Artist of the year

recognising the success and contribution of our artists

The DREAM Artist of the Year Award was established in 2012, with the aim of raising the profile of the region’s arts community, specifically highlighting the successful professional artists who have emerged from the region.

This award aims to put the spotlight on these artists, providing inspiration to our young artists – ensuring they know that it is possible to grow up in a rural area and achieve success in the arts.

In 2013 our Assessment Panel was expanded to include representatives of several key arts organisations within the community who have the difficult task of assessing the nominations each year.

Applications for the 2019 Artist of the Year have now closed. Our assessment panel will consider all applications and announce the successful artist in the coming weeks.



PREVIOUS recipients


2018 - Dave Mason

A renowned singer-songwriter, record producer and actor, Dave was a founding member and lead vocalist of ‘The Reels’, who shot to fame in the late 70’s.

Dave wrote many songs, including ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ which in 2001 was listed by the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) at No. 10 of their Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

Libby Gleeson bnw.jpg

2017 - Libby Gleeson

An internationally renowned author of over 40 popular, highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, Libby spent the formative years of her life in Dubbo, completing her schooling at Dubbo High School. She was school captain and dux in 1968.

Lisa Edwards Photo.jpg

2016 - Lisa Edwards

Lisa is a classical ballet dancer who has been performing with the Queensland Ballet Company since 2004. Prior to this, Lisa was dancing and touring with Swiss and German companies.

Phil Stack Colour..JPG

2015 - Phil Stack

Phil is a founding member of multi-platinum rock/pop group Thirsty Merc. In addition to this, he is one of Australia’s most respected double-bassists, touring the world with the legendary James Morrison. He has also played with some of Australia’s greatest symphony orchestras and has won several national awards.

Ella Havelka.jpg

2014 - Ella Havelka

Making history as the Australian Ballet Company’s first Aboriginal dancer, Ella Havelka has performed in numerous productions, including several international tours. This follows Ella’s successful career performing with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Mervyn 2.JPG

2013 - Mervyn Bishop

Walkley Award winning photographer, Mervyn Bishop was the first Aboriginal photographer employed at the Sydney Morning Herald. With a long and successful career, Mervyn’s work has been displayed around the world.

Kellie colour media headshot.jpg

2012 - Kellie Dickerson

The inaugural recipient of this award, Kellie Dickerson, is one of Australia’s foremost musical directors, with productions including Wicked, Doctor Zhivago, Legally Blonde and Once; just to name a few.