Peace Foundation Award at Adelaide Fringe

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, Peace Foundation Award Winner Crest for future promotional use and $1000.

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: 

$1000 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 Peace Foundation Award thereby agreeing to the selection criteria and conditions outlined below.

Selection Criteria


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 2018 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.

Selection Process

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 and no later than early March 2018.   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 complimentary tickets to the Peace Foundation Sub-Committee across the season, excluding preview performances and any performances taking place after 6.00pm on 11 March 2018. 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 requires acknowledgement 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:

  1. Completed Online Application Form
  2. Contact details for two (2) referees
  3. Up to two pages of any relevant supporting material. All supporting material should be clearly labelled.

2018 Fringe Festival Round:

    1. Submissions open December 8th, 2017
    2. Submissions close on the 23rd February, 2018. 
    3. Some applicants may also be invited to make a submission.
    4. Please fill in the application form below and send it to 

      Download the Application Kit PDF version

      Download the Application Kit WORD version

      Past Peace Foundation Award Recipients at Adelaide Fringe:


      We Live By The Sea – by Patch of Blue 
      Playful visual storytelling with a live electronic score about autism, friendship and a very big wave.

      A dance performance which is the innate connection that all humans have with the natural world they live in, whether or not they choose to acknowledge it. The earth, our home is beautiful, grand and diverse – but human construction and destruction have pushed it to the edge. Can humanity come together to save and protect the very core of our existence?

      Labels – by Joe Sellman-Leava

      Labels continues it’s award winning run by adding the Peace Award to it’s collection at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. This piece is a deserving winner where the performance engages its audience to think about how we treat our fellow human beings. Worklight and Holden Street Theatre hope that the show will be engage more people in conversation about how the words we use affect the decisions we make about one another.

      Labels by Joe Sellman-Leava was inspired by a racism and equality workshop, led by Oscar-winning writer, actor and activist Emma Thompson, at Exeter University, 2009. The rise of far right parties both in Britain and across Europe compelled Joe to re-develop Labels By Joe Sellman-Leava for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

      Cast & Company

      Writer and performer – Joe Sellman-Leava

      Director and dramaturg – Katharina Reinthaller

      Producers – Michael Woodman and Joe Sellman-Leava

      Costume & stage design -Charlotte Anderson

      Lighting and sound design – Phil Hewitt

      Photography – Benjamin Borley and Anna Bruce

      Find out more about Worklight Theatre on their facebook page here and details about Holden Street Theatre here.

      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.

      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