Calls for applications and businesses in Kilkenny to support their local cultural community

Business to Arts has launched Kilkenny’s call for entries for the 30th Annual Business to Arts Awards (2022) to join previous local winners MacDonagh Junction Shopping Center and Ani Mollereau for ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture’, recipients of the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice (2018).

The awards, now in their 30th year, recognize businesses, artists and arts organizations across the country who work together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, philanthropy and CSR programs, and more. again. 2022 is a landmark year in the history of the awards and also represents the highest level of monetary support for the arts offered with €25,000 available in scholarships and awards across the country.

The awards celebrate the power of partnerships between two sectors that can generate learning, well-being, joy and innovation in times of difficulty.

At the launch of the awards, Business to Arts and the awards partners encouraged businesses and philanthropists to look to the cultural sector for inspiration and support to deliver engaging, insightful and enjoyable experiences for people. inside and outside the workplace. The most recent research conducted by Business to Arts in 2020/21 among corporate sponsors of the arts in Ireland reveals that:

2019/2020 saw a huge €9.68 million investment in the arts

The majority of sponsors now cite staff engagement as the main reason for sponsoring the arts (70%)

Commitments to multi-year partnerships (3-5 years) more than doubled during Covid-19, from 9% to 22%

Average spend for an arts partnership increased 33% year-over-year

Now in its 13th year, the €10,000 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Fellowship is open to emerging artists in all art forms. The inaugural year of the Accenture Digital Innovation in Art Fellowship will provide €10,000 to an artist whose work is created digitally and show how harnessing the combination of technology and human ingenuity can produce new perspectives and approaches to art.

The Arts daa prize of €5,000 rewards an arts organization in recognition of its effective and imaginative collaboration with a company. Additionally, the Best Philanthropic Support for the Arts award, supported by the Canada Council, recognizes outstanding examples of sustainable and impactful arts philanthropy.

There are 11 categories in total focusing on sponsorship, commissioning, CSR initiatives and community engagement as well as mentorship, training, philanthropy and staff programs. The online application form can be accessed via Previous winners include Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail, An Post, Flogas, Grant Thornton, Dublin Port Company, Irish Film Institute and The Naughton Foundation.

In addition to arts sponsorship and philanthropic support for the arts sector, the awards recognize examples of arts and business organizations working together in other areas such as mentorship, training, events, engagement or community development. personnel, commissioning artists, CSR initiatives, community engagements, etc.

1. Best Large Sponsorship (value over €2,550,000 in cash or in kind) supported by Arthur Cox

2. Best Small Sponsorship (value less than €25,000€15,000 or less, cash or in kind)

3. Best long-term partnership (3 years or more) supported by The Irish Times

4. Better use of creativity in the community supported by Irish Life

5. Better use of creativity in the workplace supported by ESB

6. Better philanthropic support for the arts supported by the Arts Council

7. Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice supported by TileStyle

8. Jim McNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Fellowship for Commissioned Artists

9. €10,000 Accenture Digital Innovation in Art Grant

10/11. The Special Judges Recognition Award for Sponsorship of an Accenture-Supported Arts Portfolio and the €5,000 daa Arts Prize will also be awarded on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Clare Duignan, President of this year’s Jury and Board Member of Business to Arts, said: “The 30th anniversary of the Business to Arts Awards ceremony will combine physical and virtual to celebrate the best creative partnerships of the 18 months. As we emerge and recover from the effects of the pandemic, it is essential to celebrate new, innovative and sustainable corporate partnerships that support art, creativity and society. In our work, we increasingly see More business organizations are connecting to important issues around sustainability, equality, technology, and well-being by engaging in the arts, and we hope this will be reflected in this year’s nominations. “

The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 5 p.m. Visit for more information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

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