2017 Australia Council Awards

The prestigious Australia Council Awards recognise the life-long and continued contributions by artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre and dance.

The 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 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 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.

The annual Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution of the individual Australian artists. Q&As with the 2017 recipients can be found on the Australia Council’s website along with past award recipients which include some of our most eminent artists.


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