2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

On 6 June 2016 the winners of the 2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards were announced.

2016 NSW Creative Laureate winners


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.

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.

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.


ASPECT Studios

ASPECT Studios

ASPECT Studios is an internationally awarded design firm of innovative, influential city-shaping leaders.  ASPECT Studio’s sequence of multi-award winning projects - One Central Park, The Goods Line, UTS Alumni Green and Darling Quarter form a backbone for renewal, reinvigorating an area attracting more than 80,000 tertiary students, locals and millions of visitors.  ASPECT Studios’ design process is focused on expressing the essential qualities of place, the landscape, history, social rituals and cultural significance.  In designing places people want to be, ASPECT Studios is contributing to the vision for a global, connected and vibrant city.

Vince Frost

Vince Frost, Graphic designer

Vince Frost is a globally recognised and awarded designer. Having started his graphic design career in London in the 1990s, he achieved a global reputation by his late twenties. Today, based in Sydney, Australia he runs an internationally focused creative ideas business called Frost* Collective. Vince has been an international ambassador for the design industry and the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Sydney Opera House. He has art directed and designed notable books and magazines and worked with leading arts and cultural organisations, governments and blue-chip businesses. Vince believes that design has the power to positively transform not just business, but our personal lives.

NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award

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.


Ample Projects

Ample Projects

Since launching Ample Projects two and a half years ago, Nicholas Tory and Lucy Keeler have become a multi-award winning creative direction partnership. From sound reactive cicada sculptures and a stop-motion human fountain to 3D animated storytelling projection on heritage-listed trees. Nicholas Tory, Lucy Keeler have a strong history of making art the old way while driving the creative application of new technology to create thought provoking visual stories. Vivid Sydney 2016 features 4 animated projection installations and 45 light sculptures by Nick, Lucy and their team.

Frugal Arts Inc

Frugal Arts

Frugal Arts is a group of artists, scientists, craftspeople and educators who banded together to champion the potential of the precious resources that we treat as disposable. The Frugal Forest was a three-year creative project that drew in over 1,100 participants across the Mid North Coast of NSW. The result? An intricately detailed forest made entirely from stuff that was headed to landfill, where every niche in an endlessly sustainable ecosystem is represented and even the soundscape is created using everyday junk. The Frugal Forest, now on regional tour, incorporates films and educational tools and has had record attendance in every venue.

Genevieve Clay-Smith

Genevieve Clay-Smith

Genevieve is a millennial with a portfolio career that spans the film industry, not for profit space and advertising. She is co-founder of Taste Creative, a creative agency based in Sydney and she is the co-founder and Executive Director of not for profit Bus Stop Films. She's an award-winning writer/director, was the 2015 NSW Young Australian of the year and winner of the 2014 100 Women of Influence, Young Leader award. She recently took out B&T's 2015 Women in Media award for creative and she has been named by MTV as one to watch.

Lucy Humphrey

Lucy Humphrey

Lucy Humphrey is an award winning emerging architect and artist, and director of Lucy Humphrey Studio. Founded in 2009, the studio works across diverse projects spanning from residential and public architecture to sculpture and installation. Humphrey is also co-founder of the non-profit Archrival with Claire McCaughan, which specialises in collaborative and interdisciplinary design. The focus is an innovative use of materials, highly site-specific responses and the intersection between art and architecture. Humphrey’s work has been showcased at Sculpture by the Sea and the Venice International Biennale of Architecture. In 2015 she was Event Co-Director for the Sydney Architecture Festival and received the Sculpture by the Sea People’s Choice Prize in Aarhus (Denmark).

Renew Newcastle

Renew Newcaslte

Renew Newcastle connects people with spaces, supporting a neighbourhood of creative entrepreneurs to incubate their endeavours in the public arena. Established by Marcus Westbury to bring life back into Newcastle’s urban centre, it has strengthened the local creative community to a point where artistic culture is a leading player in the city’s journey of rejuvenation. Its success relies on a mutually beneficial agreement offering unused spaces for minimal rent, in return improving the appeal of the space for a paying tenant. The Renew Newcastle model has been the inspiration for empty space revitalisation schemes across the country, and internationally.

Judging panel

The finalists and winners of the 2016 awards were decided by the following creative industries representatives:

  • Barry Keldoulis - CEO, Art Fairs Australia & Creative Director, Art Month Sydney 2016
  • Bem Le Hunte - Course Director, Creative Intelligence and Innovation, University of Technology
  • Liane Rossler - Artist, Designer, Curator and Creative Advisor
  • Mike Spirkovski - Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Australia
  • Jennifer Wilson - Director, The Project Factory
  • Fiona Winning - Head of Programming, Sydney Festival