2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

The New South Wales Creative Achievement Awards are a NSW Government initiative to recognise outstanding achievements that raise the global profile of NSW creative industries. There are two award categories NSW Creative Laureate and NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award.

The winner of the NSW Creative Laureate becomes the ambassador for the NSW creative industries for the year. Read about the work of the ambassador from Saatchi & Saatchi our 2015 winner.

2016 Winners

On 6 June 2016, the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy announced the winners of the 2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.

2016 NSW Creative Laureates

The 2016 judging panel determined that there needed to be two NSW Creative Laureates this year as both nominees met the selection criteria to an outstanding level.

2016 NSW Creative Laureate winners

Winner: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE

The panel has awarded Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE one of the two 2016 NSW Creative Laureates. The panel determined that Elizabeth Ann Macgregor demonstrated significant leadership and capability and has significantly increased the profile of NSW as a global creative centre. Since being appointed in 1999, her leadership has been pivotal in turning the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) into a financially viable, world renowned and thriving centre of creative excellence. Through her inspired and successful global engagement efforts, the significant sponsorships and partnerships that she has negotiated (Telstra, Qantas and Tate, London) and innovative programs that she has lead, she has directly supported and provided pathways for Australian and NSW contemporary artists to sell and showcase their work to the world. She is celebrated for her success in building new and future audiences for Australia’s contemporary arts and for driving programs that showcase the work of visual artists in western Sydney and regional NSW. She has also driven the MCA as a centre of excellence for new ideas and established the National Centre of Creative Learning and education programs which invest in the growth of the industry. The panel determined that Elizabeth Ann Macgregor embodies all the qualities of a NSW Creative Laureate to an outstanding level.

Winner: Carriageworks

The panel has awarded Carriageworks one of the two 2016 NSW Creative Laureates. The panel determined that Carriageworks exemplified significant leadership, capability and has contributed to increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries in a positive manner. The organisation demonstrated that it has skilfully balanced commercial, entrepreneurial and artistic imperatives to create a vibrant, dynamic and unique creative program and a Sydney urban experience for both local and international visitors. Its proven business and operational models enables programs that are intentionally bold and diverse, supported by a culture of partnership and collaboration. Its programs are supremely inclusive, reflecting the cultural and social demographic of Sydney and NSW. The organisation also supports industry development and fosters international opportunities. It enters into partnerships to facilitate access to markets and professional pathways that support existing and emerging artists. It also supports artists to take creative risks by, for example, providing multi-year support. The combined result of this work is an effective, highly regarded and highly visited contemporary arts and cultural institution and an outstanding 2016 candidate for the NSW Creative Laureate.

2016 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award

NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award Winner

Winner: Dr Lisa Cooper

The panel has awarded Dr Lisa Cooper the 2016 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award. Dr Lisa Cooper demonstrated that she met the selection criteria to a superior level. Her floral artistry is not only innovative but wildly imaginative and her skilful execution of ideas extended usual boundaries. The significant recognition and speed at which she has gained national and international prominence as an exemplary emerging and innovative artist has unquestionably made a positive impact in raising the global profile of NSW creative industries. The media coverage of her work includes appearances on national television, domestic and international press and, in addition to creating floral installations for clients, she has also exhibited in the National Art Gallery Australia, Paris and the V&A Museum in London. Dr Cooper also demonstratesinnovative leadership by building connections between the local flower growing industry and the arts. In recent months she launched her pioneering book ‘The Flowers’ in both Sydney and London in which she also showcases the horticulturalists that she is working with. The book is distributed in all major Australian galleries, as well as Colette in Paris and the V&A Museum in London. After just four years in business, she is now globally recognised as an innovative artist from Sydney, NSW.

The finalists

View the 2016 NSW Creative Achievement Award finalists.

About the awards

  • The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate recognises a candidate that has demonstrated significant leadership and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries. The award celebrates the very best of the state's creative talent. The winner becomes the ambassador for NSW creative industries for the year.
  • The NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award recognises a candidate considered emerging in their sector that has demonstrated leadership in originality and/or innovation and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW creative industries. This award offers support for future development with a cash prize of $15,000.

Terms and conditions

Sponsorship

For opportunities to sponsor the NSW Creative Achievement Awards, please read the Sponsorship Application form.

More information

The NSW Government committed to establishing these awards in response to a 2013 recommendation by the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce.

The taskforce was appointed to develop a 10-year action plan to help grow NSW creative industries. Read more about the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan and the Government’s response to the action plan.

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