David Gulpilil and Paul Blackwell were honoured for their remarkable, long-standing contribution to arts and culture in South Australia, both receiving a Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Ruby Awards.

Paul Blackwell and David Gulpilil

Held at the historic Queen’s Theatre, the Ruby Awards are South Australia's premier gala event to honour the best of the state's arts and cultural sector, with awards in 11 categories of arts achievement.

This year, the judging panel recommended two exceptional nominees to be recognised with a Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.

David Gulpilil is a proud Yolungu man and celebrated South Australian, who continues to make an immense contribution to South Australian and Australian, arts and culture.

His undeniable charisma and natural talent captivated audiences, changing the way Aboriginal people were seen both in Australia and around the world.

Paul Blackwell was an extraordinary performer and one of Australia’s most prolific and beloved actors. He worked for many of the major theatre and opera companies, and commercial musicals across Australia, but was especially adored in South Australia.

Both men will be honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat at the Festival Theatre, along with a bespoke glasswork designed and made at the JamFactory.

You can view the full list of winners on the Ruby Awards page.