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 nominations now open

Celebrate South Australia’s arts and cultural sector by nominating an artist, performance or event worthy of recognition in one the following award categories by 5pm Tuesday 8 October 2019.

View frequently asked questions to find out more about the nomination process.

Best Festival

For the best festival of the year.

Nomination guidelines (PDF, 55.4 KB)

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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.

Nomination guidelines (PDF, 55.6 KB)

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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.

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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.

Nomination guidelines (PDF, 55.9 KB)

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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.

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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.

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Made in Adelaide Award

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

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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.

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Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award

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

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Nomination questions (PDF, 41.7 KB)

Nomination acceptance form (PDF, 37.0 KB)

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Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award

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

Nomination guidelines (PDF, 55.9 KB)

Nomination acceptance form (PDF, 37.3 KB)

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Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

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

Nomination guidelines (PDF, 55.3 KB)

Nomination acceptance form (PDF, 37.3 KB)

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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.

Nominations close 5pm Tuesday 8 October 2019.

The awards ceremony will be held in late November 2019.

View frequently asked questions to find out more about the nomination process.

Enquiries about the nomination process can be sent to DPCARTSRubyAwards@sa.gov.au.

Past recipients

Ruby Awards 2018

Ruby Awards 2017

Ruby Awards 2016