Tasmanians Win National Business-arts Awards

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Tasmanians win two national business-arts awards

For the first time, two Tasmanian arts organisations and a Tasmanian business have won

national honours at the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards, presented in

Brisbane on the evening of Thursday 15 October.

The Awards were presented at Brisbane City Hall before an audience of 700 leaders of

business and the arts, including Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett. 

Tasmanian Regional Arts and RACT Insurance won the City of Brisbane Encouragement

Award, for a partnership where the business is making its first commitment to the arts. They

won for The Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize which engages young and emerging artists

through a portrait competition and exhibition toured throughout the state. 

The judges said: We are amazed that it was possible to activate this project across the

state so effectively. This partnership has resulted in compelling outcomes that stimulated

community and ownership.”

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra won the AbaF Giving Award. This award recognises

arts organisations that have developed successful giving campaigns. From a standing start,

the TSO has developed a valuable patrons program, consisting of devoted music-lovers who

provide donations to the TSO.

The judges said: “This is an intimate and comprehensive program that is well related to the

size of the Tasmanian market and the expectation of its donors. The program offers a wide

variety of donor benefits, and TSO staff work hard and very professionally to grow in a

restricted market. It has experienced strong financial growth; from humble beginnings it has

become self-generating. Bravo!”

All the winners are listed on the next page. Photos can be downloaded from

Media contact: Jane MacFarlane, Director AbaF – Tasmania 0421 744 218.


National winners of AbaF Awards – summary

AbaF Partnership of the Year: Bangarra Dance Theatre and Boral Limited

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award: Robyn Archer AO


Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award: Kerry Stokes AC 

Goldman Sachs JBWere Philanthropy Leadership Award: Philip Bacon AM

AbaF Giving Award: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

City of Brisbane Encouragement Award: Tasmanian Regional Arts and RACT Insurance

Bytecraft Entertainment Commitment Award: Company B Belvoir and Optus.

Marsh Partnering Award: Bangarra Dance Theatre and Boral Limited

AbaF Business Volunteering Award: Gondwana Choirs and Brent Duffy, Maximus


Toyota Community Award: DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts

Australia) City of Swan and Midland Redevelopment Authority.

Australia Council Young and Emerging Artist Award: City of Swan and Midland Gate.

QantasLink Regional Award: Michael Leslie Foundation for the Arts and Rio Tinto.

AbaF SME Award: Bendigo Youth Choir and Bendigo Community Telco


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