Plastic Wax, Romance Was Born take top honours

Media release | 14 June 2017

A world-class Sydney animation studio and an innovative Australian fashion house have been named major winners at the 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.

Ben Franklin MLC said the Awards, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney tonight (14 June) celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.

“Creative industries are big business for NSW with services exports worth around $2.8 billion in 2015-16 and the sector a source of employment for some 200,000 people - more than 42 per cent of Australia’s total creative workforce.

“NSW is home to some of the world’s most creative talent and the NSW Creative Achievement Awards shine the spotlight on this industry,” he said.

Mr Franklin said internationally recognised animation and visual effects studio Plastic Wax was named as this year’s NSW Creative Laureate for its significant leadership, capability and influence over more than 20 years in the NSW creative industries.

“Our Judging Panel this year, which included Lisa Havilah – Director, Carriageworks (Chair) and past winner of the Laureate, Louise Olsen – Founder, Dinosaur Designs, Stephen Ormandy – Founder, Dinosaur Designs , Simon Mordant AM – Chair, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Stephen Payne – Manager, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Claudia Karvan – Actor/Producer had an incredibly tough job selecting winners from an outstanding list of finalists.

“Based in Sydney and established in 1997, Plastic Wax has been involved with the film animation industry for over 20 years. It is comprised of 55 artists and has an in-house 24 camera motion capture facility which the company uses to produce animation and visual effects, specialising in content for video games, film and television.

“Plastic Wax has won several awards with a range of work from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Tomb Raider, taking NSW animation talent to a global audience.”

Romance Was Born design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales won the $15,000 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award after the judging panel recognised their creative achievements both in Australia and internationally.

“What started off as a small Sydney fashion Label has now emerged as a highly regarded Australian fashion house, featured last year in Sax Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York, as well as in Paris Fashion Week,” Mr Franklin said.

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2017 Creative achievement award winners