2017 Adelaide Fringe External Awards

Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award

The Adelaide Critics’ Circle is the collective voice of Adelaide’s experienced critics in dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. Established at the suggestion of Robyn Archer in 1996, the Critics’ Circle promotes the art of criticism, upholds its integrity in practice, and supports the advancement of the arts.

The Adelaide Critics’ Circle will present an overall Best in Fringe Award for the event presented from the 2017 Adelaide Fringe program with the most artistic merit (as perceived by the panel of critics). Candidates will be assessed on their level of artistic excellence, entertainment value, aesthetic appeal, the nature of the performance or exhibition, the extent to which the performance or exhibition challenges the audience, and originality.

In addition to the overall Best in Fringe Award, the Critics’ Circle also presents its own weekly awards.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE Development Fringe Award

The inSPACE Development Fringe Award is given to the best new work by a South Australian artist(s)/collective. The recipient of this award will be offered the use of a rehearsal space to support the creative development of a new work in 2018.

They will receive up to three weeks use of a rehearsal room with technical, dramaturgical, and administrative support. At the end of the rehearsal period they will present a series of showings which will be included as part of the 2018 inSPACE: development program in the Adelaide Festival Centre brochure.

Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art

In memory of Eran Svigos, an extraordinary creative force, the Eran Svigos Award acknowledges the most outstanding Visual Arts Exhibition at Adelaide Fringe. A Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate, Eran co-founded Brompton Palace Art School and designed the costumes and street decorations for the Adelaide Fringe Parade as well as being an exhibiting artist at a number of Adelaide Fringe festivals. Eran also co-founded the internationally successful jewellery company Palas whilst she concurrently served on the South Australian Youth Arts Board.

The winner of this award will receive a 2017 Fringe statuette and $2000 generously donated by the Svigos & Dimond families.

The Holden Street Theatres Fringe Award

Judged by Holden Street Theatres and the Adelaide Critics Circle, the Holden Street Theatres Fringe Award offers an emerging South Australian theatre company four weeks of free rental at the Holden Street Theatres for rehearsal, development, or performance.

Companies do not have to apply for this award, however submissions are accepted. It will be offered on merit according to the critics reviewing works during Fringe 2017. Holden Street Theatres offers a generous springboard to emerging talent in tough economic times. The award will avail a local company to free access to the production space of Holden Street Theatres at any time including productions in the following Adelaide Fringe season.

The winning company will be announced and presented with a statuette by a representative of Holden Street Theatres and the Adelaide Critics Circle at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Awards night.

The Peace Foundation Award

The Peace Foundation Award is open to all Fringe artists who promote human rights, social justice, and environmental sustainability through their work. The Peace Foundation has been a long supporter of working for peace through the arts by providing seed funding and arts grants for projects. By being part of the Adelaide Fringe Awards, The Peace Foundation aims to support artists whose work aligns with the objectives of The Peace Foundation and at the same time further their commitment to experimentation, excellence, and innovation in the arts.

The award winner will receive a 2017 Fringe statuette and $1000. Please visit the Peace Foundation website for criteria and application form.

Tour Ready Award – Supported by Melbourne Fringe

The Tour Ready Award (Melbourne Fringe) is a fantastic opportunity for a South Australian-based artist or company to take their work to the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The award recognises excellence in a live performance by a South Australian artist(s). It acknowledges the success of the current production and its suitability for an interstate tour, and rewards the hard work, resourcefulness, and creativity of those involved in the production. Works by South Australian artists presenting seasons (5 or more sessions) are considered eligible.

The award winner will receive a 2017 Fringe statuette, presentation assistance to the value of $2000 and free registration for Melbourne Fringe 2017.

Tour Ready Award – Supported by NZ Fringe

The Tour Ready Award (NZ Fringe) is another incredible opportunity for an Australian-based artist or company to their work to the 2018 New Zealand Fringe.

The award recognises excellence in a live performance by an Australian artist(s). It is open to all works that hail from any state in Australia. It acknowledges the success of the current production, and its suitably for transfer to the 2018 New Zealand Fringe. Like the Tour Ready (Melbourne) Award, it rewards the hard work, resourcefulness, and creativity of those involved in the production.

The award winner will receive free registration for New Zealand Fringe 2018, free accommodation for up to four people for up to seven nights, and a free quarter page ad in the NZ Fringe programme.

Underbelly Edinburgh Award

Underbelly is one of the most respected festival organisers in the UK and one of the largest venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and they are looking for the best of Adelaide Fringe to join them in 2017. 

The winner of the Underbelly Edinburgh Award will be produced by Underbelly at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with production costs covered up to £7,000. Eligible productions must be a UK premier (not performed in the UK more than six times, and not reviewed) and can be from any country. Read more