The Allianz Arts and Business Northern Ireland Awards Ceremony was held in the Ulster Museum. I was invited to speak at the event and it was a good opportunity to endorse the work of Arts and Business in Northern Ireland. It was also an opportunity to thank the many private companies that support the atrs in a variety of ways. The evening was compered by Wendy Austin, who is the chair of Arts and Business Northern Ireland, and who also serves on the UK board of the organisation.
Mary Trainor, who is the director of Arts and Business Northern Ireland, is a very effective advocate for arts and business partnerships and the evening was a genuine celebration of the best in such partnerships.