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The Loftys

Watch This Space’s Annual Lofty Award recognises a Central Australian that has, through their own work and engagement in the local and broader community, contributed to the artistic conversation of Alice Springs and beyond.


The Lofty Award is named after the late Pamela Lofts, one of the founding members of Watch this Space ARI in 1993. It recognises her dedication to her arts practice, consistently producing works of a high quality across a variety of media, and her contribution to the development and exhibition of contemporary and experimental art and the cultural dialogue in Alice Springs and Central Australia.

The Lofty award is designed to acknowledge the recipients’ contribution to community through their practice, and recognises those who play a role in the ‘ever evolving creative culture of Central Australia’. Whilst the award is given to an individual, it is also the broader community who benefit as it enables the a wide range of people to be inspired and participate in arts and culture, and is a chance for them to come together and recognise the individuals who are responsible for nurturing and maintaining this in and around Alice Springs.

The winner of the Lofty will receive a locally designed commemorative trophy commissioned by Watch This Space, a lifetime membership to Watch This Space and inclusion in the 2018 program, and a $1500 cash prize.

Previous winners of the award are Franca Barraclough, David Nixon, Kieran Finnane, J9 Stanton and Doris Kngwarraye Stuart.

More info about the evening’s event(s) to come… watch this space





5pm, Saturday 25th November, 2017



Make a nomination!


Know someone who you think deserves to win the 7th Lofty Award? Make a nomination today and send it through to us!

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must:

  • Be a current or previous member of Watch This Space
  • Demonstrated a dedication and passion for maintaining a high standard of arts practice that builds the cultural voice of Central Australia

Download The Lofty Award Nomination Form 2017 or email us for a copy at

Shortlisted applicants will be notified before the annual Lofty Awards night, held at Watch This Space on Saturday the 25th of November.








The Lofty Awards are generously sponsored
by the always-dazzling, Brian Tucker.