Posted on Wednesday 22 June 2011 by Ulster Business

Arts & Business launches 2012 awards

Arts & Business has launched this year's Allianz Arts & Business Northern Ireland Awards, which celebrate the best partnerships between the region's arts and business organisations.

Nomination forms are now available to download from www.artsandbusiness.org.uk/northernireland and have also been emailed extensively to the local arts and business communities. The deadline for completed nominations is Monday 5 September 2011, with the awards ceremony itself taking place on January 19, 2012. Launching the awards, Mary Trainor-Nagele, Director, Arts & Business Northern Ireland, said: "We are delighted to have Allianz supporting these important Awards that acknowledge and showcase the best of NI's creative partnerships between commerce and culture. These types of partnerships have never been more critical for both sectors." Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz added: "Allianz are delighted to once again be the title sponsor for these prestigious awards. Each year the calibre and creativity of the partnerships increases and we know that this year will be no exception." The important role played by the arts in the development of a successful business and in building communities will be recognised at The Allianz Arts & Business Northern Ireland Awards 2012. Six awards will be presented to businesses who have demonstrated a creative approach to developing mutually beneficial partnerships with the arts throughout Northern Ireland. An additional award will be presented to a local arts organisation for excellence in arts management of the business relationship. The eighth award recognises and acknowledges the work of an individual within an arts organisation who has demonstrated business acumen and excellence in partnership development. Rosemary Kelly OBE, Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said of the awards: "The Arts Council is delighted to be able to support the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards, which help to promote creative and productive partnerships between local businesses and arts organisations. Developing the bonds between the worlds of Arts and Commerce is particularly important in the current financial climate, where both sectors have much to gain from combining their strengths."

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