The South Australian Ruby Awards, also known as the Ruby Awards, are annual awards which recognise outstanding achievement in South Australia’s arts and culture sector. They were named in honour of arts champion Dame Ruby Litchfield (1912–2001) .
History and description
The Ruby Awards were introduced in 2006 by the Government of South Australia, named in honour of the late arts patron Dame Ruby Litchfield. She was the first woman appointed to the Board of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, a founder member of Festival City Broadcasters, and a board member of numerous other organisations, including the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the South Australian Housing Trust and the Carclew Youth Performing Arts Centre.
Since the year of inception, they have grown in number from eight to twelve.
|Best Work or Event||Honk If You Are Jesus, State Theatre Company South Australia||Ikara – The Meeting Place, Tony Rosella, sculptor||When the Rain Stops Falling, Brink Productions||2008 OzAsia Festival|
|Community Impact (Under $100,000)||SALA Festival
(2006 Award program included one single award for Community Impact regardless of budget)
|South Australian History Week||OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival||Seniors on Screen, Media Resource Centre|
|Community Impact (Over $100,000)||Bundaleer Forest Weekend||2007 Feast Festival||Port Augusta Re-Imagines|
|Innovation||Devolution, Australian Dance Theatre||Electro Acoustic Project, Zephyr Quartet||Trouble on Planet Earth, The Border Project||3xperimentia: Live Cut|
|Leadership in Arts Enterprise||Special projects under development, Craig Andrae||Fringe Benefits||Adelaide Festival Centre – Scenery and Engineering Workshops||The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy 2009 World Tour, Slingsby|
|Sustained Contribution by an Organisation||JamFactory Craft and Design||State Theatre Company South Australia||Adelaide Repertory Theatre||Patch Theatre Company|
|Sustained Contribution by an Individual||N/A||Leigh Warren||Timothy Sexton||Jane Hylton|
|Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement||Frank Ford AM||Anthony Steel AM||Kym Bonython AO DFC AFC||Fiona Hall|
The Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award was introduced in honour of actor and director Geoff Crowhurst (23 March 1951 – 4 July 2009).
|Winners 2010 – 2013|
|Best Event||Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival 2009||The Adelaide International Cello Festival 2011||Barrio, Adelaide Festival||Turner from the tate: The Making of a Master, Art Gallery of South Australia|
|Best Work||Man Covets Bird, Slingsby||Life in Movement, Closer Productions||School Dance, Windmill Theatre||Pinocchio, Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company South Australia|
|Community Impact (Under $100,000)||Out of the Glass Case: The APY Lands Road Show||Out Blak Adventures||About Time: South Australia's History Festival, History SA||Auburn Courthouse Cultural Centre, HATS Inc (Heritage, Arts and Traditions)|
|Community Impact (Over $100,000)||Windmill Theatre and Mimili Anangu Partnership||COME OUT Festival 2011 Opening Parade||The Spirit Festival, Tandanya||Just Add Water: 2012 Regional Centre of Culture, Country Arts SA and Alexandrina Council|
|Innovation||The Mystery of Flying Kicks, Closer Productions||CACSA Contemporary 2010: The New New||I Am Not an Animal, The Border Project||If There Was a Colour Darker Than Black I'd Wear It, Rising Damp, Illuminart and Country Arts SA|
|Arts Enterprise||Format Festival 2010||Gray Street Workshop||Tuxedo Cat Theatre, Cassandra Tombs and Bryan Lynagh||Illuminart Productions Pty Ltd|
|Sustained Contribution by an Organisation||Restless Dance Theatre||Adelaide Chamber Singers||Carclew Youth Arts||Adelaide Cabaret Festival|
|Sustained Contribution by an Individual||Mary Moore||Stephen Phillips||Garry Stewart||Geoff Cobham|
|Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award||Margie Fischer||Pat Rix||Cath Cantlon||Ollie Black|
|Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement||Marjorie Fitz-Gerald OAM||Michael Morley||Robyn Archer||Milton Moon|
|Winners 2014 – 2017|
|Best Event||Dark Heart: 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia||SALA Festival 2014||Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia||2017 Adelaide Festival|
|Best Work||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, Memorial artists Lee-Ann Buckskin, Tony Rosella and Michelle Nikou, sculptor Robert Hannaford and bronze caster Tim Thomson||The Philip Glass Trilogy, State Opera of South Australia||Girl Asleep, A Windmill Theatre Co and Soft Tread Enterprises’ film||Saul – Adelaide Festival|
|Community Impact (Under $100,000)||Sons & Mothers, No String Attached Theatre of Disability, written and directed by Alirio Zavarce||Barngarla Stories of Resilience, Nexus Arts||Desert Fringe, Adelaide Fringe||Creating Coonalpyn – Coorong District Council|
|Community Impact (Over $100,000)||Pom Pom: Children's Contemporary Art Space, Carclew and Playford Communities for Children Plus||Adelaide Writers' Week, Adelaide Festival||Gorgon: State Educational Regional Tour 2016, State Theatre Company South Australia||SALA Festival 2016|
|Innovation||ADHOCRACY, Vitalstatistix||Music for Strings and iThings, Zephyr Quartet||Girl Asleep, A Windmill Theatre Co and Soft Tread Enterprises’ film.||Intimate Space – Restless Dance Theatre|
|Arts Enterprise||Bowerbird – Adelaide's Design Market||Fifth Quarter, Carclew's business incubator||Adelaide Symphony Orchestra||N/A|
|Sustained Contribution by an Organisation||Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts||Australian Dance Theatre||Adelaide Symphony Orchestra||Tutti Arts|
|Sustained Contribution by an Individual||Shane McNeil||Grant Hancock||Sally Chance||Margie Fischer|
|Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award||Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko||Edwin Kemp Attrill||Lee-Ann Buckskin||Alysha Herrmann|
|Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement||Robert Hannaford||Yvonne Koolmatrie||Rob Brookman and Ulrike Klein ( Jointly awarded )||Ian Scobie AM|
|People's Choice Award||N/A||N/A||A Kid Like Me – True North Youth Theatre Ensemble||2017 UneARTh Festival Whyalla – City of Whyalla and Adelaide Fringe|
The 2018 South Australian Ruby Award significantly reshaped the award categories, including individual categories names in honour of the late Kaurna elder Stephen Goldsmith (the Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artistic and cultural achievement) and local arts icon Frank Ford (the Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award), both of whom who died in the same year.
|2018 Finalists (Winners in bold)|
|Best Work or Event Within a Festival||
|Best Work or Event Outside a Festival||
|Best Work, Event or Project for Young People||
|Best Regional or Community Event or Project||
|Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group|
|Made in Adelaide Award (for outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside of SA by a local show; not to be confused with the Adelaide Fringe Made in Australia Award)|
|Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award||Major Moogy Sumner (founder of Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group)|
|Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award||Nicholas Carter (Principal Conductor, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)|
|Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award||Nick O’Connor, Director, Northern Sound System|
|People's Choice Award||True North Youth Theatre Ensemble|
|Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement||Alison Milyika Carroll, Indigenous artist and community leader at Ernabella/Pukatja|
The 2019 Ruby Awards will be held at Queens Theatre on Friday 29 November. All winners receive a bespoke, ruby-coloured glasswork designed and made at the JamFactory, and a new prize for Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement was established: a gold nameplate on a seat in the Festival Theatre. The People's Choice Award established in 2017 was not offered.
|2019 Finalists (Winners in bold)|
For the best festival of the year.
|Best Work or Event Within a Festival
For the best performance, work, production or event of the year presented as part of a festival program.
|Best Work or Event Outside a Festival
For the best performance, work, production or event of the year not presented as part of a festival program.
|Best Work, Event or Project for Young People
For the best performance, work, production, event or initiative of the year aimed specifically at young people.
|Best Regional or Community Event or Project
For the best artistic or cultural event, project or initiative of the year that had a significant positive impact on a community or region in South Australia.
|Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by a small to medium arts organisation or group receiving no funding, or less than $1 million in funding, from Arts South Australia.
|Made in Adelaide Award
For outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside of SA by a local show (not to be confused with the Adelaide Fringe Made in Australia Award)
|Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused organisation or group, or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual working in any area of the arts.
|Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an individual aged under 35, working in any area of the arts.
|Winner: Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Highly Commended: Anton Andreacchio
|Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award
Recognizing an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community cultural development.
|Winner: Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams
Highly Commended: Ann Newmarch
|Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement
Recognising an individual who has made a remarkable, long-standing contribution to arts and culture
|Paul Blackwell and David Gulpilil|
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