Galway International Arts Festival & Flogas celebrate major Business to Arts Award win for partnership on John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion

21 April 2021

Galway International Arts Festival and their energy partner Flogas are celebrating this evening after winning the 2021 prize for Best Use of Creativity in the Community supported by Irish Life at the Business to Arts Awards.  The award recognises their extraordinary partnership on the stunning Mirror Pavilion installation at the Claddagh last September.

Unveiled as part of Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition, Mirror Pavilion by renowned Irish artist John Gerrard was commissioned by the Festival and was a flagship event in the Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture programme.

Mirror Pavilion - Corn Work, at the Claddagh Quay, was seen by in excess of 120,000 people over the 4 weeks of its installation, while GIAF-created digital content of the project has been watched over 10,800 times. 

A response to the escalating climate crisis, John Gerrard’s work pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. 

The work recalled histories of grain milling in Galway and the strong flow of water, which provided a sustainable clean energy source for the city’s now dismantled flour mills. The energy behind powering this extraordinary work was supplied by Flogas, who came on board as the festival’s energy partner. Flogas has a number of links to Galway through customers, distributors and agents as well as the fact that the Galway area was the first to switch to Flogas for residential natural gas in 2007. The team also have a keen interest in the arts, so this opportunity to create such a memorable experience for people in and visiting Galway was very exciting. 

Each year the Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships, with the winners demonstrating the importance of supporting the arts and the impact that can be made by quality partnerships.

John Crumlish, CEO Galway International Arts Festival said: "I would like to thank Business to Arts for this award which GIAF is delighted to share with our energy partner, Flogas. They have been a great partner on this very ambitious European Capital of Culture project so beautifully realized by John Gerrard. It engaged a large community both live and online on a subject that is so important to us all and we look forward to working with Flogas on other exciting engagement initiatives as the partnership progresses.”

Partnering with GIAF makes perfect sense to us as a company that is committed to the community and to the provision of sustainable electricity and gas to homes and businesses in Ireland. We were proud to supply 100% renewable electricity to power the Mirror Pavilion and delighted that our partnership with GIAF has been recognised by Business to Arts. We want to congratulate the GIAF for everything they have achieved over the years, and we look forward to our association with the GIAF blossoming in the years ahead.” John Rooney, Managing Director Flogas Ireland.

John Gerrard is considered a pioneer of simulation within contemporary art. His work features in the collections of MoMA New York, Tate London, San Francisco MoMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Irish Museum of Modern Art among others. The second part of Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work will premiere later this year at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara.   

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture for funding Mirror Pavilion, and for the additional support provided by Festival Energy Partner Flogas, Festival Partner Aerogen and Bluesky Ireland.