'The Last Hotel' film for Sky Arts wins best large sponsorship in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016.

Wednesday 21st September, 2016

This year’s Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships to bring businesses and the arts into mutually beneficial relationships across society. The evening was a celebration of the most innovative and creative partnerships in Ireland which use the arts to enhance communities and working environments.

In addition to the award winners, RTÉ received the 25th Anniversary Special Award from Allianz and Business to Arts in recognition of its long-term contribution to the development, support and promotion of the arts during the 25-year history of the awards.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships, bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.

Sky Arts/Sky Ireland & Brink Films, Landmark Productions, Wide Open Opera for won in the Best Large Sponsorship – over €50,000 value category for ‘The Last Hotel’ film.

Highly Commended in the category were:  RTÉ & Various Artists/Organisations in association with Ireland 2016 for RTÉ 1916: Reflecting the Rising, An Post for GPO Witness History, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin for The Early Irish  Manuscripts Project


Other Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2016 Winners were:

Best Use of Creativity in the Community

Winner: Matthews Coach Hire & Louth & Monaghan County Council Arts Offices 

Highly Commended: IT Sligo & Hawk’s Well Theatre, Lynders Mobile Home Park & Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, HSE & axis Ballymun


Best Creative Staff Engagement

Winner: Bank of Ireland ‘Be Our Inspiration’ 

Highly Commended: IT Sligo & Hawk’s Well Theatre, Deloitte & Various Artists for the Deloitte Art Collection, New Ireland Assurance & NCBI Braile & Audio Library


Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice

Winner: An Post for ‘GPO Witness History 2016 Commissions Programme’ & An Post & Barbara Knezevic – They are of us all

Highly Commended: Accenture & Royal Irish Academy – Women on Walls, Trinity College Dublin & Various Artists- Trinity Creative Challenge


Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist’s Bursary

Winners: Padraic Rowan


daa €5,000 Arts Award

Winner: axis: Ballymun


Allianz Community Art Award

Winner: Helium Arts

Highly Commended: ReCreate, Visual Carlow – Dancehall, Children’s Group Link – House of Horrors


Best Mid-Size Sponsorship – over €15,000 – €50,000 value

Winner: Cartoon Saloon & The Butler Gallery

Highly Commended: JAM Media & Animation Dingle, A&L Goodbody & Suas Educational Development, Accenture & Royal Irish Academy


Best Small Sponsorship – €15,000 value and under

Winner: Lynders Mobile Home Park & Fingal County Council’s Arts Office

Highly Commended: Matthews Coach Hire & Louth County Council Arts Office, Airbnb & Irish Architecture Foundation, TileStyle & NCAD


Best Long Term Partnership

Winner: ESB Feis Ceoil

Highly Commended: Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Arthur Cox & Various Designers, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture


Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment

Winner: An Post – for their partnerships with, Carlow Arts Festival, Stoney Road Press, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Barbara Knezevic, Dublin Dance Festival, Stormy Petrel, Ruairí Ó Cuív & Valerie Connor, GPO Witness History, and Philatelic Advisory Committee

Highly Commended: ESB / Electric Ireland, Accenture, RTÉ


25th Anniversary Special Award

RTÉ Ireland 2016