Poetry Ireland and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation shortlisted for Business to Arts Awards

6th July 2022

Business to Arts has announced the shortlist for this year’s Business to Arts Awards and we are thrilled that Poetry Ireland and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation have been shortlisted in two categories:

  • Best Use of Creativity in the Community, supported by Irish Life category, for Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence
  • Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts, supported by the Arts Council category, for Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence

In consideration of the challenging conditions over the past two years and the high quality of Business to Arts category nominees, it is a huge achievement to be shortlisted in two categories for this year’s Business to Arts Awards. Nominations for these prestigious awards are an acknowledgement of the incredible work of Poet in Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen.

Catherine Ann Cullen said, “I'm thrilled that my residency at Poetry Ireland has been shortlisted in two categories for the Business to Arts Awards. It's a tribute not just to Poetry Ireland, the funders and myself, but also to the tens of thousands of people who engaged with the residency in person and online, and to the wonderful fellowship of new, emerging and established poets that grew up around the residency and helped us all to get through the Covid years with creativity and community.”   

Catherine Ann Cullen, who is an award-winning poet, children’s writer, and songwriter, was chosen as Poet in Residence after a rigorous application and interview process during summer 2019. Catherine Ann said that the key driver in her residency was to form and secure creative relationships with local groups and connect with people who are often excluded from the arts. The role involved extensive work with several diverse communities within the north inner-city. These groups included the SAOL project for women and the Pathways Centre for former prisoners, as well as schools, libraries, youth, and many adult groups.

Making a visible impact in the local community was a core aim of the residency scheme. Despite the pandemic Catherine Ann Cullen forged ahead with her plans as Poet in Residence, adapting constantly to meet the needs of participants, engaging with people through online workshops, daily and weekly poetry prompts on social media, developing poetry challenges such as the Alphabet Blitz for the City of Dublin #ABCDublin and Limericks Unlimited.

The Poet in Residence also developed new work and commissioned work for Poetry Ireland.

Liz Kelly, Director of Poetry Ireland said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted in not one but two categories in the Business to Arts Awards 2022.  Our project involved extensive work with diverse communities within the north inner city.  Poet in residence Catherine Ann Cullen brought a vast range of experience as a writer, lecturer and documentarian and her work with Poetry Ireland made a visible impact in the local community. She also engaged in their own creative work and developed commissioned work for Poetry Ireland. Our poet in residence programme was made possible through support from the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland, with additional support from Rethink Ireland."  

The Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists, and arts organisations that develop compelling creative partnerships. The Judging Panel featured representatives from Accenture, The Irish Times, ESB, Mermaid Arts Centre, daa, Irish Life, the Arts Council, TileStyle, and Arthur Cox and was chaired by Clare Duignan, a board member of Business to Arts and The Chester Beatty Library, The Irish Times, IMRO and Fáilte Ireland.

The 2022 Business to Arts Awards will take place on Tuesday, 20th September at the National Concert Hall. A total of €25,000 will be presented to successful artists and arts organisations through bursaries and awards on the night.

The role of Poet in Residence was funded by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Fund of the Sidney E Frank Foundation with additional support from Rethink Ireland: The Social Innovation Growth Fund Ireland to whom Poetry Ireland are very grateful.

2022 Business to Arts Awards category shortlist nominees: 

Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life

- An Post & Dublin Pride for ‘PRIDE/BRÓD’ Stamps
- The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation & Poetry Ireland for Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence
- Northern Trust & ESB Energy For Generations Fund & Bounce Club Night
- Press Up & The Dean Arts Studio

Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts Award supported by the Arts Council

- Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund
- Community Foundation for Ireland and Children’s Books Ireland
- The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation & Poetry Ireland for Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence
- Ballinglen Arts Foundation & Museum

To view the full category nomination list and Business to Arts news release please visit: https://www.businesstoarts.ie/news-events/