About the awards
The 2021 Australia Council Awards was showcased in a series of online presentations each day, from Tuesday 20 April to Friday 30 April 2021. We invite all Australians to celebrate and share the stories of these extraordinary artists with us and your families and friends. Each of these artists in their own way reflect the vibrancy of Australia’s diverse cultural life.
‘Arts and creativity reflect who we are as a nation, helping us to see different perspectives and understand and connect across different experiences and cultures. They are crucial in understanding and shaping our sense of national identity.’
Adrian Collette AM, CEO, Australia Council.
The recipients of the 2021 Australia Council Awards are:
- William Barton (NSW) – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award
- Arnold Zable (VIC) – Australia Council Lifetime Achievement in Literature
- Sue Healey (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Dance
- Vivienne Binns OAM (ACT) – Australia Council Award for Visual Arts
- Cat Jones (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts
- Mama Alto (VIC) – Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development
- Marianne Wobcke (QLD) – Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development
- Chelsea McGuffin (QLD) – Australia Council Award for Theatre.
Join the celebration with the recipients of the Australia Council Awards in these short videos that recognise their incredible impact on the arts and beyond.