A number of prominent Australian arts figures have been acknowledged in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Gina Fairfax was acknowledged for her ​​work as founder and trustee of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, and received a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – the highest honour awarded – for eminent service to the community through leadership roles in charitable organisations, as an advocate for philanthropy, to arts administration and to regional development.

A 2006 portrait of Australian playwrite Ray Lawler by photographer Bill McAuley. Fro the National Portrait Gallery collection.

A 2006 portrait of Australian playwright Ray Lawler, © photographer Bill McAuley. From the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Playwright Ray Lawler, best known for his landmark Australian play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, was made an Officer of the Order (AO) of Australia, acknowledging his distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, playwright and director.

Arts administrator Nicholas Heyward was made a Member of the Order (AM) of Australia. Currently Chair of Symphony Services Australia and the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania), Heyward has had a long and distinguished career. He was Managing Director of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2018, and was a former CEO of the Brisbane Biennial International Festival of Music and the Adelaide Festival. Other positions include seven years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London, and roles with Victorian State Opera and Musica Viva Australia.

Several other celebrated names were made a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their work, including author, poet, cultural activist and social commentator Dr Anita Heiss, actor and educator Philip Quast, composer, actor Maggie Dence and actor/producer Carol Raye. There was also a posthumous acknowledgement of the work of Chrissy Sharp, the respected arts administrator who died in late 2021.

Composer and pianist Joe Chindamo received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia, as did violinist and former Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival Chris Latham.

​​”On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognised in today’s Honours List,” said Governor-General David Hurley.

“Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service. They’re from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and each has impacted their community and made it better. For that, we thank them and, today, we celebrate them.”

“Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the very best of Australia.”

Recipients of 2022 Queen's Birthday honours (L-R): Joe Chindamo; Chrissy Sharp, photo © Prudence Upton; Philip Quast, photo © Johan Persson.

Recipients of 2022 Queen’s Birthday honours (L-R): Joe Chindamo; Chrissy Sharp, photo © Prudence Upton; Philip Quast, photo © Johan Persson.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the Performing Arts

COMPANION (AC) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mrs Gina Madeline FAIRFAX – For eminent service to the community through leadership roles in charitable organisations, as an advocate for philanthropy, to arts administration, and to regional development.

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Raymond Evenor LAWLER – For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, playwright and director.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Ms Margaret Helen DENCE – For significant service to the performing arts as an actor.

Mr Ian William DICKSON – For significant service to the performing arts as a benefactor.

Dr Harold FABRIKANT – For significant service to the performing arts, and to medicine.

Dr Anita Marianne HEISS – For significant service to tertiary Indigenous studies, and to the arts.

Mr Nicholas Richard HEYWARD – For significant service to the arts, and to orchestra leadership.

Emeritus Professor Valerie Anne KIRK – For significant service to tertiary arts education, and as an artist and curator.

Mr Philip QUAST – For significant service to the arts as a performer, mentor and educator.

Ms Carol RAYE – For significant service to the performing arts as an actor and producer.

Mr Alan Graham RYDGE – For significant service to event hospitality, and to the entertainment industry.

The late Ms Christine Josephine SHARP – For significant service to arts administration in a range of roles.

Mrs Helen Elizabeth SJOQUIST – For significant service to the performing arts, and to youth.

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Billy BAXTER – For service to the performing arts, and to radio.

Mr Andrew David BELLAIRS – For service to the performing arts, and to radio.

Mr William Douglas BLAIKIE – For service to the performing arts.

Mrs Diane Kathleen BRENNAN – For service to performing arts education.

Ms Linda Rose BULL – For service to the performing arts.

Ms Vika Veiongo BULL – For service to the performing arts.

Mrs Helen Claire CAMPBELL – For service to music through education and performance.

Mr Greg CHAMPION – For service to the performing arts, and to radio.

Mr Joe CHINDAMO – For service to music, and to the performing arts.

Mrs Dorothy Ann DANTA – For service to the arts, particularly to music festivals.

Mrs Sandra DAVIES – For service to the performing arts, and to music education.

Ms Christine Maria DOUGLAS – For service to opera.

Mrs Anne Elizabeth FROST – For service to the performing arts.

Ms Amber HASLER – For service to performing arts administration.

Mrs Rosemary Margaret HYDE – For service to the performing arts.

Mrs Susan Grace JONES – For service to dance, and to environmental education.

Ms Jennifer Avriel KEMARRE MARTINIELLO – For service to the creative and visual arts.

Mr Christopher Peter LATHAM – For service to the performing arts, particularly to music.

Ms Caroline LEE – For service to the performing arts.

Mr Jeffrey Daniel McGEE – For service to the performing arts, and to radio.

Ms Leah Jing McINTOSH – For service to the arts as a writer and publisher.

Ms Elizabeth Anne O’DONOVAN – For service to jazz and cabaret music.

Ms Marilyn PHILLIPS – For service to choral music.

Mr David Geraint PUMPHREY – For service to medical research and performing arts organisations.

Mr Jeff RICHARDSON – For service to the performing arts, and to radio.

Mr Oleg STEPANOV – For service to the performing arts, particularly to piano.

The late Mrs Ellen Theresa WILLIAMS – For service to the performing arts.

Mr Peter Leslie WILLIAMS – For service to the performing arts.


See the full 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List on the Governor-General’s website.

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