Rewarding NSW creativity
17 February 2017
NSW is home to a wealth of creative talent working across a diverse range of creative endeavours. Creative industries services exports were worth around $2.8 billion to NSW in 2015-16 and accounted for around 71% of the nation’s total creative services exports, the highest share in more than 10 years. It is estimated that some 200,000 people work in the creative industries in NSW.
To recognise the importance of the creative industries and the talent it fosters, the NSW Government each year sponsors the NSW Creative Achievement Awards. These awards seek to highlight both established and emerging talent within the industry, and serve to promote NSW’s creative credentials to the rest of the world.
The NSW Government this week called for the state’s brightest creative talent to nominate for the 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards, with nominations to close on Sunday 9 April.
2017 Creative Achievement Awards
This year’s awards will be held on 14 June at the Museum of Contemporary Art during Vivid Sydney. The awards comprise two main categories.
The 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 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has shown originality and innovation and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This award offers a prize of $15,000.
Last year's NSW Creative Laureate award went to both Museum of Contemporary Art Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Sydney arts and cultural venue Carriageworks, with the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award awarded to artist and author Dr Lisa Cooper.
Other past NSW Creative Laureates include digital animation and visual effects company Animal Logic and creative firm Saatchi & Saatchi.
Developing a thriving creative environment
In 2013 the NSW Government appointed the Creative Industries Taskforce to lead the development of the vision, long-term strategy and actions positioned to drive the growth of the creative industries over the subsequent decade.
The aim of the Taskforce was to strengthen the NSW Government’s approach to arts and cultural investment, provide a foundation for the continued development of the state’s cultural institutions, other NSW arts and cultural organisations and artists, and identify ways to support participation in arts and cultural activities. The result was the development of the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan to help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries by recognising, promoting and showcasing excellence through seeding the establishment of these awards.
The NSW Creative Achievement Awards were instituted in 2014 to support the recommendations in the Action Plan.
For more information visit 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.