2021 Lindsay King Award
Established in 2007, this annual arts award was named in memory of Cranbourne resident Lindsay King, whose vigorous commitment to the arts and passion for local history, tourism and culture made a positive impact on the Casey community.
In recognition of her significant contribution to the arts in Casey, the winner of the Lindsay King Arts Award for 2021, is multi-disciplinary artist and multifaceted creative producer, Kuichiang Tut Kuiy (Kush).
Congratulations to Nia McMartin, Sohail Yamin, Christine Trimnell and Viviana Silva who were also nominated for their significant contribution to the arts in Casey.
2021 Recipient - Kuichiang (Kush) Tut Kuiy
As a passionate creative producer and a lead creative and coordinator of events, Kush works hard to build and empower her community. As she develops her career and grows her profile beyond the south-east, Kush has begun to open doors into the arts sector for other artists living in this region to follow in her footsteps.
As part of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) program Kush has produced several multi-artwork events in the south-east including the Bunjil Place creative development project Bridging Differences and Blaxcellence which is a regular event that centres on Afro-Diaspora and First Nation's creative practice, creating a cultural exchange between these communities.
Kush and Nostalgic Events also hold the annual Rise of South Sudan (RoSS) concert at Bunjil Place and she is a founding member of the Way Over There Collective, a group of artists, producers and programmers in Melbourne’s south-east.
2019 Recipient - Maurie Richardson
Maurie has been teaching music and performing arts to local residents for over 40 years. This includes during his time as a teacher at Clyde Primary School, as well as a long-standing member of the Cranbourne Chorale and leader of a local U3A guitar group. He served as president of Cranbourne Chorale from 2003 to 2007, and as Vice President from 2007 to 2018. He is currently the sitting president. His contributions have meant that many local residents of Casey - particularly boys - have engaged with (and forged) hobbies and careers in music and performing arts.
2018 Recipient - Chantelle Riordan
Chantelle has received little formal recognition for her voluntary efforts in the past. It is perhaps testament to her ‘quiet achiever’ personality and selfless attitude to simply help where she can without seeking reward. The Casey Community has benefitted greatly from Chantelle’s membership and involvement in many local arts organisations.
This includes the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band, the Casey Camera Club and BATS Theatre Company, as well as being a volunteer ukulele tutor at the Balla Balla Centre. It also includes being the president of the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band and, finally, as a sitting member of Casey’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.
Nominate someone for the Award
Nominations will open in 2022 for Casey's most prestigious arts award. Do you know of an individual – an artist or an arts supporter – who has made a significant contribution to the arts in Casey? If you have an arts champion in your community, you can nominate them and have them recognised for their contribution to arts and culture in the community.
Eligibility – who you can nominate
To nominate someone for the award, they must:
- be a current or previous member of an arts organisation or group servicing residents in the City of Casey
- be an individual who provides their expertise to further the development of the arts in Casey. The period of time, level of commitment and the positive impact the nominee has had on the arts in Casey is considered.
Ineligibility – who we cannot accept
You cannot nominate:
- previous winners of the Lindsay King arts award