Five leaders from Australia’s philanthropic, cultural and business landscape were celebrated late last month at the 2017 Creative Partnership Awards in Melbourne.
Five leaders from Australia’s philanthropic, cultural and business landscape were celebrated late last month at the 2017 Creative Partnership Awards in Melbourne. The Awards recognise those who have fostered enduring partnerships between the cultural and private sectors and encouraged the spirit of giving to the arts.
For the first time, members of the general public were invited to nominate this year’s award recipients, who then went on to be shortlisted by a panel of respected arts, business and philanthropy leaders.
Four awards were presented, with Sheena Boughen from Bermagui, NSW, receiving the Arts Leadership Award, Sydney’s Ian Narev from the Commonwealth Bank Group receiving the Business Leadership Award, Brisbane’s Joseph O’Brien took home the Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award, and Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron share the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
Private support now accounts for 10% of all arts funding in Australia, which has almost doubled in the past 10 years, increasing by 98% to account for $221 million. Further, cultural and creative activity contributes $86 billion (6.9%) to the country’s GDP every year.
CEO Fiona Menzies said, “Without arts, business and philanthropic sectors working together to champion our artists and art organisations the industry would suffer. This year’s Award winners have helped ensure a strong, diverse and sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.”
With 19 out of 20 Australians engaging with the arts, now has never been a better time to celebrate the spirit of giving within the sector.
Story Caitlin Muddle