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Above – 2022 Creative Partnerships Awards recipients (l-r) Paul Taylor, John Albrecht, Ulrike Klein AO, Helen and Melissa Macfarlane, Neilson Foundation - Beau, Kerr and Paris Neilson and Barb

Creative Partnerships Australia has announced the 2022 Creative Partnerships Awards in recognition of the remarkable people who generously provide support to enhance the Australian arts and culture sector.  

Creative Partnerships Australia has led the Creative Partnerships Awards since 2013, embracing the legacy of the Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards, which celebrated excellence in partnerships and private sector support to the arts for more than a decade. The Award recipients advocate and champion passionately for the arts and demonstrate qualities of inspiring leadership – they strengthen and enrich the creative sector through their generosity and commitment.

This year, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge exemplary leaders in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Creative Partnerships Australia seeks to foster a culture of private sector support for the arts to build a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians. Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and the Arts.

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