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Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Bridge House
2 Paulett Avenue
Belfast
BT5 4HD
United Kingdom

Arts & Business Northern Ireland knows that when business and the arts work together in truly mutual partnership, both become stronger with the results benefiting our society in far reaching and tangible ways.

Arts & Business Northern Ireland knows that when business and the arts work together in truly mutual partnership, both become stronger with the results benefiting our society in far reaching and tangible ways.

Background & History of A&B NI

Arts & Business Northern Ireland (A&B NI), formerly known as the Association of Business Sponsorship of the Arts (ABSA), was set up in Northern Ireland in 1987 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. It was originally set up as part of Arts & Business Limited a UK wide creative network that advocates and facilitates creative partnerships between the private and cultural sectors.

In November 2011 A&B NI became an independent Northern Ireland company and charity but still maintains its strong links with Arts & Business in England, Scotand and Wales. Arts & Business Northern Ireland's principal funder is the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI).

A&B NI’s arts remit covers the performing arts, literature, visual arts and crafts, museums, libraries, heritage and film. We facilitate creative partnerships between business and the arts through research, training and the promotion of culture. With 25 years of experience driving dynamic collaborations in Northern Ireland, we have extensive expertise in the interface between the arts and business. We invest in research to understand the value of collaboration between commerce and culture and we use that knowledge to identify and promote opportunities for outstanding collaboration. At the heart of our work is the belief that the arts have the power to transform and change lives on both an individual and corporate level. To make this happen, our extensive network connects the arts and business communities. Fundamental to our impact is to provide training and consultancy which will drive best practice and learning for both sectors. All of our work celebrates the courage of business and individuals in supporting the arts and culture of the UK. In Northern Ireland we have 97 arts members and 65 business members.

What We Do

  • We advocate the power of the arts and engage in business development in order to grow the corporate marketplace for partnerships with the cultural sector.

  • We work with businesses to develop a deeper relationship with the arts.

  • We offer incentives to new and returning business sponsors in order to grow the range of businesses engaging with the arts on a regular basis.

  • We deliver training, advice and support in arts sponsorship and engagement with business to the arts.

  • We advocate and broker business based creative development to position the arts as a catalyst to help achieve business solutions, while securing new income streams for the arts and cultural sector.

  • We enlist individuals in business through our Board Bank and Young Professionals programme placing them on cultural and arts boards to deliver skills and in-kind resources to the cultural sector

  • We deliver sponsorship training and support to the arts to help build their capacity to develop relationships with, and bring in funding from, the private sector.

  • We advocate, train and run programmes designed to increase individual giving for the arts.

  • We deliver board & governance training and development to arts and cultural organisations to strengthen and sustain the sector.

Arts & Business Northern Ireland's Content

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 Shortlist unveiled
Tuesday / 31 October 2017 4:04pm

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 Shortlist unveiled

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Shortlist revealed for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018

Arts & Business NI announce New Chair
Monday / 02 October 2017 1:15pm

Arts & Business NI announce New Chair

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Martin Bradley MBE announced as new Chair of Arts & Business NI

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 - launched
Friday / 25 August 2017 1:51pm

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018 - launched

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Arts & Business NI launch the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2018

Thursday / 24 November 2016 1:34pm

Successful arts partnership develop a new art trail

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

If you are out and about in Belfast this autumn keep a look out for the ‘Art in the City’ art trail. There are 12 sites located throughout the city.

Tuesday / 08 November 2016 10:17am

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2017 - Shortlist announcement

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

The 2017 shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards has been revealed.

Wednesday / 06 July 2016 2:43pm

Launching Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2017

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Arts & Business Northern Ireland has launched the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards for 2017. The search commences for more pioneering partnerships between the worlds of arts and business.

Thursday / 30 April 2015 12:07pm

Keep Calm, Be Aware and Beware

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

An interactive session on financial management in tough times brought to you by Harbinson Mulholland
in partnership with Arts & Business NI and Chief Officers 3rd Sector

Tuesday / 17 February 2015 2:34pm

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015 - Creative Collaborations drive business performance

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Celebration of local arts, business creative partnerships at Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony 2015

Monday / 10 November 2014 10:13am

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015 - Shortlist

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

It’s that time of year and the office is buzzing with excitement as Arts & Business Northern Ireland reveals the eagerly awaited shortlist in nine categories for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015

Thursday / 19 June 2014 12:52pm

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards launched 2015

Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Sharon McTaggart, Allianz and Mary Trainor-Nagele, Arts & Business NI launch the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015

More Information

Type of Organisation

Other

Team

  • Colleen Murray