days by film students aged 15-18 from Ashfield Girls’ High School and Aquinas Grammar School Belfast.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Arts Board Member of Year Award
Glenn Murray & Pintsized Productions
Glenn Murray has played a critical part in getting theatre company Pintsized Productions up and running, earning him the Arts Board Member of the Year Award at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016
An accountant with Belfast-based Tilley Baker Mooney Moore, Murray had no previous experience in the arts, but has totally embraced the role helping to establish sub-committees to oversee areas such as finance and fundraising, policy and procedures, projects and plays, and PR and marketing.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Business of the Year Award
Belfast Harbour reached out to support the arts in new ways in 2015, earning it the Business of the Year title in the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016
Belfast Harbour has entered into several arts partnerships over the years, mainly with community-based projects. For example, it recently decided to support a project which involved a group of young people from Cara Friend working with Wheelworks and a group of professional artists to create a piece of artwork and also supported Talent Tribe in allowing young people to work alongside two local Oscar nominees to make a new production.
Other recent partnerships include those with Open Arts and DU Dance. Last year Belfast Harbour went up a gear in terms of scale and public focus in its support of Culture Night Belfast for the first time with a partnership that led to the creation of a Culture Night Belfast Almanac.
Allianz Arts & Business NI Arts Award
Arts Care is the worthy winner of the Arts Award at the 2016 Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards.
Research has shown that art in health and social care can deliver numerous benefits to staff, patients and their families such as developing self-confidence and reducing anxiety and stress - something Arts Care has been demonstrating with flair across healthcare services in Northern Ireland for 25 years.
In partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland, Arts Care engages 19 artists-in-residence, a team of ‘clown doctors’ and many project artists who facilitate and co-ordinate participatory workshops and performances. Supported by Belfast Harbour, Arts Care launched the first ever Arts in Health Festival in hospitals for children and young people last July bringing art, colour and fun into the hospital setting.