Artists and arts workers reveal their personal arts heroes

The mentors, friends and colleagues who inspire us deserve to be acknowledged – so let’s take a moment to do just that, in this nationwide celebration of our arts heroes.
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Artists and arts workers are regularly called upon to promote themselves or their company’s work. Less often do we get to celebrate and publicise our mentors or the artists we admire; individuals whose work and commitment we love and respect.

Here, a range of practitioners from around the country acknowledge their own personal arts heroes – individuals they admire for a range of reasons, whether for their creativity and skill, their drive, or their compassion.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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