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Helium Arts and BNP Paribas win at Business to Arts Awards 2014

Helium Arts & BNP Paribas won at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014 for Cloudlands Dublin in the category Best Use of Creativity in the Community. The awards were held in the National Concert Hall on 9 September 2014 and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented Avril Carr, Cloudlands project manager, and Gilles de Decker, Head of the BNP Paribas Group in Ireland, with an Awards Sculpture created by Tipperary ceramicist Grainne Watts. Cloudlands Dublin is an arts and technology project for teenagers at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital which has been funded through the BNP Paribas Foundation Smart Start programme since 2012.

Helium Arts was also highly commended in the Allianz Community Art Prize category for Two Suitcases, a national film project for teenagers living with health conditions. This year, Helium has been partnering with CanTeen Ireland, the nationwide support group for young people with cancer or who have had cancer, on the project. Age and Opportunity were the winners in that category on the night for their Creative Exchanges programme.

President Michael D. Higgins presents the Awards Sculpture to Avril Carr, Helium, and Gilles de Decker of BNP Paribas

President Michael D. Higgins presents the Awards Sculpture to Avril Carr, Helium, and Gilles de Decker of BNP Paribas

L to R: Roseanne Connolly, BNP Paribas, Caroline Flynn, Temple Street Hospital, Penelope Kenny, Helium Board, Avril Carr, Helium, Rachel Tynan, Cloudlands Artist in Residence, Gilles de Decker, BNP Paribas, Katy Fitzpatrick, Acting Director Helium, Emma Eager, Helium, Anna McCarthy, Helium

L to R: Roseanne Connolly, BNP Paribas, Caroline Flynn, Temple Street Hospital, Penelope Kenny, Helium Board, Avril Carr, Helium, Rachel Tynan, Cloudlands Artist in Residence, Gilles de Decker, BNP Paribas, Katy Fitzpatrick, Acting Director Helium, Emma Eager, Helium, Anna McCarthy, Helium

Nominees 2014 Allianz Business to Arts Awards 

Best Use of Creativity in the Community 
• BNP Paribas & Helium Arts for ‘Cloudlands Dublin’
• Brothers of Charity Services / Ability West & Blue Teapot Theatre Company
• Brown Bag Films / Laureate Na nÓg & Children’s Books Ireland for ‘Bookbag’
• Diageo Ireland for The Arthur Guinness Projects
• The Irish Times & Fighting Words

Allianz Community Art Prize 
• Creative Exchanges, a project by Age & Opportunity
• Helium Arts
• St. Canice’s National School Instrumental Music Programme

Read more about the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014 in the Sunday Independent Supplement.

Rachel Tynan presents President D. Higgins with Colours of Life, a book by Cloudlands participant Mary Bracken, made in collaboration with Rachel

Rachel Tynan presents President D. Higgins with Colours of Life, a book by Cloudlands participant Mary Bracken, made in collaboration with Rachel

 

Emma Eager, Helium, with Evelyn Griffith, CanTeen Ireland

Evelyn Griffith, CanTeen Ireland with  Emma Eager, Helium

 

 

 

 

 

Business to Arts Awards 2014.  Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

 

 

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