Presentation College Carlow Wins Prestigious Business to Art Awards

Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2013

22nd Annual Awards Honour The Power Of Collective Creativity

Leaders from the corporate and cultural sectors gathered at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin on Tuesday, 10th September to celebrate the 2013 Allianz Business to Arts Awards with Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan presenting ten awards to organisations who have achieved excellence in their collaborations.

Among those organisations was Presentation College, Carlow along with artist, Blaise Smith, who had been commissioned by the College to create a series of twenty paintings depicting life in a modern secondary-school in 21st century Ireland.

The series of paintings, “Schoolwork”, has already been on exhibition in the Visual Arts Centre in Carlow and in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. One painting from the series is currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Allianz Business to Arts programme builds creative partnerships between the arts and business, so that the creativity of the arts and the acumen of the business community enhance each other and drive world class performance in Ireland.

The 2013 event marked the 12th year of partnership between Allianz and Business to Arts with Bord Gáis Energy, Accenture, Dublin Airport Authority, The Irish Times, Brown Bag Films, Barry’s Tea and Brehon Capital Partners among the leading businesses recognised at the prestigious event which was attended by 500 people. The broadcaster, Áine Lawlor was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and entertainment was provided by the singer Duke Special, the Accenturephonics Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards attracted a record 99 entries in 2013 with a value of €7.84m. The awards act as a celebration of successful partnerships and provide a reference point for those looking to develop new ideas and deliver projects which are mutually beneficial.

For the 22nd year the award has been commissioned by Dublin Airport Authority. This year’s award sculpture, “Balance”, was made by Donnacha Cahill, a Galway-based artist known for his unique metalwork sculptures.

As well as the limited edition sculptures for the successful businesses, bursaries were also presented to artists and arts organisations with the Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artists’ Bursary; the Dublin Airport Authority €5,000 Arts Award; and the €5,000 Allianz Community Art Prize.

Presentation College and Blaise Smith were delighted to receive the Judges’ Special Recognition Award and were also nominated for the Best Commissioning Practice Award.


Pictured (Left to Right) Siobhan Dowling (Head Girl), Noel O’Neill (Teacher), Blaise Smith (Artist), Damien O’Neill (Allianz), Ray Murray (Principal), Rory Healy (Chairperson, Board of Management), Sharon Murphy (Per Cent For Art Project Manager), Peter Thompson (Head Boy).

Pictured (Left to Right) Siobhan Dowling (Head Girl), Ray Murray (Principal), Noel O’Neill (Teacher), Blaise Smith (Artist), Rory Healy (Chairperson, Board of Management), Sharon Murphy ( Per Cent For Art Project Manager), Peter Thompson (Head Boy).

Pictured (Left to Right) Ray Murray (Principal), Jimmy Deenihan, TD (Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), Blaise Smith (Artist).