Creative Partnerships Awards

The Creative Partnerships Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to Australia's cultural life by leaders who, through example and vision, have fostered enduring partnerships between the cultural and private sectors, and encouraged the spirit of giving to the arts.

The 2016 Awards will be hosted by James Valentine and held on the evening of 21 March in conjunction with Culture Business Sydney, a leading international conference for the arts and fundraising, featuring international speakers and experts and senior professionals from a range of cultural disciplines.

Four awards recognising leaders across the fields of arts, business and philanthropy will be presented to individuals at the Awards event, an exclusive cocktail function at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The awards are:

Philanthropy Leadership Award - for an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.  

Arts Leadership Award -
for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, an encouraging increased giving to the arts.

Business Leadership Award - for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.

Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award -  for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.

The new Creative Partnerships Awards embrace the legacy of the Australia Business Arts Foundation Awards, which for over a decade recognised and celebrated excellence in partnerships and private sector support for the arts. 

All previous Leadership Award winners (2001 to 2013) have been invited to nominate arts, business and philanthropy leaders for this year’s awards. This highly respected group are well placed to identify those who are making the most impact in the sector, and whose achievements are inspiring others to pursue meaningful partnerships.

Winners will be determined by the Creative Partnerships Australia Board and announced at the Awards event.

All registered delegates attending the Culture Business Sydney conference receive complimentary entry to the 2016 Awards.

Creative Partnerships Australia is the principal partner of Culture Business Sydney, to be held 22 and 23 March 2016. Find out more about the conference or purchase your tickets here

International speakers include:

Chris Denton - Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital Strategy at the Southbank Centre (London)
Miranda Carroll, Director of Communications at Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA (Los Angeles)
John Giuirini, Assistant Director for Public Affairs at The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)
Adele Parrilla, Head of Fundraising at Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris)
Juliette Sirinelli, Head of Fundraising at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris)
Jens Bley, Managing Partner, Living Labs (Germany)
Marieke Van Bommel, Director, MAS I (Antwerp)

Australian speakers include:

Kenneth W Watkins, Director of Philanthropy at The Australian Ballet
Katrina Strickland, Editor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine
Kate Dezarnaulds, Parternships Manager for TEDxSydney
Nick Adams, Director of CRM, Digital and Loyalty at Telstra
David Redhill, Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte
Damian Borchok, Founder of For the People Agency
Richard Woodward, Business Development Strategist

An up to date list of speakers is here. The full program will be announced in early 2016. 

More details of the Creative Partnerships Awards will be announced in early 2016.