Media Release: Local arts and culture initiatives recognised at Awards ceremony

14 November 2012

Aboriginal music and touch screen story telling initiatives, pop up art spaces, and new and improved cultural facilities are just some of the inspiring and innovative Local Government arts and culture projects recognised at a special awards ceremony today.

President of the Local Government Association of NSW, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said 23 councils from across the state were acknowledged at the 2012 Local Government Arts & Culture Awards held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

“The 2012 Local Government Arts & Culture Awards were hotly contested with 116 entries across 23 categories and five themes, which focused on arts and culture leadership, development, participation, facilities and interdisciplinary projects,” said Cr Rhoades.

“The successful councils are as diverse as their award-winning initiatives, showing that it doesn’t matter if you come from the country or the city, the coast or inland; culture and art are important to all communities,” he said.

“In fact, many of the arts and cultural projects recognised today are about connection – connection to community, connection to creativity, connection to Aboriginal heritage, connection to cultural heritage.”

President of the Shires Association of NSW, Cr Ray Donald, said if culture is defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts, then ‘local’ cultural activities and projects give our communities a strong sense of identity and help to build cohesion.

“With the growing prominence and celebration of art and culture in society, councils are realising the benefits of engaging their communities through art and culture initiatives – be it installing public artworks, holding culturally specific events or supporting ‘pop up’ art spaces.

“To encourage and recognise smaller rural and regional councils involved in the arts and culture sector, an award for each of the five themes were presented to a number of councils with populations of 20,000 or less,” said Cr Donald.

These included:

·         Developing Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000) – Hay Shire Council

·         Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000) – Tumut Shire Council

·         Leading Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000) – Narrabri Shire Council

·         Places for Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000) – Blayney Shire Council

·         Participation in Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000) – Cooma-Monaro Shire Council.

Building on the dedicated and passionate work carried out by delegates at the two-day Local Government Arts & Culture Summit, President Donald said this awards ceremony is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding efforts and commitment of councils, as often their hard work and dedication goes unnoticed.

The ten sponsors of the inaugural Local Government Arts and Culture Summit & Awards are: Powerhouse Museum (venue sponsor); State Library of NSW; Department of Family and Community Services; Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW; Museums & Galleries NSW; Accessible Arts NSW; Arts and Health Australia; Young People and the Arts Australia; Indent, a program of MusicNSW; and Music In Communities Network, a program of the Music Council of Australia.

A full list of the 2012 Local Government Arts & Culture Award winners is below.

Media Enquiries
Cr Ray Donald                                President, Shires Association: 0438 699 910
Cr Keith Rhoades, AFSM              President, Local Government Association: 0408 256 405
Alexandra Power                            LGSA Senior Media Officer: 0408 603 093

 

2012 Local Government Arts & Culture Award winners

AWARD CATEGORY

INITIATIVE TITLE

COUNCIL

Developing Arts and Culture: Festivals and Events

2011 Festival of Mosman

Mosman Municipal Council

Developing Arts and Culture: Heritage, History, Keeping Place and Museum Initiatives

The Sustainable Collections Project

Orange City Council

Developing Arts and Culture: Libraries and Literature

South-West Zone Digital Library

Wagga Wagga City Council

Developing Arts and Culture: Performing Arts Initiatives

April's Fool

Cessnock City Council

Developing Arts and Culture: Visual Arts, Arts Centre and Gallery Initiatives

Niu Warrior 2011 - Presenting Pacific Culture

Liverpool City Council

Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Arts and Health Initiatives

Orange Regional Gallery At Orange Health Service

Orange City Council

Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Cultural Tourism

Kamilaroi Stories Touch Screen

Narrabri Shire Council

Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Developing Creative and Cultural Industries

Pop Up Parramatta

Parramatta City Council

Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Environmental Arts Initiatives

On The Dreaming Tracks - Duck River Project

Auburn City Council

Leading Arts and Culture: Building Capacity of the Arts and Cultural Sector

Building Capacity Of The Arts And Cultural Sector

Marrickville Council

Leading Arts and Culture: Creative Community Engagement and Collaboration

The Loft Special Projects and Outreach Program

Newcastle City Council

Leading Arts and Culture: Cultural Policy

Rockdale City Council Public Art Policy & Strategy

Rockdale City Council

Leading Arts and Culture: Integrated Cultural Planning

The Future Of Penrith, Penrith Of The Future Project

Penrith City Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Development

The Blacktown Arm Band

Blacktown City Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Accessibility in the Arts

Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble

Lane Cove Municipal Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Creative Ageing

Granny Graffiti

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Regional Arts

Secret Places: The Connections Project

Griffith City Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Young People and the Arts

2011 Casula For Kids Festival

Liverpool City Council

Places for Arts and Culture: Improved Cultural Facility

Re-Purposing A Heritage Item To Enhance Cultural Development Opportunities

The Council of the Shire of Hornsby

Places for Arts and Culture: New Cultural Facility

The Concourse

Willoughby City Council

Places for Arts and Culture: Public Art and Place Making

Hawthorne Canal Community Artwork

Leichhardt Municipal Council

Enduring Staff Contribution to Arts and Culture

Josephine Bennett, Manager Culture and Recreation

Marrickville Council

Developing Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000)

History In The Making

Hay Shire Council

Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000)

Riverina Highlands Dramatic Minds Festival

Tumut Shire Council

Leading Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000)

Fractured Fairy Tales

Narrabri Shire Council

Places for Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000)

Blayney Shire Community Centre

Blayney Shire Council

Participation in Arts and Culture: Division A (population 0 - 20,000)

Men's Group Portrait Murals

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council