Celebrating creative leaders in the arts across Australia.
The winners of the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards have been announced, with this year’s iteration expanding from three awards to eight.
In a bid to celebrate creative leaders from across the country and recognise the role the arts play in our national identity, this year’s awards acknowledge at least one individual, group or facilitator in each state and territory.
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As well as highlighting the work of the award winners, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards also provide direct financial support to artists and companies throughout Australia.
“The pandemic has been devastating for artists and everyone working in arts and culture in Australia. In light of that, the Sidney Myer Fund acted decisively to rethink how we present the Awards,” said Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund, Andrew Myer AM.
“Instead of Awarding the usual three annual prizes – the Group Award, the Individual Award and the Facilitator’s Prize – we elected to support eight prizes of $25,000 across the whole country, to celebrate the winners’ achievements and to recognise the role they play in affirming our country’s sense of self,” he said.
Over the course of its 38 years running, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards have awarded over $4 million.
This year’s recipients of the organisation awards are Queensland contemporary theatre, gallery, studio and arts space Metro Arts, Tasmanian performance and dance company Second Echo Ensemble, and Canberra-based community theatre The Street Theatre.
Winners within the facilitator and individual categories include composer, writer and broadcaster Andrew Ford (NSW), dance-theatre artist Sally Chance (SA), actress, voice-over artist, television presenter, public speaker, consultant, writer, director and producer Kylie Bracknell (WA), audio-visual artist Robin Fox (VIC), and theatre-maker Sean Pardy (NT).
In addition to their awards, each winner has received a prize of $25,000.
For more information, visit the Sidney Myer Foundation website.