The state’s brightest creative talents are urged to nominate now for the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards before the closing date of 16 March.
(L - R) 2017 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award winners Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born with NSW Creative Laureate Award winners Felix Crawshaw and Dane Maddams from Plastic Wax at the 2017 Creative Achievement Awards. Image supplied.
The NSW Government-supported Creative Achievement Awards will celebrate and reward the state’s outstanding creative industries achievements.
There are three award categories open for nomination – the NSW Creative Laureate; the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award; and a NSW Young Creative Award.
The NSW Creative Laureate will recognise a candidate who has made a significant contribution to increasing the industry’s global profile. The 2018 winner will join a roll call of past prestigious winners including Plastic Wax, Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, and Animal Logic.
With a $15,000 prize, the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award will recognise an individual, team or organisation that has shown originality and innovation and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW creative industries.
For the first time this year, a NSW Young Creative Award will recognise contributions made by those aged up to 25 with the winner to get mentoring to the value of $3,000.
Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the winners will be announced in June at an awards night in Sydney.
‘Our creative industries are significant drivers of innovation, jobs and economic growth and deserve strong recognition,’ he said.
‘There’s so much diversity – from visual and performing arts including dance, music and theatre, to digital and traditional media including film, television, radio, web design, publishing and advertising, and even architecture.
‘Creative industries are also big business for NSW, employing around 212,600 people – around 42% of Australia’s creative workforce.’
Leading fashion label Romance Was Born's Anna Plunkett said winning the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award last year helped them access new markets.
‘This award has opened new doors in areas we would not have expected for our business. It’s great for brands to receive industry recognition and it's super important they are supported in this way to grow awareness,’ Plunkett said.
Nominate before the closing date of Friday 16 March at http://nswciawards.com.au/