The Ruby Awards honour the best of South Australia’s arts and culture sector.

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

2021 proved the sector’s adaptability and resilience in the face of COVID-19. The diversity of practice that has been created since June 2020, is a testament to its strength. The 2021 Ruby Awards are a chance to recognise the artistic outcomes that have been created, and the leaders who have championed the arts, in a year like no other.

Strategic collaboration is a key value in the Arts Plan. We have witnessed an increase in collaboration as a way of working to achieve unexpected outcomes and to maximise investment. To reflect this area of focus we are introducing a new award category for Best Collaboration. This will replace the Made in Adelaide award in 2021.

2021 Ruby Award winners

Best Festival

Adelaide Film Festival

Best Work or Event Within a Festival

Art Gallery of South Australia: Clarice Beckett: The Present Moment

Best Work or Event Outside a Festival

State Theatre Company South Australia and ActNow Theatre: DECAMERON 2.0

Best Work, Event or Project for Young People

Patch Theatre: Zooom

Best Regional or Community Event or Project

Access2Arts: The HeartBeat Club

Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group

Gravity & Other Myths

Best Collaboration

Slingsby Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival and Draiocht: The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin

Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award

Grace Coy

Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award

Nick Hughes

Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

Pat Rix and Garry Stewart

The awards were judged by a panel including representatives from a broad cross-section of South Australian arts and culture organisations.

Previous Ruby Award recipients

Ruby Awards 2020

Ruby Awards 2019

Ruby Awards 2018

Ruby Awards 2017

Ruby Awards 2016