2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

L-R Ally McLean, Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford, The Hon. Don Harwin, MLC, Minister for the Arts and Colleen Tighe-Johnson

On 12 June 2018 the winners of the 2018 Creative Achievement Awards were announced. The winners were decided by a judging panel from the creative industries.

NSW Creative Laureates

Winner

Aquarius Film Pty Ltd

Aquarious Films Pty Ltd

Aquarius Films is a Sydney-based production company which has built a reputation for high quality, prestige films and television series that are both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. The company is a creative partnership between award-winning filmmakers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford.

Finalists

ASPECT Studios

Aspect Studios

ASPECT Studios is a team of designers who specialise in landscape architecture, urbanism, and place creation. These innovative, city-shaping leaders are recognised internationally for their urban projects. Working across local, regional and international markets, they bring creative and influential thinking to deliver unique site-responsive projects. ASPECT Studios’ designs are based on ethical responsibility and an approach that embraces the ‘total landscape’—creating projects that improve the social, environmental and civic qualities of our cities and landscapes. The group seeks to enhance the lives of all people and natural systems in a long-lasting way.

Dr James Gardiner

Dr James Gardiner

James Gardiner is a Sydney-born sculptor, inventor and architect, working between professional boundaries to pioneer new technologies and change the way we build, design and create. Dr Gardiner is a pioneer in the field of construction 3D printing and is currently artist in residence at UNSW Art & Design. James lectures, exhibits and is published internationally, and his work is in the permanent collection at MAAS Sydney.

NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award

Winner

Colleen Tighe-Johnson

Colleen T Johnson

Colleen T Johnson is a Gomeroi fashion designer from rural NSW. Her Buluuy Mirrii designs harness the spirit of the Gomeroi Dreaming at haute couture international runways. In February and the autumn of 2017, Colleen showcased her designs in New York. Colleen was the first international Indigenous designer to showcase on the first day of PLITZS New York City Fashion Week. Her profoundly impacting social enterprise, Miyay Mirrii, delivers life-skills workshops to regional NSW Aboriginal youth.

Finalists

Milly Dent

Milly Dent

Milly Dent is a ceramic artist and designer based in Sydney. Her work reimagines daily dining routines and challenges the conventional expectations of tableware. She completed a Bachelor of Design at UNSW Art and Design, and lives and works in Darlinghurst at the City of Sydney’s Artist’s spaces. Milly sells and showcases her work locally and internationally in art stores and galleries in Australia, Japan, London and Singapore. Milly's mission is to put beautiful, innovative and interesting pieces of ceramic out into the world.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Sri Lankan-born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore the politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. While proceeding from an atheist perspective, he draws upon his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points in his vibrant sculptural practice, as well as a large range of sources including the internet, pornography, fashion and art history.

NSW Young Creative Talent Award

Winner

Ally McLean

Ally McLean

Ally McLean is a narrative game developer based out of Sydney. Ally is the Product Director at North Sydney development studio 3RD Sense as well as the director of women-in-games mentorship program The Working Lunch, with the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA). Most recently, Ally was the gamerunner on the award-winning, critically acclaimed narrative game Rumu—an exploration of love and artificial intelligence through the journey of a robot vacuum cleaner.

Finalists

Ryley Gillen

Ryley Gillen

Ryley Gillen is a Nowra-born trumpeter, conductor, tutor and artistic director. He is passionate about developing young musicians and promoting the performing arts in regional NSW. He began learning the trumpet at age 7, graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015 and regularly performs throughout the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Goulburn. In 2014 Ryley founded Illawarra On Pointe Productions, an orchestral and theatrical production company for aspiring performers.

Judging panel

The finalists of the 2018 awards were decided by a panel of judges from the creative industries on Monday 14 May:

  • Felix Crawshaw (Chair) - Executive Producer, Plastic Wax/2017 NSW Creative Laureate
  • Anne Dunn - Executive Director, Sydney Dance Company
  • Bethwyn Serow - Executive Director, Australian Major Performing Arts Group
  • Juliet Rogers - Chief Executive Officer, Australian Society of Authors
  • Libby Christie - Executive Director, The Australian Ballet
  • Louise Herron AM - Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House
  • Prof. Paul Egglestone - Head of School, School of Creative Industries, The University of Newcastle
  • Peter Wood - Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers
  • Sandra Chipchase - Chief Executive Officer, Destination NSW

Judges who participated in the assessment process but could not attend the meeting were:

  • Anna Plunkett: Co-founder and Co-owner, Romance Was Born and the 2017 Emerging Creative Talent
  • Attila Brungs – Vice Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney (UTS (UTS is the coordinating body of the Creative Industries Knowledge Hub)