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.

The award was accepted by Cindi Drennan, Luku Kukuku and Craig Laurendet on behalf of the illuminart team and supporters.

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.

If There Was A Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It

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