Award winning arts partnership

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Latest update 11.03.2014 14:48

The National Trust in Northern Ireland has picked up an Arts & Business Award for an innovative arts partnership.

National Trust and their partners Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) picked up the Arts & Business Award on 7 February at a gala ceremony at the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

The Community Engagement award is given in recognition to a partnership that has encouraged specific community engagement with the arts, or has made a significant contribution to regeneration or sustainable growth.

There was tough competition in the category which included organisations such as Ulster Bank and the Ulster Orchestra. The partnership initiative brought live theatre to Rowallane Garden in the summer of 2013.

HSF employees volunteered with the maintenance of the gardens, and engaged with local senior citizens to discover their memories of Rowallane Garden. The memories provided the inspiration for HSF employees to work collaboratively to write scripts for the project. Four scripts were chosen developed and performed as ‘The Rowallane Plays’ – an innovative theatre project in four locations around Rowallane Garden.

Part of the project also involved the installation of artistic seating to truly enhance the ‘Spirit of Place’ within the recently opened Pleasure Gardens. The seats were created by Arts students from the University of Ulster as part of their college portfolio and will leave an artistic legacy in the garden.

Presenting the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards Brendan Murphy, CEO, Allianz, congratulated the partnerships and all the winners saying: ‘It is always exciting to see how business, artists and arts bodies use their creativity and sometimes, their very different perspectives, to work with each other towards the delivery of frequently diverse objectives. All of the nominations and winners featured here tonight are outstanding examples of innovative collaborations which demonstrate exactly just what can be achieved in both a business and artistic context when creative engagement begins.’

Congratulating the award winners, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: ‘The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards celebrate the most outstanding and creative partnerships between business and arts organisations in Northern Ireland.

‘I believe that creativity and innovative thinking are vital to business success and I also fully recognise the importance of the creative industries in the development and growth of our economy.

‘To build on our success to date, it is imperative that we all play our part in encouraging continued collaboration between the arts and business sectors. I would therefore encourage the businesses here tonight who have yet to partner with the arts sector to use this opportunity to learn of the many benefits that collaboration can bring and to consider how this can help your business prosper.’

All the nominees and winners