The Ruby Awards are South Australia's premier event to honour the best of the state's arts and cultural sector.

Named after late arts patron, Dame Ruby Litchfield, the annual awards recognise artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leadership.

2019 Ruby Awards shortlist

After careful consideration, the following artists, groups and organisations have been shortlisted for awards.

Best Festival

For the best festival of the year.

Shortlist:

Adelaide Festival 2019

AltFest 2019

SALA Festival 2018

OzAsia Festival 2018

Best Work or Event Within a Festival

For the best performance, work, production or event of the year presented as part of a festival program.

Shortlist:

Counting and Cracking – Adelaide Festival

Hotel Mumbai (Adelaide Film Festival 2018) – Producer Julie Ryan and Director/Co-writer Anthony Maras (South Australian key creatives)

John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new – Art Gallery of South Australia

The Beginning of Nature – Australian Dance Theatre

Yabarra - Gathering of Light – Adelaide Fringe

Best Work or Event Outside a Festival

For the best performance, work, production or event of the year not presented as part of a festival program.

Shortlist:

Absence Embodied by Chiharu Shiota – Art Gallery of South Australia

Amphibian – Windmill Theatre Company

The Gods of Strangers – State Theatre Company

The Young King National Tour – Slingsby Theatre Company

Best Work, Event or Project for Young People

For the best performance, work, production, event or initiative of the year aimed specifically at young people.

Shortlist:

Baba Yaga – Windmill Theatre Company

DreamBig Festival 2019 – Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Drop Out – Directed and Devised by Alirio Zavarce and True North Youth Theatre Ensemble

Neo – Art Gallery of South Australia

Best Community or Regional Event or Project

For the best artistic or cultural event, project or initiative of the year that had a significant positive impact on a community or region in South Australia.

Shortlist:

Bush Classroom Initiative – South Australian Museum

Creative Gathering – Ausdance SA

In the Pines – James Harding and Gener8 Theatre Company

Vietnam - One In, All In – Country Arts SA

Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group

Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by a small to medium arts organisation or group receiving no funding, or less than $1 million in funding, from Arts South Australia.

Shortlist:

Brink Productions

Nexus Arts

Restless Dance Theatre

Zephyr Quartet

Made in Adelaide Award

For outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside of South Australia by a South Australian individual, company or organisation.

Shortlist:

Memorial Brisbane Festival and the Barbican – Brink Productions

Out of Chaos – Gravity and Other Myths

Rumpelstiltskin – Windmill Theatre Company and State Theatre Company

Slingsby Goes Global 2018 - 19 touring – Slingsby Theatre Company

The Spinners Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Showcase – Lina Limosani

Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award

Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused organisation or group, or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual working in any area of the arts.

The winner will be announced on the night.

Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award

Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an individual aged under 35, working in any area of the arts.

The winner will be announced on the night.

Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award

Recognising an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community cultural development.

The winner will be announced on the night.

Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

Recognising an individual who has made a remarkable, long-standing contribution to arts and culture

The winner will be announced on the night.

All winners receive a bespoke, ruby-coloured glasswork designed and made at the JamFactory. The recipient of the prestigious Premier’s Award is also honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat in the Festival Theatre.

The awards ceremony will be held in late November 2019.

Past recipients

Ruby Awards 2018

Ruby Awards 2017

Ruby Awards 2016