Performing arts benefactors get gongs

AMPAG congratulates all the people who were acknowledged in the Australia Day honours awards—especially those wonderful benefactors and activists in the performing arts.

Performing arts benefactors get gongs


Mark Barnaba, Chair of Black Swan Theatre Company since 2013, was awarded an AM for his significant service to the investment banking and financial sectors, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.

Joan and Peter Clemenger were acknowledged with AOs for distinguished service to the visual and performing arts as a benefactor, patron and supporter, and through philanthropic contributions to a range of charitable organisations, and to the community.

Both have been supporters of The Australian Ballet for many years, including the ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2012. They also support the Melbourne Theatre Company, commissioning over 21 plays since 2006.

Joan also supports Orchestra Victoria and Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director at the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Brian White, member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro's Circle (the Brian and Rosemary White Chair of Principal Double Bass) and patron and support since 1997, received an AO for distinguished service to business through leadership in the real estate, professional services and property industries, and to the arts as a patron, supporter and donor.

Hugh Mackay has also been acknowledged with an AO for distinguished service to the community in the areas of social research and psychology, as an author and commentator, and through roles with visual and performing arts and educational organisations.

Hugh has been a member of Bell Shakespeare's Arts Advisory Committee since 2006.

Ashley Arbuckle, currently Emeritus Principal with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, received an AM for service to the performing arts as an artistic director and classical musician.


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