ArtsHub Awards 2012 Winners & JudgesPast WinnersTerms and Conditions Congratulations to the winners of the ArtsHub Awards 2012. Building on the success of last year's inaugural ArtsHub Awards, the 2012 awards attracted many nominations from across the country in a huge range of art forms. This year's awards include additional categories for young and emerging artists, as well as awards for innovation and community contribution. The awards recognise both individuals and organisations judged by both industry critics (Critics' Choice) and popular vote (People's Choice). Critics' Choice Awards The Critics' Choice Awards were judged by an independent panel from within the broader arts community. The winners are: The Youth Arts Award Animate Me - Zhen (VIC) Zhen accepts her award for Animate Me Zhen's interactive drawing performances capture the activity and movement she sees around her. Her artistic interpretations of these activities are streamed live to allow participants and spectators to witness her drawing as it unfolds and evolves. Emerging Artist Award for an Individual Moving Over Shoreline - Sarah-Mace Dennis (QLD) Sarah Mace Dennis accepts her award for Moving over the Shoreline Created for the new Queensland Multicultural Centre, Moving over the Shoreline is a permanent public projection work inspired by narratives associated with Yungaba house: Brisbane's purpose-built nineteenth-century immigration depot. The Emerging Company Award for a group or small company Lady Sings it Better – Blackcat Productions (New South Wales) Phoebe Meredith accepts the award for Lady Sings it Better on behalf of blackcat productions Lady Sings it Better take songs written by the world’s most famous male musicians and reinvent them, exposing the misogyny of pop culture and telling stories about women. The Innovation Award for an individual Digital Narratives - Bronek Kozka (New South Wales) Bronek Kozka accepts his award for Digital Narratives Digital Narratives, adds to and builds on the continuing research into representations of memory and remembered moments, through the use of the tableau image as a printed image but also as an interactive Photosynth tableaux. The Innovation Award for a group, organisation or company It’s Dark Outside – Perth Theatre Company (Western Australia) Cast and crew members of It's Dark Outside accept the award on behalf of Perth Theatre Company Commissioned by Perth Theatre Company and created and performed by Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs, It’s Dark Outside is a heartfelt, grand epic Western about death, redemption and dementia. Contribution to the Australian arts community by an individual Ailan Kores – Erica Hart (Queensland) Erica Hart accepts her award for Ailan Kores Ailan Kores was a major community project bringing together a community choir from six islands in the Torres Strait. Performing with the Queensland Youth Orchestra and six soloists, a rich program of sacred music was created, blending a carefully researched mix of Western iconic music and traditional Torres hymns. Contribution to the Australian community by a group, organisation or company The Namatjira Project – Big hART Inc. (Tasmania) Andrew Viney and John Bakes accept the award for The Namatjira Project on behalf of Big hART Inc. Working directly with the relatives of Albert Namatjira from his Western Aranda homelands in the Central Australian Desert this compelling project tells the story of the life of the central desert painter People's Choice Awards The People's Choice Awards were voted upon by ArtsHub readers as well as fans and supporters of the shortlisted nominees. Thousands of votes were received, with the following winners receiving the most votes in their respective categories: The Youth Arts Award The Pride – Side Pony Productions (Western Australia) Gemma Pepper accepts the award for The Pride on behalf of Side Pony Productions Side Pony Productions is a small scale projected based company operating from Perth Western Australia that supports the productions of director Zoe Pepper. The Pride borrows from the drama of a lion's life mapping their social patterns onto human characters. It’s a dark comedy that looks at people’s readiness to forgive, even in the face of gross moral misconduct. Emerging Artist Award for an Individual Set design for Terrain by Bangarra Dance Theatre – Jacob Nash (New South Wales) Jacob Nash accepts his award for Set design for Terrain by Bangarra Dance Theatre Jacob Nash is an Aboriginal theatre designer, painter and film-maker. Coming to Bangarra in 2010 on an emerging artist grant, his remarkable creative journey during the last 2 years includes designing five works for Bangarra Dance Theatre including the sets for Terrain a show that explores the metamorphosis and timeless beauty that is Lake Eyre. The Emerging Company Award for a group or small company Lady Sings it Better – Blackcat Productions (New South Wales) Phoebe Meredith accepts the award for Lady Sings it Better on behalf of blackcat productions Lady Sings it Better take songs written by the world’s most famous male musicians and reinvent them, exposing the misogyny of pop culture and telling stories about women. The Innovation Award for an individual I had a Dream (words come easy...) – Andy Wear (Victoria) Andy Wear accepts his award for I had a Dream (words come easy...) By crumbing and pan-frying a Sidney Nolan drawing artist Andy Wear embraced media attention and forged a performative extension of the work to highlight our perception of artistic value, and, by default, re-engaging the centuries-old philosophical debate about ‘taste.’ The Innovation Award for a group, organisation or company Secret Places - The Connections Project - Outback Theatre for Young People (New South Wales) Mandy Field accepts the award for Secret Places: The Connections Project on behalf of Outback Theatre for Young People Secret Places: The Connections Project is theatrical pen-palling; the creation of new dynamic theatre works across large geographical, cultural and social differences. The project aimed to break down entrenched ideas of racism and cultural separateness by connecting young people from diverse backgrounds and geographically distant communities and engaging them to work on a joint creative process. Contribution to the Australian arts community by an individual Costume Design for Terrain by Bangarra Dance Theatre – Jennifer Irwin (New South Wales) Jennifer Irwin accepts her award for Costume Design for Terrain by Bangarra Dance Theatre Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 30 years constructing & designing costumes for drama, opera, film and in particular for dance & ballet. Her design of the costumes for Terrain was described as "masterful" by the Sydney Morning Herald. Contribution to the Australian community by a group, organisation or company No Added Sugar – Australian Muslim Women’s Arts Project - Casula Powerhouse Arts centre (New South Wales) Kierston Fishburn accepts the award for No Added Sugar – Australian Muslim Women’s Arts Project on behalf of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre An extensive national initiative, developed over a number of years, No Added Sugar’s principal goal was to support Australian Muslim women to engage their communities in the creation of artworks for a presentation outcome for all Australian communities to engage with. Judges Deborah Conway Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, from the mundane to the spiritual. Her powerful voice and presence has fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated; Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists. Conway has pursued a career of extra curricular activities alongside her core business of writing and performing her songs. These have included producing a national concert series called Broad of all female singer/songwriters and most recently taking on the role of Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival . Conway's QMF programs in 2009 and 2011 presented over 200 performances and events and sixty discreet productions including twenty new commissions that took place across the state of Queensland. Currently Conway is recording her 9th studio album with her partner Willy Zygier, due for release in early 2013. Lisa Dempster Lisa Dempster is the previous Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival and has just been announced as the new Director for the Melbourne Writers' Festival. She is responsible for delivering dynamic, diverse and accessible events to develop the skills and confidence of writers at all stages of their career; she is also the Founding Director of EWFdigital, an innovative online programming stream for writers. Lisa is a professional writer and editor with five book titles, including travel narrative Neon Pilgrim and The Melbourne Veg Food Guide. She is the former publisher at Vignette Press, and created the popular subcultural journal The Mook. Steven Maxwell Steven has been the Creative Producer for Markwell Presents since 2002 and his primary roles are the business management of the company, script writing & creative development, production management & marketing, filming and editing, workshop and residency facilitator. Since 2003, Steven has co-written and produced Loose Ends, What Simon Said, Of Love and Separation, Rocks in my Head, Advanced Screening 2010, The Social Me, Cents&Sensibility, and The YAiR Project 2011 & 2012. Steven has also worked as a cinematic theatre producer and visual designer for La Boite Theatre Company on Sex:Cubed, Strings under my Fingers and The White Earth, Sally McKenzie's Episodes, Zen Zen Zo's Sub-Con Warrior 2.0, QTC's August Moon, Motherboard on La Voix Humaine and. Steven is currently on the board of YPPA and chair of YAQ. Barry Strickland Barry Strickland has been freelancing as an independent consultant within the arts, culture, heritage and tourism arenas since 2000. He is formerly a Senior Project Officer with ArtsWA and a broadcaster with ABC Radio National. In 2011, Barry was Coordinating Producer for HELIX, a solo dance work created for Daryl Brandwood, which won three WA Dance Awards, and has been nominated for three Australian Dance Awards. Barry served for six years as a Perth International Arts Festival board member and currently serves on the boards of Artrage Inc, Deckchair Theatre and the WA Chamber for Arts and Culture. Simon Abrahams Simon Abrahams is Arts Centre Melbourne's Program Manager, Artistic Development, with responsibility for commissioning of new works, artist and artform development. Previously, Simon served as Executive Producer/General Manager and co-CEO of Polyglot Theatre, where he produced 17 international tours of Polyglot's works to the world's leading arts centres, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Royal National Theatre in London, the National Theatre of Korea as well as La Ji Da Bian Shen, a Chinese language co-production which premiered at the Chinese National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Prior to joining Polyglot, Simon worked at Gasworks Arts Park as Marketing and Development Manager and as a Producer, where his projects included the Art of Difference international conference and arts program. Simon has also worked at the Melbourne University Student Union at Union House Theatre, and was Festival Producer of Mudfest, Australia's leading student arts and cultural festival.