2019: Illuminart, Adelaide Fringe & Yellaka are announced as Australian Event Awards National Winners of the ‘Showtex Australia Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming’ and also the ‘Aggreko Best New Event’ for Yabarra – Gathering of Light. A huge honour and fantastic recognition of the cultural significance of this event.
2019: Illuminart, Adelaide Fringe & Yellaka are announced as Australian Event Awards National Finalists for Yabarra – Gathering of Light in three categories.
2018: The Lights of Christmas, Rockhampton wins Best Small Event in Australia at the Australian Event Awards!
2018: Exmouth Ningaloo Centre Launch show chosen as Best Small Event for Western Australia at the Australian Event Awards!
2018: Illuminart wins the ‘Creative Industries Award’ at the Blue Mountains Annual Business Awards
2018: Hills Illuminate chosen as a National Finalist for Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards!
2017: Winner ‘Best Home Based Business’ in the Blue Mountains Business awards.
2017: Joondalup’s Kaleidoscope Festival picks up Event of the Year Award!
Illuminart’s Founding and Artistic Director Cindi Drennan was the Creative Director of Kaleidoscope 2016, which has won the Event of the Year award at the Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) WA Awards of Excellence on June 16, 2017.
City of Joondalup’s inaugural festival of projection and illumination transformed the Joondalup city centre over four nights in November 2016, attracting more than 50,000 people.
2016: State Award Winner, Best Regional Event SA for Boston Bay Broadcast at the Australian Event Awards
Illuminart was thrilled to accept the award for Best Regional Event SA on behalf of Port Lincoln artists and community participants at the 2016 Australian Event Awards. The awards are annual national event that promote the highest standards of design excellence, ethics and outcomes, event management and community involvement. Boston Bay Broadcast was highly acclaimed by the judges and is a fantastic recognition of the efforts made by the illuminart team, Tunarama festival, and the participating artists.
2016: ‘Highly commended’ the illuminart team in the Blue Mountains Business awards.
2014: Award of merit to the illuminart team in the 2014 Civic Trust Awards, for New Light Industrial
2014: Regional SA awards finalist to the illuminart team in the category of Arts and Innovation
October 2013: Ruby award for best Arts Enterprise
Ruby Awards (South Australia’s premier Arts and culture awards)
On Friday 4th of October illuminart was awarded the Ruby for Arts Enterprise, at the 2013 Arts SA Ruby Awards. The Rubies are annual prestigious South Australian arts awards that celebrate artistic excellence, creative achievement, innovation, community involvement and inspirational leadership.
October 2013: The Mark Butler MP certificate of Honour awarded to Cindi Drennan for significant contribution to the arts in the federal seat of Port Adelaide.
Illuminart’s New Light Industrial Project in Port Adelaide was a creative partnership involving local artists, businesses and young people in some new ideas around urban renewal. It was a very, very big year with all sorts of challenges, and some unexpected rewards. The Mark Butler MP Art Award of Honour was a recognition of the huge work involved and the impact on the community.
October 2013: Ruby award for Innovation, for the project “If there was a colour darker than black, I’d wear it”. Ruby Awards (South Australia’s premier Arts and culture awards)
Illuminart, Country Arts SA and Rising Damp jointly received the Ruby award for innovation for If there was a colour darker than black I’d wear it, a stunning multi-arts and hybrid media performance project developed over three years, and presented in three regional centres.
December 2013: National Disability Award for excellence in improving social participation. Australian National Disability Awards
The “No Boundaries Project” directed by Cindi Drennan won a national award, for excellence in improving social participation, at the National Disability Awards, and was one of three shortlisted projects with major outcomes for people living with disability (The others being “Take up thy bed and walk” directed by Gaelle Mellis, and the Adelaide Festival’s ongoing inclusive and accessible program).
The award winning No Boundaries Project involved a creative community partnership with groups of diversely able participants, who were supported to engage and be involved in decision making, creative leadership and production at every level of the project from inception to presentation. The project extended over a two year period and approached inclusion as a creative collaboration process.
The inclusive art project aimed to show the impact of involving people with disability and to support long term aims of community and council. An evaluation of the project by the University of Western Sydney showed the impact exceeded expectation and continues to flourish in Penrith area.
A high point of all of the creative projects was a large scale projection on to the Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in September 2012. Smaller presentations of interactive media have been presented in Penrith and other communities, in partnership with Penrith City Council and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia.