The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation has been part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival since 2011 by offering an annual Peace Foundation Award. The Peace Foundation Award is open to all Adelaide Fringe Festival artists who promote human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability through their work.
The award winner receives a statuette, Adelaide Fringe Award Winner Crest for future promotional use and $2000.
2015: Blood At The Root – A play by Dominique Morisseau and performed by Penn State University School of Theatre is a play inspired by the Jena Six. The Jena Six were six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The six black students were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the centre of the school courtyard. The play deals with the ongoing issues of racism in the US as well as dealing with the other kinds of social difference.
The quality of those that applied was very high and the shows five theatre works, one dance and one visual arts exhibition were considered for the award. They were:
“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair.”, HEX, Reconstruction: Drawing of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake 2011, Call Mr. Robeson, Tripped, Pale Face Cold Blood and Blood At The Root.
Thank you to everyone who applied for 2015 Peace Foundation Award at the Adelaide Fringe.
2014: Two winners were selected this year for their outstanding work. The judges felt that they represented what the Fringe is all about: great local and international acts in Adelaide, Australia.
One of the winners was local theatre company True North Youth Arts Ensemble, with their performance ‘A Sense of Home’.
The other winner was international theatre company Por Piedad Teatro, the performance was entitled ‘A Special Day’. These companies are both worth watching for what they do and supporting them.
2013: No Award was given.
2012: seven kilometres north-east by innovative political theatre company Version one point zero Inc. (Honourable mention: The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts – Guy Masterson’s Centre for International Theatre (C.I.T.)
2011: No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability
Application Instructions & Form
About the Award
- To recognise an artist(s) whose work aligns with the objectives of the Peace Foundation
- To recognise an artwork of excellence that is innovative and experimental
- To encourage artistic expression in human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability
Winner will receive:
$2000 and a Statuette
The Peace Foundation Award is open to all Fringe artists who promote human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability through their work. By being part of the Adelaide Fringe Awards, The Peace Foundation is able to support artists whose work aligns with the objectives of The Peace Foundation and at the same time furthers their commitment to experimentation, excellence and innovation in the arts.
All registered Fringe artists are invited to self-nominate for the 2015 Peace Foundation Award thereby agreeing to the selection criteria and conditions outlined below.
Closing date has been extended to Friday 13 February 2015 at 5pm.
Artwork must be in accord with one or more of the following of the Peace Foundation objectives:
- promotes human rights
- supports Indigenous people´s rights to economic self-determination
- promotes peace as a way of solving conflict
- promotes care of the environment and sustainable development
- supports justice for oppressed peoples
Adelaide Fringe 2015 registered artists in all categories are eligible for the award.
In accordance with eligibility as outlined above, artwork will also be assessed on the following:
- Engagement – Audience and or Critical Response
- Clarity of artistic vision
- Fringe Factor
- Demonstration of how the award will contribute financially toward the continued life of the artwork (through future performances or exhibitions), although not required, would be considered favourable).
The Peace Foundation Management Committee will appoint a Peace Foundation Award Sub-Committee which includes professional industry representatives. Based on the selection criteria, the role of the Sub-Committee is to shortlist applicants, view artworks and select an award winner. Sub-Committee members must declare any conflict of interest and not be part of the selection process of artworks with which they have an affiliation.
Shortlisted applicants will be posted on www.adelaidefringe.com.au and www.artspeacefoundation.org no later than mid March 2015. The Peace Foundation Award Sub-Committee will select a winner from the shortlist.
The Peace Foundation Sub-Committee decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Peace Foundation Sub-Committee is not required to discuss the reasons for their decisions or give feedback on specific artworks.
The winner will be announced at the Fringe Awards Ceremony.
- The presenter agrees to allocate up to 4 complimentary tickets to the Peace Foundation Sub-Committee across the season, excluding preview performances and any performances taking place after 6.00pm on 13 March 2015. The presenter will bear the cost of complimentary ticket fees.
- Any documentation requested must be correctly submitted in order to be considered for the award.
- The Peace Foundation would be like to be acknowledged in future marketing material of the winning artwork for a period up to twelve months, this may include information about the award, the Peace Foundation logo and/or the Peace Foundation website address as provided by The Peace Foundation.
- The Peace Foundation reserves the right not to fund any of the submissions presented in a particular year if it does not meet selection criteria.
- All applications to be submitted online, no applications will be accepted by mail.
How to apply
Applying for the Peace Foundation Award involves the submission of an application form and supporting material.
Applicants must include the following:
- Completed Online Application Form
- Contact details for two (2) referees
- Up to two pages of any relevant supporting material. All supporting material should be clearly labeled.
2015 Fringe Festival Round:
- Submissions open 1 December 2014
- Submission of Application by Friday 13th February 2015
- Click HERE to open online application.