2016 Australia Council Awards

The Australia Council Awards recognise the significant achievements and contribution an artist has made to the vibrancy of Australian arts. Past recipients include some of our most eminent artists, acknowledging their critical role in the arts and cultural life of the nation. 

This diverse and impressive group embody the kind of artistic and cultural ambition the Australia Council is committed to supporting. These prestigious national awards combine long-standing lifetime and outstanding achievements in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, visual arts, theatre, dance, and emerging and experimental arts.

On March 10, the 2016 Australia Council awards honoured eight distinguished Australian artists who have made an exceptional contribution to the arts over many years.  

T​​he 2016 Australia Council Award recipients are:

  • David Malouf AO (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature
  • Brett Dean (Vic) – Don Banks Music Award
  • Richard Bell (Qld) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award
  • Kelli McCluskey (WA) – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award
  • Lucy Guerin (Vic) – Australia Council Dance Award
  • Yaron Lifschitz (Qld) – Australia Council Theatre Award
  • Lily Shearer (NSW) – Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)
  • Nathan Stoneham (Qld) – Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development)​
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