With the 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards less than a week away, let’s take a look at the shortlist for the Allianz Community Art Award.
Subset: Grey Area Project
If you’ve been in Dublin in the past year, you may have seen Subset’s murals around the city. Since May 2018, artist community has crafted 143 large-format pieces around Dublin. The group’s ongoing ‘Grey Area Project’ aims to turn the city into an open-air gallery, making art accessible to all in the community and continuing the artists’ work with Inner City Helping Homeless, Take Back the City, and Climate Case Ireland.
Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
In its five years, Waterford Walls has managed to create Ireland’s largest outdoor art gallery, run entirely by volunteers. Collaborating with residents, businesses, community groups, and the County Council, the festival aims to re-energise the shared public space of Waterford City with vibrant art and free activities, adding to the city’s growing collection of over 150 pieces of art.
Fishamble: The New Play Company & Mountjoy Prison for ‘Silent’
Throughout the years, Fishamble has curated plays and workshops that are relevant to the communities in which they are performed throughout Ireland and internationally. Now, the company hopes to bring Olivier Award-winning play ‘Silent’ to the prisoners of Mountjoy Prison, the Women’s Prison, and Mountjoy West, as well as facilitate a workshop for the prisoners. This initiative follows positive engagement from prisoners and staff with plays ‘On Blueberry Hill’ and ‘Haughey Gregory”.
Cork Film Festival – ‘Illuminate’ & ‘Intinn’
Cork Film Festival holds live a series of film and public discussion events titled ‘Illuminate’ in the hopes of challenging the stigma around mental health and wellbeing. Particularly, the film festival hopes to expand its youth engagement and extend the offerings to include programmes year-round. ‘Illuminate’ has run annually since 2014 as part of Ireland's first and largest film festival.
The 2019 Allianz Business to Arts Awards will be presented on 3rd September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.