Festivals, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be among those to be honoured with new specific awards as South Australia’s Arts and Culture Ruby Awards are revamped for 2018.
Expanding from 10 awards to 12, the Rubys will now include new categories for Best Festival and Best Work, Event or Project for Young People, as well as awards specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, arts workers and arts organisations, and artists and arts workers aged under 35.
Also new for 2018 is the Made in Adelaide Award, recognising outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside the state by a South Australian individual or organisation.
Other changes include combining the old categories of Best Work and Best Event to comprise two new awards - Best Work or Event Within a Festival, and Best Work or Event Outside a Festival – to provide a more level playing field for smaller productions.
The new categories and changes aim to make the Ruby Awards even more diverse and inclusive, and come as the result of a consultation with key members of South Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector.
Premier Steven Marshall said: "The Ruby Awards are one of the most important ways in which the State Government acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of the arts to South Australia’s cultural life.
"It is wonderful to this year see these awards grow with new categories to better honour and pay tribute to the diverse groups that make up the cultural lifeblood of our State, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and organisations, festivals, and young and emerging artists and arts workers. I look forward to seeing the list of nominees and hearing about all their fine achievements."
Arts South Australia Executive Director Peter Louca said: "Since 2006 the Ruby Awards have been South Australia’s premier celebration of the people, companies and organisations that keep our state’s creative heart beating. After asking the sector what they wanted, from this year that celebration will be even bigger, better and more inclusive, as Arts South Australia introduces a range of new award categories to better honour and recognise the diverse achievements and contributions across our state’s arts and cultural sector.
"It is especially pleasing to introduce the new Made in Adelaide award, named after Arts South Australia’s program, to recognise the many wonderful achievements of South Australian creatives outside the State’s borders."
Launched in 2006, the Ruby Awards are an annual celebration of South Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector. They recognise artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leaders who have made a difference to the artistic and cultural life of South Australia. The awards are named in honour of late arts patron Dame Ruby Litchfield, and are managed by Arts South Australia.
The 13th annual Ruby Awards will be announced on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Queen’s Theatre. All winners will receive a ruby-coloured glasswork crafted by JamFactory. The recipient of the prestigious Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement is also honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Nominations for all categories are now open at arts.sa.gov.au/rubys. Nominations close Monday September 10, 2018.
The 2018 Ruby Award categories are:
- Best Festival
For the best festival of the year.
- Best Work or Event Within a Festival
For the best performance, work, production or event of the year presented as part of a festival program.
- Best Work or Event Outside a Festival
For the best performance, work, production or event of the year not presented as part of a festival program.
- Best Work, Event or Project for Young People
For the best performance, work, production, event or initiative of the year aimed specifically at young people.
- Best Regional or Community Event or Project
For the best artistic or cultural event, project or initiative of the year that had a significant positive impact on a community or region in South Australia.
- Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by a small to medium arts organisation or group receiving no funding, or less than $1 million in funding, from Arts South Australia.
- Made in Adelaide Award
For outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside of South Australia by a South Australian individual, company or organisation.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an ATSI focused organisation or group, or an ATSI identified individual working in any area of the arts.
- Young Achiever Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an individual aged under 35, working in any area of the arts.
- People’s Choice Award
Winner of the online People’s Choice vote, chosen from all finalists.
- Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award
Recognising an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community cultural development.
- Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
Recognising an individual who has made a remarkable, long-standing contribution to arts and culture.
For more information about the Ruby Awards and past winners, visit arts.sa.gov.au/rubys