Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award 2020 - Projects


Division A (population less than 30,000)

Winner: Gunnedah Shire Council - Gunnedah’s Rainbow Serpent Water Feature Project

Judges' comment
An extraordinary story of persistence and admirable Aboriginal-led art. The capacity to engage not only with the women creating the sculpture but the support of the community is innovative.

Highly Commended: Coolamon Shire Council - Our Shire, Our Stories: A Celebration of Heritage in the Coolamon Shire

Division B (population 30,000-70,000)

Winner: Bathurst Regional Council - Bathurst Rail Museum

Judges' comment
This project is an adaptive re-use of an historic building which has shown innovation to provide a different point of view for residents and visitors. It is likely that most councils will have buildings and land that have a history or potential to tell a history if such innovation was replicated.

Highly Commended
Bega Valley Shire Council - BVRG: Tarmac
Lismore City Council - Dungarimba Wandarahn (Lismore place of learning)

Division C (population over 70,000)

Winner: Sutherland Shire Council - Weapons for the Soldier: Protecting Country, Culture and Family

Judges' Comment
This is a highly innovative and inclusive exhibition. The concept of engaging the First Nations leaders in the museum work and interpretation demonstrates an approach that can be replicated by other councils.

Highly Commended

Blacktown City Council - Magnify
Coffs Harbour City Council - The Overwintering Project – Going Flat Out For Art and Nature