Photo: MCA Liz Ann McGregor + Simon Mordent ©Brendan Read 2011

The NSW Government is calling on the state’s brightest creative talent to nominate for the 2017 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.

The awards, to be held on 14 June at the Museum of Contemporary Art during Vivid Sydney, are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW creative industries.

The NSW Creative Laureate recognises a candidate that has demonstrated significant leadership and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW creative industries.

The NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has shown originality and innovation and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This award offers a prize of $15,000.

Nominations close on Sunday 9 April.

Last year’s NSW Creative Laureate award was awarded to both Museum of Contemporary Art Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor (pictured above) and Sydney arts and cultural venue Carriageworks, with the NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award awarded to artist and author Dr Lisa Cooper.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: “I felt incredibly honoured to receive the 2016 NSW Creative Laureate Award alongside Carriageworks. It was great to see the arts sector recognised for their economic and social value to the wider community. Creativity is the key to innovation, and innovation drives growth, sustainability and prosperity, enriching NSW’s – and Australia’s – cultural capital.”

A Creative Achievement Award spokesperson added: “NSW is alive with talent across the creative industries including the digital creative, design, visual arts, sound and music industries. These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate our industries and reinforce NSW as a global creative hub.”