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Business to Arts seek expressions of interest from businesses to take part in the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme

• Matched funding of up to €7,500 provided to the creation of Artist in Residence programmes in regional areas involving artists, local community groups & businesses

• Regional expansion of Artist in Residence initiative is one of 30 initiatives supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund

• Companies interested in developing new Corporate Social Responsibility programmes through an Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme encouraged to apply

• Three companies will be selected to work with an artist and local regional community group relevant to their CSR strategy such as work-place creativity, staff or community engagement

• Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, February 15th 2019

Business to Arts in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund announced that they are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that would like to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the AR Programme.

The AR Programme will cover a broad spectrum of activity and opportunities for artists and companies. Host companies will offer artists a working environment or a structure for engagement with their organisation’s CSR Programme and a selected local community organisation.

Up to €7,500 will be provided for the creation (or enhancement) of three AR Programmes in a Corporate Social Responsibility context. Selected programmes must involve a minimum of eighteen-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists. Priority will be given to AR Programmes where a significant portion of the associated activity occurs in regional areas.

At the announcement, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD., commented: “The National Creativity Fund enables the Creative Ireland Programme to activate, enable and support a range of innovative initiatives which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre. As a Programme which has collaboration and community engagement at its core, I am particularly pleased that this initiative of Business to Arts, which encourages and enables active partnerships between business, artists and local communities, is one of the priority initiatives of the Creative Ireland Programme in 2019.

Through initiatives such as this Business to Arts artist residency, we want to encourage ambition, risk and innovation by harnessing the incredible talent and passion of our artists, our creative communities and local business innovators. I look forward to following the progress of this initiative over the coming weeks and months and to sharing the outcomes of the projects when they come to fruition in 2019.’

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD also commented: “Through Ireland’s national plan on CSR, ‘Towards Responsible Business’, the Government’s vision is that Ireland be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice. I want businesses to realise that CSR creates a meaningful win/win for business, by supporting and protecting the community and environment in which they operate; while at the same time making businesses more competitive. I warmly welcome this collaborative CSR initiative by Business to Arts with the Government’s National Creativity Fund, and in particular its regional focus.”

Andrew Hetherington stated: ‘Having piloted a number of artist in residence programmes in the Dublin Docklands area under the Docklands Arts Fund, we are excited to expand to other regions across Ireland. Through the AR Programme we look forward to working with businesses, artists and local community groups, fostering an environment of collaboration, learning and wellbeing through creative practice.’

FAQ’s and application details can be accessed at

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Media Contact:
Helen Carroll
Head of Communications & Partnerships Business to Arts
Tel: 0862325060

Media queries:
Madeline Boughton
Creative Ireland Programme
Tel: 087 797 7827

Notes to the Editor
Business to Arts
Business to Arts is a membership-based, charitable organisation (CHY 9871) that brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. Business to Arts teams business members up with artists and arts organisations to develop solutions in areas such as CSR, sponsorship, commissioning, HR development, internal and external communications and events.

National Creativity Fund
The National Creativity Fund enables the Creative Ireland Programme to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre. Through a series of strategic partnerships with cultural organisations, education and academic institutions and healthcare specialists, the selected projects are ambitious, innovative and inclusive and will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme right across Government. Over €1.2m will be invested in the 30 initiatives over the duration of the Fund in 2018 and 2019.

Full details of the projects supported as part of the new National Creativity Fund are available at