Inspiring Connections: Announcing the finalists of Creative Australia’s inaugural Asia Pacific Arts Awards

OzAsia-Festival-2021-Lucky-Dumpling-Market-photo-by-Xplorer-StudioCreative Australia has announced the finalists of the Asia Pacific Arts Awards, being stewarded for the first time by Creative Australia in 2024.

The Awards recognise the work of remarkable Australian artists, organisations and groups connecting with the Asia Pacific and promote continued engagement with the region.

“We are excited to announce the 30 finalists of these awards, being held for the first time this year, as one of the initiatives of the Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy: Revive,” said Executive Director of Arts Investment, Alice Nash.

“This impressive group of finalists demonstrate the capacity of art to connect us – across language and geographical borders. We look forward to honouring and celebrating their contributions in April.”

An independent panel of industry advisors will select the award recipients from across five categories, who will share in a prize pool of $125,000. The award recipients will be announced during a ceremony at Sydney’s Riverside Theatre on 23 April 2024.

Finalists for the Impact award, recognising an artist, group/collective or organisation that has made a significant impact on audiences or communities across Australia and the Asia Pacific region, include:

  • Chun Yin Rainbow Chan
  • S. Shakthidharan
  • Priya Srinivasan
  • Annette Shun Wah
  • William Yang
  • Grace Heifetz

Finalists for the Innovation award: celebrating an artist, group/collective or organisation that has developed new and unique ways of building creative connections across Australia and the Asia Pacific region include:

  • Women’s Wealth (QAGOMA)
  • Australia-Taiwan First Nations Art Exchange 2023 (Sophie McIntyre)
  • Hi Viz Satellites (Chamber Made)
  • Portside Review (Centre for Stories)
  • Hyphenated Projects
  • Australian Art Orchestra

Finalists for the Inspire – Individuals/Collectives/Groups award, recognising an Australian artist or group/collective for a project or significant body of work developed or shared across the Asia Pacific, include:

  • Club Ate
  • Zoe Butt, Thailand
  • Mayu Kanamori
  • Luke George and Daniel Kok
  • Monica Lim
  • Kimberley Moulton
  • Hoda Afshar

Finalists for the Inspire (Organisations) award, recognising an organisation for a project or significant body of work developed or shared across the Asia Pacific region.

  • Chamber Made
  • QAGOMA (Asia Pacific Triennial APT 10)
  • Marrugeku
  • Restless Dance Theatre
  • Gamelan DanAnda
  • Contemporary Asian Australian Performance

Finalists for the Connect award, recognising an organisation delivering an intersectional program to diverse audiences in Australia. 

  • Arab Theatre Studio
  • Moogahlin Performing Arts
  • Arts House (2023)
  • SalamFest
  • OzAsia Festival (2021 – 2023)

For more information about the Asia Pacific Arts Awards and the 2024 Finalists, visit: for details.

Image: OzAsia Festival – photo by Xplorer Studio