Creative leadership awards for outstanding female philanthropists

Emily Woods / November 21, 2013 02:46 PM

Three Who's Who of Australian Women entrants were recognised for their contribution to the Australian arts industry at Parliament house on Monday night.

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L-R Dr Helen Nugent, Betty Amsden, Lynda Dorrington.
Photo credit: Creative Partnerships Australia Gold Book 2013

Betty Amsden was awarded the Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Leadership award, for her efforts in changing attitudes about private support for the arts.

Ms Amsden, 87, is one of Victoria's most vocal advocates for philanthropy.

Her landmark $5 million donation to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2009 and additional $1 million pledge in 2013 raised the profile of supporting arts for children and families.

She said she was taught from a young age "that if I had a sixpence in my pocket, I had to share it".

"I would like to encourage younger people to think more about sharing."

Lynda Dorrington, the exective director of Perth cultural agency Form, received the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Leadership award.

Ms Dorrington is a leader in building the creative wealth of Western Australia and her work exploring the link between creativity and innovation was recognised.

She was awarded for her exceptional leadership in advocacy and influence, fostering partnerships that cross sectors and encourage other leaders to value and invest in creative and cultural programs.

The Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership award was given to Dr Helen Nugent, a Macquarie Group director and former chairman of of the Australia Council's Major Performing Arts Board.

Dr Nugent was awarded for fostering and facilitating business investment and support in the arts industry.

She is currently chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, but most-notably Dr Nugent initiated the Nugent Inquiry into the Major Performing Arts Sector.

Sources: Creative Partnerships Australia, Australian Financial Review.

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