A visionary philanthropist and an Arts luminary with a track record of excellence, have been announced joint winners of the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Ruby Awards. In addition, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra won the award for Sustained Contribution by an Organisation or Group.
The awards, which celebrate the best of South Australia’s arts and culture, were attended by 400 people at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studio in Hindley Street.
Rob Brookman, the soon-to-retire Executive Director of the State Theatre Company South Australia, has worn dozens of hats throughout his distinguished career in the Arts.
He was Artistic Director of the 1992 Adelaide Festival when he also founded Australia’s leading world music festival WOMADelaide and remained as Artistic Director until 1999.
For eleven years from 1999 – 2010 Rob was General Manager of Australia’s leading theatre company, Sydney Theatre Company.
In his four years at the State Theatre Company, the number of performances has almost doubled, attendances have increasing by close to 50 per cent, and he has delivered a string of box office records and three successive annual surpluses. He was awarded an AM for his services to the arts in 2010.
Ulrike Klein who migrated from Germany in 1983, co-founded the acclaimed Jurlique skin care label, before turning her considerable talents and determination to her dual passions of music and nature in the creation of UKARIA Cultural Centre at Ngeringa in the Adelaide Hills.
Ulrike realised her vision last year when the UKARIA Cultural Centre, with its 220-seat concert hall purpose-built for chamber music, was opened.
UKARIA has attracted national and international artists, is known for its exquisite acoustics and has a growing reputation for curating and programming a distinctive program of performances all year round.
“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Ruby Awards. It’s great to be able to pause briefly and pay tribute to the engine room of our arts and cultural sector”, said Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling.
State Theatre Company South Australia’s Gorgon: State Educational Regional Tour 2016 was also a winner in the Award category for Community or Regional Impact over $100,000.
A full list of nominees and winners can be found here