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Excellence for Arts Management in Australia recognised.

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Excellence for Arts Management in Australia recognised

The winners of the Nugget Awards for Excellence in Arts Management 2002 were announced today by the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, at the Australian Institute for Arts Management (AIAM) conference in Canberra.

'These awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding managers who help to shape the arts and play a crucial role in how the arts are managed, promoted and marketed in Australia,' Senator Kemp said.

'Australia's arts community is highly valued by our society and the Government is deeply committed to encouraging the pursuit of excellence in the sector.'

The Nugget Awards are judged in three categories:

The Young Arts Manager Category Award recognising significant achievements by an Arts Manager under 30 years of age; ●

The Metropolitan Category recognises excellence in Arts Management within a capital city; ● The Non Metropolitan Category Award recognising excellence in regional and non-metropolitan Australia. ●

Winner: Young Arts Manager Category, FABRI BLACKLOCK

Fabri Blacklock is Assistant Curator of Koori History and Culture at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where she worked on the inaugural permanent Indigenous exhibition Bayagul: contemporary Indigenous communication, and was a contributing author of the supporting book.

In addition, Ms Blacklock has been involved in the research and development of the website on Aboriginal skin cloaks for the National Quilt Register and Australian Museums & Galleries On Line.

Winner: Metropolitan Category, ROB BROOKMAN

Rob Brookman is General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company, having joined the Company in July 1999. Previously he has been an arts producer, programmer and festival director. Rob's range of experience and interests is unusually diverse, ranging from the avant-garde to the commercial and across all art-forms.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr Brookman has made an immense contribution to the professional management and administration of arts festivals in Australia as a director and administrator.


Winner: Non Metropolitan Category, JOSEPH EISENBERG

Joseph Eisenberg has been an active fundraiser for the New England Regional Arts Museum, playing an important role in the development of the museum, including extensions to the building that cost in excess of one million dollars.

'The winners have demonstrated their dedication to ensuring the arts have an enduring role in Australia. I congratulate them, and all the nominees, and look forward the ongoing contribution they will make to the arts sector and wider community,' Senator Kemp said.

The Nugget Awards for Excellence in Arts Management honour the memory and legacy of legendary Commonwealth administrator Dr H.C. (Nugget) Coombs.

The Australian Institute of Arts Management (AIAM) is the peak national body representing arts managers in Australia. Established in 1989, AIAM has members from all States and Territories and NZ and from all art forms.

28 October 2002

Media contact: Richard Wise, 02 6277 7350 or 0438 204 554 Greg Marginson, AIAM, 0411 458 516