Dean Hotel and Accenture recognised for supporting arts

More than €6.5m spent by nominees in 26th annual Allianz Business to Arts awards

Dublin's Dean Hotel and Accenture were among the businesses recognised Monday for their partnerships with the arts.

More than €6.5 million was spent by a record number of nominees in the 26th annual Allianz Business to Arts awards, which recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships.

Accenture won two awards, one for the best large sponsorship for a programme with the Royal Irish Academy called Women On Walls and another special judges award recognising its portfolio of creative investments.

The Dean Hotel won the best mid-size sponsorship for its collaboration with IMMA.


Writer in residence

Other award winners were: A&L Goodbody writer in residence programme with Catherine Ann Cullen (Best Use of Creativity in the Community); the ESB and Dublin's Science Gallery for its Makeshop programme (Best Creative Staff Engagement); the Dublin Port Company and the National Concert hall for Starboard Home (Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice); ReCreate Ireland (Allianz Community Art Prize); Smashing Time Theatre Company (DAA €5,000 Arts Award); Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the IADT for Young Women in Film & Television(Best Small Sponsorship); and Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture (Best Long-Term Partnership).

Claire Monnelly won the Jim McNaughton / Tilestyle €10,000 Artist's Bursary.

Andrew Hetherington, chief executive of Business to Arts, said this year's nominees showed increased regional activity and a wider audience reach.

“Our winners are collaborating to address social, environmental, and workplace issues and it is more relevant than ever to acknowledge the impact creativity and art industry interaction can have on Irish society.”