Supporting the Arts

Tilestyle Supporting the Arts

TileStyle has always been associated with the arts and we have been involved in many projects over the years including the innovative “Art of Rubbish” campaign to hosting exhibitions for photography, sculpture, jewellery and ceramic art.

Each year we support new talent through the “Jim McNaughton/TileStyle €10,000 Artist Bursary” which is awarded annually at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards in honour of the founder of TileStyle, the late Jim McNaughton. 

For the last 13 years TileStyle has sponsored two awards at the Business To Arts awards. The Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist Bursary and The Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice.

The Jim McNaughton / TileStyle €10,000 Artist Bursary

The 2021 bursary was awarded to Miriam Kaczor. Miriam is a Polish-born, Dublin-raised flautist and freelance photographer. Curious about a variety of styles, she equally enjoys performing with early music ensembles, modern orchestras and contemporary groups, as well as capturing other artists and their creative endeavours.

In her own words, this is what Miriam had to say about what winning the bursary means to her and her work,

“The bursary means the world to me as an artist at this point in my career. It will not only enable me to finish my master’s studies here in Kunstuniversität Graz in Vienna for another two semesters which will keep me in form for all my upcoming projects and give me a lifetime of education, but also allow me to pursue two independent projects simultaneously with my studies. That is a collaboration with an Irish composer as well as the production of two videos in partnership with other musicians and a film maker which will showcase the work of an 18th century Irish composer Thomas Rosengrave. I am really delighted and very honoured to be the recipient of this year’s TileStyle bursary and especially to be supported by an exciting company such as TileStyle.”

Previous Bursary Winners Listed Below:

  • 2019 - Catherine Creaney, Portrait Artist
  • 2018 - Aisling O’Mara, Actor & Playwright
  • 2017 - Clare Monnelly, Actor & Playwright
  • 2016 - Padraic Rowan, Bass-Baritone
  • 2015 - Máire Carroll, Pianist and Gearóid Solan, Ballet Dancer
  • 2014 - Petal Pilley, Theatre Director
  • 2013 - Deirdre Kinahan, Playwright
  • 2012 - Christina Reihill, Poet, Psychotherapist and Journalist
  • 2011 - Dennis Roche, Artist
  • 2010 - Peter Monaghan, Artist
  • 2009 -Paul Meade, Writer, Director & Actor
  • 2008 - Alva Gallagher, Sculptor


The Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award For Best Commissioning Practice

The “Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice” rewards excellence and best practice in the commissioning or artists and creatives by companies. The award recognises commissioning across all art forms.

The 2021 Jim McNaughton Perpetual award for Best Commissioning Practice was awarded to Accenture & Paul Harrison for "Quinquaginta" and Fuchsia MacAree for "Fierce Determination"

In August 2019, Accenture commissioned two artists to help celebrate its 50th anniversary in Ireland this year: a sculpture by Paul Harrison called Quinquaginta, and three pieces titled Fierce Determination by illustrator Fuchsia MacAree.

Here's what Gerard McNaughton, Creative Director of TileStyle had to say about the project.

“Accenture’s interest and commitment to connecting with the artist is second to none, and its professional approach to ensuring the collaboration is a success is an extension of what makes it successful in business. The end results were fantastic – multilayered works by Paul Harrison and Fuschia MacAree that were carefully crafted with a depth of meaning that truly reflected collaboration.”

Previous Perpetual Award Winners Listed Below:

  • 2019 - McGarrell Reilly Group & Alva Gallagher for ‘Rise’
  • 2018 - MacDonagh Shopping Centre and Ani Mollereau for the Kilkenny Famine Experience Sculpture
  • 2017 - Dublin Port Company for their project “Starboard Home.”
  • 2016 - An Post for the “GPO Witness History 2016 Commissions Programme” & Barbara Knezevic – “They are of us all”
  • 2015 - Cliona Harmey for her project “Dublin Ships”
  • 2014 - Mayo County Council and Linenhall Arts Centre for the FIND project
  • 2013 - Enda Kavanagh for his work with The Marker Hotel
  • 2012 - Theresa Nanigian for “Travelogue”
  • 2011 - Cavan County Council & DV4 Digital Media for ‘Casting Light’ by John Byrne
  • 2010 - An Post Annual Stamp Programme
  • 2009 - Murray Ó Laoire Architects and John Sisk & Son & Vivienne Roche for ‘Light Ensemble’ at the CIT Cork School of Music
  • 2008 - Behaviour & Attitudes & Graphic Studio Dublin


TileStyle's Continued Commitment To Supporting The Arts

For over 38 years, TileStyle have been involved in a multitude of arts collaborations and supported many new artists and projects. Below are a few images of projects TileStyle have been involved with in the past and we look forward to continuing to support the arts.