State Cultural Treasures Awards

The 2022 State Cultural Treasures Awards (formerly State Living Treasures Awards) will acknowledge outstanding lifelong contributions of senior Western Australian artists to their art form and the community and community arts organisation with an operational history of more than 25 years.

The concept of the State Living Treasures originated in Japan in the post-World War II period, when the title became the highest honour attainable by a senior traditional artist. Since then, the Living Treasures awards programs have been adopted worldwide to honour influential elders of the artistic community.

The awards acknowledge the ability of artists to engage, move, involve and entertain audiences. They honour the skill, imagination and originality of the artist.

The Western Australian State Cultural Treasures Awards (formerly State Living Treasures Awards) were inaugurated in 1998 to honour senior Western Australian artists who have made a lifelong contribution to their art form and their community. Further rounds of artists were honoured with the awards in 2004 and 2015.

2022 State Cultural Treasures Awards

The 2022 State Cultural Treasures Awards will acknowledge outstanding lifelong contributions of senior Western Australian artists (over 60 years of age) to their art form and the community and community arts organisation with an operational history of more than 25 years.

Nominations have now closed.

Guidelines

Awards categories 2022

  • Visual arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Design
  • Theatre
  • Film
  • Writing
  • Community impact.

Note: Community impact refers to a significant impact by artists and arts organisations, including community arts organisations, off the stage and around the public value promotion of the arts, such as arts education, arts journalism or community arts.

Note: Design refers to the designers and makers of set, costume, props, sound, lighting and audio visual.

Please note that self-nominations are not accepted.

Eligibility criteria

  1. A senior artist over 60 years of age, or a community arts organisation with an operational history of more than 25 years.
  2. Creative artist, arts educator, teaching artist, arts journalist or community artist (not arts administrator, curator or technician.
  3. Spent a significant part of their career or life working within or creating work related to Western Australia.
  4. Highly regarded and skilled in their field.
  5. Demonstrated commitment or contribution to the WA arts sector.
  6. Mentor to other artists or emerging artists.

Previous State Living Treasures

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Western Australian State Living Treasures 2015

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The Western Australian State Living Treasures Awards were inaugurated in 1998 to honour senior West Australian artists who have made a lifelong contribution to their art form and their community.
Western Australian State Living Treasures 2004

Western Australian State Living Treasures 2004

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This is the second time the awards have been presented, the first being in 1998.
Living Treasures 1998

Western Australian State Living Treasures 1998

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The former Minister for Arts, The Hon. Peter Foss QC MLC, initiated the State Living Treasures Awards to honour those artists whose lifetime work has enhanced the artistic and cultural life of Western Australia.
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