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Spotlight on NSW Creative Achievers at 2018 Awards

A world-class Indigenous fashion label, the production company behind critically acclaimed movie Lion, and a 24 year old games developer have been recognised at the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.
NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin MLC said the Awards, now in their fifth year, showcase the incredible strength and diversity of NSW’s creative talents.
“The state’s creative diversity is clearly demonstrated by this year’s finalists who cover film, architecture, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, music and digital media.
“More than 212,600 people, representing 42 per cent of the nation’s creative industries workforce, are employed in NSW, making an immense contribution to our state in terms of innovation, job creation and economic growth.
“I’m thrilled to see the 2018 Awards have unearthed another strong field of nominees from coast to country, and all finalists should be very proud,” Mr Harwin said.
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd was named as the 2018 NSW Creative Laureate for its demonstrated leadership and significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.
In 2017, Aquarius released three feature length projects including Berlin Syndrome, the powerful psychological thriller from Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) and Lion, the debut film from director Garth Davis starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.
Buluuy Mirrii, the Tamworth fashion label of Gomeroi designer Colleen T Johnson was recognised as the NSW Emerging Creative Talent for its originality, innovation and international exposure in the world of haute couture fashion.
The inaugural NSW Young Creative Award went to 24 year-old game developer Ally McLean, who recently worked on the award-winning game Rumu – an exploration of love and artificial intelligence through the journey of a robot vacuum cleaner.
Mr Harwin acknowledged this year’s judging panel, which included 2017 Creative Laureate Plastic Wax Executive Producer Felix Crawshaw, Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron and Australian Ballet Executive Director Libby Christie.
“I commend the highly experienced and distinguished judging panel which had such a tough task choosing between such a rich supply of talent,” he said.
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