Six exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropic, business and arts sectors were honoured at the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards in Sydney on August 7, 2018.
Creative Partnerships Awards is a celebration and recognition of the leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Australia’s cultural life. The recipients of the awards are those who have used their vision to foster enduring partnerships between cultural and private sectors to support the arts.
The Creative Partnerships Awards announced the winners including Arts Leadership to Richard Gill AO, whose humble beginnings as a music teacher led him to become a world-renowned composer. His advocacy for music education has seen him working closely with students from Darwin, Armidale, New Zealand and as far as rural China. Adrian Fini got the Business Leadership award for being at the forefront of delivering affordable housing and exciting urban spaces to Western Australians for over thirty years.
Emerging Philanthropist award had joint winners Mark Rubbo and Beau Neilson while the Philanthropy Leadership went to Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax who have a significant and enduring legacy of philanthropy for the arts.
"The general public were invited to nominate individuals by answering a few simple questions to determine whether they fit this year’s criteria. Nominees were chosen from across the country for their leadership, advocacy and continuing commitment to supporting the arts. The winners were determined by the Creative Partnerships Australia Board,” said an executive of the event. “The awards embrace the legacy of the Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards, which celebrated excellence in partnerships and private sector support to the arts for more than a decade.”
Creative Partnerships CEO Fiona Menzies said, “Australia’s arts landscape is truly one of the best in the world. But a vibrant, sustainable and diverse arts culture like ours calls for enduring support from all levels of government, business and individuals who share a vision and passion for the arts.”
“Each of the winners for this year’s awards have been selected not only for their contribution to arts partnerships, but also because of their passion for the arts and their desire to encourage others to share in that passion. I congratulate them on their commitment and leadership in supporting the arts,” she added.
The role of Creative Partnerships is to create a culture of private sector support for the arts. We aim to grow the culture of giving, investment, partnership and volunteering, bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians.