The Australia Council has acknowledged those nominated and the winners of this year’s Australian Arts in Asia Awards.
The inaugural awards, held at Luna Park last night, recognise, celebrate and promote the significant number of Australian artists engaging in Asia to foster stronger, deeper and broader cultural links with Asian nations.
Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer and Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski attended last night’s awards ceremony and Mr Myer presented the award for Community Engagement.
It’s pleasing to see such a large number of outstanding arts projects across Asia being acknowledged for their excellence.
Australia Council Board member Lee-Ann Buckskin presented the Indigenous award.
On behalf of the Australia Council, Mr Grybowski congratulated both those nominated and the winners.
The Australian Arts in Asia Awards celebrate and acknowledge the fantastic work Australian artists and arts organisations are producing and sharing with our Asian neighbours, Mr Grybowski said.
The quality, breadth and diversity of the work of those nominated was impressive, and we are proud to have supported many of the artists and arts organisations over time.
The Australia Council has for many years invested in touring and artists residencies in Asia through funding Asialink, Australia’s leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia’s role in the region.
In 2012, the Australia Council supported artists and organisations for tours, exhibitions and collaborations in about 20 countries across Asia.