Eight leading artists' contribution to Australia's innovative creative culture were acknowledged as recipients of the 2017 Australia Council Awards.
This prestigious award recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by individuals working in their specific sector.
Artistic Director Stephen Page has been honoured with the Australia Council Dance Award. Stephen has created transformative works across many genres, including dance, opera and theatre, including major events such as the Indigenous Sections of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He has mentored and created opportunities for countless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and youth, and has been a champion of social justice for Indigenous people. You can read his full biography here.
Stephen Page says of the honour: “I am always so humbled when recognised for my creative professional being and I truly believe I have one of the most fortunate and privileged position in our arts industry.”
“This prestigious award reaffirms the importance of our culture and our dance stories. Thanks must go to all the incredible artists who have worked by my side over the years – my brothers, my Bangarra family who are with me every day in the studio, and the many cultural consultants we have worked with along the way.”
The full list of 2017 Australia Council Award recipients are:
Kate Grenville (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature
Lyn Williams OAM (NSW) – Don Banks Music Award
Stephen Page (NSW) – Australia Council Dance Award
Madeleine Flynn (VIC) – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award
Susan Cohn (VIC) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award
Rosemary Myers (SA) – Australia Council Theatre Award
Steve Mayer-Miller (QLD) – Ros Bower Award
Ali Kadhim (NSW) – Kirk Robson Award
Federal Minister for the Arts Senator The Hon. Mitch Fifield congratulated all the 2017 award recipients and said these impressive artists are at the forefront of their chosen practice and are well-deserving of these prestigious awards.
“Honing their craft over many years, these diverse artists are committed to their practice, playing an important and innovative role, pushing boundaries to challenge audiences here and abroad,” Minister Fifield said.
Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AO congratulated the Award recipients and said these leading artists have been honoured for representing the finest artistic traditions and cultural expressions in their area of practice. “These awards are an important way of acknowledging the role of artists in the life of our communities, and many of the past recipients have said how meaningful it was to be nominated by their peers,” Mr Myer said.“Widely respected both here and abroad in their art forms, the 2017 Australia Council Award recipients join a distinguished group of artists who are wonderful ambassadors for Australian art,” Mr Myer said.
For more information about the award recipients : http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news/events/australia-council-awards/awa