BNP Paribas has been honoured at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards for bringing creativity to Temple St. Children’s Hospital through their collaboration with Helium Arts on the Cloudlands Dublin project.
The ceremony for the 23rd annual awards was held on September 9th at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships, bringing the arts and artists into mutually beneficial relationships across society.*
The ‘Best Use of Creativity in the Community’ award was presented by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to BNP Paribas Head of Territory, Gilles de Decker and the Cloudland Project Manager at Helium Arts, Avril Carr.
‘Cloudlands Dublin’ is the Irish project in the BNP Paribas Foundation “Smart Start” programme. The 3-year arts and technology project supports the unique needs of children in hospital by working with an artist in residence. It involves elements of performance and interactive film-making and allows children in hospital to share their work with peers in other healthcare settings through a dedicated online platform. This innovative project is counteracting social exclusion experienced by chronically ill teenagers and is demonstrating important psycho-social outcomes.
BNP Paribas staff have voluntarily photographed the project on-site, attended artists’ talks and the project’s public exhibition. In recognising this partnership, the judges hoped it would encourage BNP Paribas and Helium to extend their relationship and to use the Bank’s extensive European reach to highlight this ground-breaking work in the area of children’s art and health in Ireland.
Gilles de Decker, Head of Territory for Ireland said “We are very honoured to be involved in such an important and progressive project. I would like to thank Helium Arts for the inspirational work they do with the team at Temple St and indeed their innovation in making the project and its work accessible to BNP Paribas colleagues while respecting the healthcare environment. Cloudlands Dublin has been made possible by the BNP Paribas Foundation and Business to Arts. It is a great example of how, when business and arts come together, we can enrich the lives of so many: colleagues, artists, patients and families.”