Shortlist Announced for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020

In Allianz’s 14th year of sponsoring the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards, the partnerships within the 2020 shortlist reflect the strong collaborations and creative partnerships that there are between the private sector and the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland.

Category Shortlists

1. Creative Community Engagement

Awarded to a partnership where the business uses the power of the arts to develop innovative and dynamic new connections with the wider community.

  • Belfast Photo Festival & Bywater
  • Big Telly Theatre & Enniskillen BID
  • BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
  • EastSide Arts & Connswater Shopping Centre
  • Replay Theatre Co & Translink
  • Ulster Orchestra & JTI

2. Cultural Branding

Awarded to a partnership where arts and culture is embedded in the identity of a business, reinforcing brand value and enabling the business to differentiate itself in a crowded marketplace and/or to connect with target markets creatively.

  • ArtsEkta & Sensata
  • Belfast Photo Festival & Alexander Boyd Displays
  • Culture Night Belfast & Translink
  • Lyric Theatre & A&L Goodbody

3. Creative Workplace

Awarded to a partnership that involves employees in the arts and incorporates creativity and innovation into the workplace.

  • ArtsEkta & Sensata
  • Belfast Exposed & A&L Goodbody
  • BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
  • Tinderbox & Citi

4. New Sponsor

Awarded to a business that has developed a new partnership with the arts to meet its business objectives.

  • ArtsEkta & Sensata
  • BookTrust & Belfast International Airport
  • Cinemagic & Hagan Homes
  • Culture Night Belfast & Power NI
  • NI Opera & Belfast Harbour
  • Tinderbox & Citi
  • Young At Art & Destination CQ BID

5. Inspirational Trustee

Awarded to an individual who, in a voluntary capacity, has added outstanding benefit to an arts organisation in a governance role, perhaps through a formal professional development placement such as Board Bank or Young Professionals on Arts Boards.

  • Adam Knight, Dance Resource Base
  • Jane Mooney, Dance Resource Base
  • Jim McKeever, QSS
  • Ken Sterrett, Seacourt Print Workshop
  • Richard Whan, thrive

6. Business Individual of the Year

Awarded to a person who had led within their organisation to adopt an innovative approach to solving a business challenge.

  • Barry Desmond, Alexander Boyd Displays
  • Helen McKee, Citi
  • Julie Thompson, KPMG

7. Arts Innovator

Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to an arts organisation through their innovative way of working with a business.

  • Jenny Elliott, Arts Care
  • Susan Picken, Cathedral Quarter Trust
  • Patrick O'Reilly, Tinderbox

8. Arts Organisation of the Year

Awarded to the arts organisation which has consistently looked to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to business partnership. Allianz will present the winner with a cheque for £3,000.

  • BookTrust NI
  • Cinemagic
  • Replay
  • Tinderbox

 9. Business of the Year Award

Awarded to a business that has excelled through integrating Arts & Culture throughout different facets of its business strategy.

  • A&L Goodbody
  • Alexander Boyd Displays
  • Citi
  • Translink
  • Ulster Carpets

10. Allianz Community Art Award 

Awarded to the winner of the Allianz staff Community Art Award (nominated and chosen by Allianz NI staff). Both the shortlist and winner will be announced on the evening of the Awards ceremony. Allianz will present the winner with a cheque for £2,000.

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2020 Judging panel


  • Mary Nagele, CEO Arts & Business NI (Chair of Panel)
  • Katrien Roppe, FinTrU
  • Heather Quigg, PwC
  • Shauna Graham, Willis Towers Watson
  • Mark Case, WhiteNoise
  • Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah
  • Kieran Gilmore, Open House


“We are inspired by the scale and diversity of the finalists in this year’s Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards. 2019 sees the arts and business community work together to enrich life both culturally and economically. Literature, built environment, design, dance, theatre, film, music and visual art are all represented through both new and long-term partnerships between Northern Ireland’s arts and business organisations. Also, greater community involvement and an ever-increasing outreach are truly welcomed as the benefits of corporate and cultural collaboration are alive and well and enjoyed across Northern Ireland.” - Sean McGrath, CEO Allianz

The winners will be announced at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony in January 2020. Learn more.

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