Carclew is at the forefront of the South Australian youth artscape. It’s a passionate organisation, fuelled by the innovation of youth culture and driven to develop the next generation of artistic minds. Since 1972, Carclew has been actively moulding South Australia into a creative community and has been recognised for its contributions. In recent years, these have included:


2018 Ruby Award for Best Work, Event or Project for Young People - Winner

Across 2017-18 Carclew and Catholic Education South Australia delivered a pilot project - Ngarrindjeri Yanun - at St Joseph’s school in Murray Bridge. The outcomes for teaching staff and students include rich, authentic, long-term experiences with local Aboriginal artists and a greater cultural awareness and understanding.


2017 Ruby Award | Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award - Alysha Herrmann - Winner

Alysha Herrmann is a highly skilled arts worker specialising in youth arts practice and working with regional communities. As Creative Producer of Carclew and Onkaparinga Council’s ExpressWay Arts program, she nurtured young artistic and cultural leaders in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, producing art that pushes for social change. Now as Creative Producer - Youth with Carclew and Country Arts SA she focuses on creating outcomes for young people in regional communities.


2017 Ruby Award for Community or Regional Impact (under $100,000) – Finalist

Losing Faith In Unicorns was an immersive theatre experience  created in  a real house in the southern suburbs of Adelaide and was an opportunity for audiences to lose themselves in the dark and sometimes hilarious corners of a young person’s mind. 

Created by real teenagers in collaboration with professional artists, Losing Faith in Unicorns was an invitation to touch, hear, sit, open, rifle through and explore. Part performance, part immersive installation, part choose your own experience, Losing Faith In Unicorns was part of the 2017 dreamBIG Children’s Festival.

> read more about Losing Faith in Unicorns


2015 Ruby Award for Arts Enterprise – Winner

Fifth Quarter is an arts incubator which supports artists to establish viable arts businesses. It champions the idea that creative professionals can simultaneously pursue innovation as artists and entrepreneurs.

> read more about Fifth Quarter


2015 Ruby Award for Community or Regional Impact (over $100,000) – Finalist

Run Zombie, Run was a community arts and cultural development project for young people in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. A project of Expressway Arts, an initiative of Carclew undertaken jointly with City of Onkaparinga, Run Zombie, Run encouraged young people to engage with their communities, discover new places and volunteer for local organisations. The outcome was an immersive theatre presentation, Zombie Gauntlet.

> read more about ExpressWay Arts


2014 Ruby Award for Community or Regional Impact (over $100,000) – Winner

Pom Pom is an open access contemporary visual art space in Davoren Park for children aged 12 and under, and their families, carers and guardians. Pom Pom opens the door to exceptional arts experiences, through which children are empowered with the confidence to be active creators of a better world. Pom Pom is a safe and inclusive haven providing weekly, sustained opportunities for creative, intellectual and social development, family cohesion, and nourishment of the spirit and imagination through artistic experiences.

> read more about Pom Pom


2014 Ruby Award for Innovation – Finalist

The Children’s Map project was a creative collaboration between Carclew, a team of professional teaching artists and 62 pre-school children and educators from four inner-city preschools, that captured the imaginations and enthusiasm of children as they explored and mapped the city of Adelaide.

Guided by teaching artists, each child learned basic digital photography skills before embarking on journeys across Adelaide city, visiting Rundle Mall, North Terrace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Zoo, Bonython Park, Botanic Gardens and everything in between. The children took hundreds of photographs that were used as cues in creating artworks and a visual map detailing the places and things they had discovered.

> read more about the Children's Map


2012 Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Organisation or Group – Winner

In 2012 Carclew were recognised for their longstanding commitment to support young people in the arts with a Ruby Award - Sustained Contribution by an Organisation or Group. Since its inception, Carclew has given South Australian children outstanding creative experiences. In addition, many South Australian performers, visual artists and arts managers can trace their early inspiration to Carclew.

Carclew would like to thank each and every person who has shaped the organisation throughout the past 40 years.


2011 International Drawing Inspiration Award (Campaign for Drawing, London, UK) – Winner

Carclew was presented with this award in April 2011 for the 2010 Creative Education Partnership artist residency Big Journal, Big Draw at Murray Bridge North Schools

> read more here 


2009 Australia business arts Foundation’s (AbaF) Giving Award – Finalist

This award reflected the significant support provided by the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Foundation for Carclew’s three-year project on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, Working towards creating healthy communities: the APY Lands project. 

2007 AbaF’s Australia Council Arts for Young People Award – Winner

This was for forging collaborations with BHP Billiton through the BHP Billiton Youth Arts Fund. 

2007 The International Union of Public Transport Youth Project Award Australia / New Zealand – Finalist

This was presented for Carclew’s Digital Sites program and linked public transport spaces with a local, emerging artists. 

2006 Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Typography Award – Finalist

Carclew and graphic designers IKD Design Solutions were finalists in the AGDA awards for the design of Carclew’s new logo. 

2006 National Australia Bank Volunteer Award – Winner

Carclew’s project Off The Couch won under the arts and culture category. 

2005 National Australia Bank Community Link Awards

Carclew’s Artery program won the Arts and Culture Category in SA.


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