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Honouring philanthropy in the arts

The Creative Partnerships Awards recognise individuals who show leadership in philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to ensure a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

The 2019 Creative Partnerships Awards winners are:


David McAllister AM joined The Australian Ballet in 1983, was promoted to principal artist in 1989 and became Artistic Director in 2001. He has been a champion of both philanthropic and corporate support for the company, most notably for his leadership in increasing donor engagement and continuing the key corporate partnership with principle partner Telstra, now in its 35th year.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP | Joint winners – Ian Kew and Helen Carroll

Ian Kew is the Chief Executive Officer of Airport Development Group. A long-term supporter of the arts in the Northern Territory, in 2017 Ian was appointed Chair of the Darwin Festival. Since his appointment, Ian has secured significant business sponsorship for the festival, leading the event to two record-breaking years of attendance.

Helen Carroll is Curator of the Wesfarmers Collection of…
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