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Nominations close Monday September 10, 2018.

New categories announced for 2018 Ruby Awards as nominations open

Arts South Australia's Ruby Awards are set to be bigger, more diverse and more inclusive than ever in 2018, with a raft of new categories officially opening for nominations today.

Expanding from 10 awards to 12, the Rubys will now include new categories for Best Festival and Best Work, Event or Project for Young People, as well as awards specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, arts workers and arts organisations, and artists and arts workers aged under 35.

Also new for 2018 is the Made in Adelaide Award, recognising outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside the state by a South Australian individual or organisation.

Other changes include combining the old categories of Best Work and Best Event to comprise two new awards - Best Work or Event Within a Festival, and Best Work or Event Outside a Festival – to provide a more level playing field for smaller productions.

The new categories and changes aim to make the Ruby Awards even more diverse and inclusive, and come as the result of a consultation via survey with key members of South Australia’s Arts and Cultural sector.

The 2018 Ruby Award categories are:
Best Festival

For the best arts and cultural festival of the year.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Best Regional or Community 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.
 
Award for 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.
 
Made in Adelaide Award

For outstanding artistic or cultural achievement outside of South Australia by a South Australian individual, company or organisation.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an ATSI focused organisation or group, or an ATSI identified individual working in any area of the arts.
 
Young Achiever Award
Recognising outstanding achievement or contribution by an individual aged under 35, working in any area of the arts.
 
People’s Choice Award
Winner of the online People’s Choice vote, chosen from all finalists.
 
Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award
Recognising an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community cultural development.
 
Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
Recognising an individual who has made a remarkable, long-standing contribution to arts and culture.

The 13th annual Ruby Awards will be announced on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Queen’s Theatre. All winners will receive a ruby-coloured glasswork crafted by JamFactory. The recipient of the prestigious Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement is also honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

To read more about the awards, and see a list of previous winners and finalists, go to arts.sa.gov.au/content/ruby-awards-about

Nominations for all categories are now open at arts.sa.gov.au/rubys.