Creative Partnerships Awards 2022

Celebrating visionary leaders who enable Australia’s cultural ecology to flourish

We are beyond excited to announce our 2022 Creative Partnerships Awards recipients. 

Each year we recognise some remarkable people who generously provide support to enhance the Australian arts and culture sector.  This year, we celebrate and acknowledge nine exemplary leaders in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts

PUBLICITY IMAGE (bw)_Ulrike Klein AO (Arts Visionary Award)

Arts Visionary Award – Ulrike Klein AO 

Ulrike Klein AO is passionate about the arts, particularly music, and in 2009 founded Ngeringa Arts, now known as UKARIA. Together with her family she funded the construction of a state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable cultural centre with a 220-seat concert hall at its heart. Her vision is to build a legacy for future generations and to enrich Australian culture.

Philanthropy Leadership Award – Neilson Foundation

The Neilson Foundation has been a significant supporter of almost every performing arts organisation in Sydney and many more elsewhere in Australia. Led by Kerr Neilson and his daughters Paris and Beau, the Foundation has gifted more than $140 million in the past 15 years, with a particular focus on helping to build the capacity of the organisations it supports.

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PUBLICITY IMAGE (bw)_Paul Taylor (Philanthropy Leadership Award)

Philanthropy Leadership Award – Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is a generous donor to arts organisations across Australia, including Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA),Brisbane Festival, National Gallery of Australia and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Paul’s commitment to the arts extends to all levels, from small to medium organisations as well as the work of contemporary artists, whose work he collects and has helped commission.

Business Leadership Award – John Albrecht

John Albrecht is the Chairman and Head of Important Collections at Leonard Joel. In 2009,he initiated a partnership with Arts Projects Australia that has included hosting high profile art auctions and creating a traineeship program. John has also introduced new policies regarding the consignment of Australian Indigenous art and a cessation of trade in rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory.

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PUBLICITY IMAGE (bw)_Helen and Melissa Macfarlane (Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award)

Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award – Helen and Melissa Macfarlane

Helen and Melissa Macfarlane established The Macfarlane Fund in memory of Don Macfarlane, philanthropist and former CEO of Amcor, and a life-long arts enthusiast. The fund is designed to support and champion Australian artists, through a program of residencies, exhibitions, commissions and awards.

Arts Leadership Award – Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore is Chief Executive Officer of the Biennale of Sydney and a passionate advocate for the arts. With over 20 years in the in the arts, her experience includes the private, public and not for profit sectors. Barbara was recently a member of the Australian Federal Government’s Creative Economy Taskforce and is currently a Board Member of the International Biennale Association.

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View our Awards videos below and learn more about our remarkable recipients