2023: Triple Gong! Gold Award for Mega Mural, Best Street Art Experience in NSW and Gold for the Best of the Best at Australian Street Art Awards!

The illuminart team are ecstatic to celebrate a triple win for Quirindi Silo Art Light and Sound Show on the NSW Liverpool Plains. Congratulations to lead designer Peter Ryan, the local community and all involved in the development of this wonderful regional Australian icon! What a wonderful testament to the creative capacity, passion and vision of our regional communities.

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2022: Best Mega Mural, Outstanding Contribution Awards at Australian Street Art Awards

The illuminart team are elated to share the news that our artistic director and co-founder, Cindi Drennan, has received a discretionary honour in recognition of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Australian Art Tourism’.  Quorn Silo Light Show has this year been awarded the coveted Gold award for Best Mega Mural, and we are honoured that our project “Constellation stories in light trail”  gained a place as a national finalist.

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2021: Australian Street Art Awards: Two Golds, a Silver, and the Gong!

Illuminart Australia are thrilled to announce that three regional permanent projection projects that we have designed and continue to support, have been national winners in the Australian Street Art Awards 2021, and one has taken out the ‘Best of the Best’!

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2020: illuminart and partners are announced as Australian Event Awards National Winners for Travelling Light, in category of Best Regional Event.

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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.

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2019: illuminart, Adelaide Fringe and Yellaka receive an award at the SA/NT IESANZ Awards Night in recognition of the Yabarra – Gathering of Light project’s creativity and acomplishment in lighting.

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Jenny Petschenyk presents the award to Heather Croall (Adelaide Fringe) and Cindi Drennan (illuminart).

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 is National Winner of Best Small Event in Australia at the Australian Event Awards!

2018: Exmouth Ningaloo Centre Launch show chosen as State Winner, 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.

2012: Community Event of the Year at the Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day Awards 2012, for “Port Inhabited”

2011: Winner Advantage SA Award for Best Regional Artist, Far North.

2009: Cindi Drennan AbaF Business Arts Scholarship