Creativity, innovation and dedication have been rewarded in the annual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards, one of the richest and most coveted awards in the performing arts in Australia.

The winners of the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced by Ian Scobie AM, Director, Art Projects Australia at the Adelaide Festival on Monday 4 March.

The winners for the 2018 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are Bleach Festival (Qld) – Group Award; Genevieve Lacy (Melb) – Individual Award and Annette Downs (Tas), Facilitator’s Prize.

Group Award ($90,000) – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast

Bleach Festival has transformed the arts on the Gold Coast. It has made a major contribution to the performing arts in Australia by filling a critical void in the nation’s sixth largest City. Through Bleach, the Gold Coast now has a growing sector of artists who are inspired to make distinctive, daring and unique art that crosses form and responds to unique Australian landscapes. Bleach in its short history is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs and has attracted close to 1 million people since inception.

Individual Winner ($60,000) – Genevieve Lacey, Melbourne

Genevieve Lacey is an acclaimed musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people.  She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.

Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000) – Annette Downs, Tasmania

Annette Downs is Senior Producer for Tasmania Performs.  She has ensured that artists in regional areas have a voice on local, national and international stages. For the past 27 years she has committed herself to raising the profile of Tasmanian companies and independent artists with exceptional results right across the sector. Most people won’t know her name because she works in the background ensuring the light always shines on the artists.

The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were established in 1984 by the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sidney Myer, a passionate advocate and great friend to the arts.