~ Celebrating the shining stars of South Australia's Arts and Cultural sector ~
The Ruby Awards are South Australia's premier event to honour the best of the state's arts and cultural industry.
Named after late arts patron Dame Ruby Litchfield, the annual awards recognise artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leadership.
All winners receive a bespoke, ruby-coloured glasswork designed and made at the JamFactory. The recipient of the prestigious Premier’s Award is also honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat in the Festival Theatre.
The 13th annual Ruby Awards were held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Queen's Theatre in Adelaide.
This year’s judging panel comprised eight key industry and media figures: Adelaide Fringe CEO and Director Heather Croall, Adelaide Festival Co-Artistic Director Rachel Healy, South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman, ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell, artist Gavin Wanganeen, President of Recitals Australia Mark de Raad, Channel Seven News presenter Jane Doyle and The Advertiser Arts and Entertainment Editor Jillian Attrill.
2018 Ruby Awards - Winners
WINNER: Adelaide Fringe 2018
Best Work or Event Within a Festival
WINNER: Hamlet – Adelaide Festival and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Adelaide Festival 2018)
Best Work or Event Outside a Festival
WINNER: Beep – Windmill Theatre Co
Best Community or Regional Event or Project
WINNER: AREA 53 – D’Faces of Youth Arts
Best Work, Event or Project for Young People
WINNER: Ngarrindjeri Yanun – Carclew Youth Arts
Made in Adelaide Award
WINNER: Backbone and A Simple Space – Gravity & Other Myths
Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group
Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award
WINNER: Nicholas Carter, Principal Conductor, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
(Pictured is Vincent Ciccarello, Managing Director, ASO)
Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award
WINNER: Major Moogy Sumner
Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award
WINNER: Nick O’Connor, Director, Northern Sound System
People’s Choice Award
WINNER: True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
WINNER: Alison Milyika Carroll
ABOUT THE RUBY AWARDS
Launched in 2006, the Ruby Awards are an annual celebration of South Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector.
They recognise artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leaders who have made a difference to the artistic and cultural life of South Australia.
The awards are named in honour of late arts patron Dame Ruby Litchfield, and are managed by Arts South Australia.
In 2018 the awards were revamped with new categories, expanding from 10 awards to 12. Read more about these changes here.
For a full list of past winners and finalists, click here.