Nominate now for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards

Partnering with the arts is about more than just money. It’s about leadership.
Nominate now for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards

Image: 2017 Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award winner Joseph O’Brien with Creative Partnerships CEO Fiona Menzies. Photo by Jim Lee.

The Creative Partnership Awards celebrates leaders who encourage private sector support for the arts. 


Administered by Creative Partnerships Australia, the awards aren’t about rewarding the biggest donors. It’s about recognising those who drive enduring partnerships between the cultural and private sectors and encourage the spirit of giving to the arts.

Creative Partnerships CEO Fiona Menzies said the people awarded across the four categories — Arts Leadership, Business Leadership, Emerging Philanthropist, and Philanthropy Leadership — do more than just give money. 

‘These people are highly engaged in the art forms they support. I think it is only of benefit to the arts community if they have people who want to engage with them at that really deep level.’

Creative Partnerships Australia is inviting people who work in the arts industry to nominate leaders from Australia’s philanthropic, business or cultural community. If you know someone who meets the criteria, now is the time to recognise the contribution they make.

Nominate here. 

Nominations close 29 March AEDT 5:00pm.

Grow giving in the arts by celebrating it

The awards send an important message about the value of giving in the arts, which in Menzies’ experience has a positive domino effect. ‘I think the opportunity to promote giving to the arts is one way to grow giving to the arts,’ she said.

‘We call them ‘leadership’ awards because we are really looking for people who have not only been generous donors and engaged donors, but ones who encourage other people to be donors, who show leadership by introducing other people to the art form. Participating in those activities to really spread the word. We want to find those people who have shown that kind of leadership.’ 

But how effective this growth is also depends on the involvement of organisations, not just donors.

‘We want to encourage organisations to celebrate the people who have had that kind of deep engagement with arts organisations,’ said Menzies.

Nominations Open | Creative Partnerships Awards 2018 60s from Creative Partnerships Australia on Vimeo.

In 2017, the Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award went to Joseph O’Brien, whose enthusiasm for the arts led him to join the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Foundation. A few years later he also joined the Future Collective, a group of Brisbane professionals who raised funds for the acquisition of contemporary work for the QAGOMA collection. 

Menzies said the Creative Partnerships Awards is all about this kind of proactive support of the arts through giving. 

‘There are so many people out there who are really generous, and I’m not just talking about the people who have a lot of wealth and are able to share that wealth, but also people who have modest incomes but still want to share part of it. We celebrate all of those people.

‘That’s the other thing about the awards. By focusing on leadership, it really isn’t about rewarding the biggest donor, it’s about rewarding people who encourage others and share their love of the arts.’

The nomination process is short and simple, with applications requiring answers to a few questions based on the awards criteria and some basic information about the nominees’ achievements.  

Award Categories

You can nominate an individual in any or all categories.

Arts Leadership Award for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, and encouraging increased giving to the arts.

Business Leadership Award for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.

Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.

Philanthropy Leadership Award or an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.

To find out more and to nominate a person who celebrates giving to the arts, visit

Brooke Boland

Thursday 15 February, 2018

About the author

Brooke Boland is a freelance writer based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a PhD in literature from the University of NSW. You can find her on Instagram @southcoastwriter.