The Canberra Critics Circle met a few mights ago to announce the recipients of its 2012 Awards for excellence. The full list and details of awards can be found on the Circle website.
I was particularly pleased to see recognition for Everyman Theatre's production of pool, no water, Rose Shorney's excellent musical direction of Titanic and Hairspray, and Caroline Stacey's many, varied and innovative projects at the Street Theatre. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a nod in the Visual Arts category for Vivienne Lightfoot's exhibition Substance at ANCA - and it would have been nice to have seen a valedictory mention of Jorg Schmeisser's posthumous exhibition at Beaver Galleries. And though a gong for the Rugby Choir is probably well due, it's a shame that it didn't arrive until after the departure of long-time musical director Andrea Clifford, who laid so much of the groundwork for the Choir's success.
I like the CCC Awards. I don't always agree with them - there are a couple this year that I thought were downright naff - but that only goes to show that any "critic" who claims to be truly objective is either a fool or a charlatan. The Circle has credibility and gravitas, the awards are genuinely local, and open to all, and no award may be made at all in a category unless the Circle members consider the quality justifies it.
Congratulations to all those who were recognised, and thanks to the Canberra Critics Circle for taking the time and investing in the effort required to acknowledge the work of our local artists and performers.