Stanleys is the ACA's ultimate annual awards judged by Australia's
Now in its 23rd year, the Stanleys weekend is the highlight for many
cartoonists to catch up, talk shop and learn more about
each other and
their craft. The Stanleys weekend is comprised of the cartoon conference and the Stanley Awards.
23rd Annual Stanley Awards Conference will be held at Rydges in Wollongong,
NSW in November 2007.
Stay tuned for more details. A brochure and booking form will be
posted online shortly.
ANNUAL STANLEY AWARDS CONVENTION
Melbourne’s Herald Sun’s Mark Knight has been named The
Age Cartoonist Of The Year at the 22nd annual
Stan Cross Awards ceremony hosted by Rod Quantock in
Ballarat on November 4.
Knight also won the Sydney
Morning Herald Editorial/Political Cartoonist Stanley.
At the same time Australian international cartooning icon Paul
Rigby was presented with the prestigious
Russell Award for a lifetime of contribution to
The Stanley Award categories are listed below. The recipient is
underlined amongst the year's finalists.
Corel Humorous Illustrator
Wacom Digital Illustrator
Australian General Illustrator
Herald Sun Caricaturist
Education Direct Single Gag Cartoonist
Daily Telegraph Comic Strip Artist
Sydney Morning Herald Editorial/Political Cartoonist
Age Cartoonist of the Year
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OF THE ANNUAL STANLEY AWARDS CONFERENCE
the early 1920s leading cartoonists participated in the Artists' Ball.
This was an annual bohemian revel held at the Sydney Town Hall. When the
revelry grew so boisterous for the more timid and elite fine artists
that it was temporarily abandoned, the cartoonists took up the reins and
for the next 30 years or so, continued to stage their own Black and
White Artists Ball.
Out of these shindigs the Club grew. Named the Sydney Black and White
Artists' Club, its membership included every famous cartoonist in
Sydney, such as Stan Cross, Jim Bancks, Syd Nicholls, George Finey and
so many others.
However, realising that there were numbers of newspaper cartoonists
employed in other states and in country areas, the Sydney group decided
it was time to expand their membership and activities. The name was
changed to the Australian Black and White Artists' Club and the
membership grew to more than 100 members. In 1984, the membership had
grown to nearly 400 and it was decided by the national committee that it
was time they had awards to be presented to winners in various
categories and that an annual function should be held for the
In early 1985 the Awards Committee approached Mr Trevor Kennedy, then
Editor-in-Chief of The Bulletin, to provide exclusive sponsorship for
a series of annual awards for cartoonists and other newspaper and magagazine
The Bulletin agreed to the sponsorship and named the event "The
Bulletin Black and White Artists' Awards" and the tradition had
begun. Samples of members' work was circulated to all members in the
club in the form of the "voting book" and secret balloting
by members for artists in six categories was conducted. The votes were
forwarded anonymously to Peat Marwick and Mitchell, a leading firm of
accountants who provided the names of the winners for the night.
The club commissioned Eberharde Franke to sculpt a model of the well
known cartoon 'For gor'sake stop laughing, this is serious!' by Stan
Cross, one of the greatest members of the black and white craft and
a foundation member of the club. Bronze, silver and gold statuettes
were cast from the model to present to the winners at the inaugural
Awards Night in November 1985.
With an increased public profile, the club has attracted other corporations
who recognise the talent of our artists' and their role in Australia.
In 1989, The Australian newspaper sponsored the Bill Mitchell Award
to be presented annually at The Stanleys as an encouragement award to
In 2007, the
Awards will again be announced in Wollongong. NSW. Nine bronze statuettes for: Comic Strip,
Editorial/Political, Single Gag, Caricaturist, General Illustrator,
Humorous Illustrator and Digital Artist. The Silver Stanley is now known
as the Jim Russell Award and is awarded to a cartoonist for services to
the cartooning industry. The Gold Stanley, the major award, is awarded
for Cartoonist of the Year.
Previous recipients of Stanley Awards are as follows:
Gary Clark (1985), Ken Emerson (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988), Brian
Kogler (1989), James Kemsley (1990), Brian Kogler (1991, 1992, 1993),
Gary Clark (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999), Tony Lopes (2000 & 2001), Gary Clark (2002), Sean Leahy (2003), James Kemsley (2004), Tony
Lopes (2005 & 2006).
Until 1999 Adventure
/Illustrated Strip Artist was a separate category from Comic Strip
Cartoonist. Recipients of that award were: John Dixon (1985, 1986),
Monty Wedd (1987), Roger Fletcher (1988), Monty Wedd (1989),
Roger Fletcher (1990), Michael Dutkiewicz (1991), John Dixon (1992),
Peter Foster (1993), Chris Wahl (1994), Michael Dutkiewicz (1995), Glenn
Lumsden & David de Vries (1996, 1997), Michael Dutkiewicz (1998),
Christopher Brunton (1999)
Eric Jolliffe (1985, 1986), Matthew Martin (1987, 1988), Brian Kogler
(1989, 1990, 1991, 1992), Mark Knight (1993),
Cathy Wilcox (1994), Kerry Millard (1995), Glen Le Lievre (1996), Cathy
Wilcox (1997), Pat Campbell (1998), Kerry Millard (1999), Mark Lynch
(2000), Matt Golding (2001), Tony Lopes (2002), Dean Alston (2003), Pat
Campbell (2004), Matt Golding (2005 & 2006).
John Spooner (1986), Geoff Hook (1987), Bill Leak (1988, 1989), Andrew
Ireland (1990), Bill Leak (1991), Tony Champ (1992), Sturt Krygsman
(1993), Bill Leak (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996),
Sturt Krygsman (1997), Bill Leak (1998), Col Cameron (1999), Pat
Campbell (2000), David Pope (2001), Pat Campbell (2002), David Pope
(2003, 2004, 2005), George Haddon (2006).
John Spooner (1985), Earl Budden (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Edd Aragon
(1988), Bill Leak (1989), John Tiedemann (2000), Not Awarded (2001),
Steve McGarry (2002), Sturt Krygsman (2003), George Haddon (2004), Tom
Jellett (2005), Peter Sheehan (2006).
Between 1990 - 1999 this
category was split into Symbolic Illustrator and Realist Illustrator.
Symbolic Illustrator: Michael Fitzjames (1990, 1991) Edd Aragon (1992,
1993), Eric Löbbecke (1994), Sturt Krygsman (1995), Peter Wilkinson
(1996), David Rowe (1997), Sturt Krygsman (1998), Paul Newman (1999)
Realist Illustrator: Tony Champ (1990), Earl Budden (1991), Tony Champ
(1992, 1993, 1994), Steven O'Brien (1995, 1996), Brett Lethbridge
(1997), Paul Newman (1998, 1999).
Rolf Heimann (2003), John Shakespeare (2004, 2005), Tony Bela (2006).
Between 1990 -
1998 a Stanley was awarded for Graphic Artist. Recipients of the awards
for that category: Donna Short (1990), Remi Bianchi (1991), Stephen
Short (1992), Tony Bela (1993), Stephen Short (1994), Donna Short
(1995), Tony Bela (1996, 1997, 1998), Geoff Richardson (1999).
John Spooner (1985, 1986), Ulf Kaiser (1987), Edd Aragon (1988), Bill
Leak (1989), Edwin Huxley (1990), John Shakespeare (1992), Eric
Löbbecke (1993), Bill Leak (1994, 1995), Eric Löbbecke (1996), Brett
Lethbridge (1997, 1998), Joanne Applegate (1999), Sturt Krygsman (2000),
David Rowe (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Brett Lethbridge (2005), Eric
Bill Mitchell (1985), Ron Tandberg (1986), Bill Mitchell (1987, 1988),
Alan Moir (1989, 1990, 1991), Bill Mitchell (1992), Geoff Pryor (1993),
Cathy Wilcox (1994), Mark Knight (1995), Bill Leak (1996), Warren Brown
(1997, 1998, 1999), Rod Emmerson (2000), Michael Atchison (2001), David
Pope (2002), Rod Emmerson (2003), Peter Broelman (2004 & 2005), Mark
The Jim Russell Award
Formerly the Silver Stanley for Contribution to Australian Black &
White Art, this award is made to the individual or organization who in
the opinion of the ACA Committee has made a significant contribution to
Previous recipients have been:
1985 JIM RUSSELL
1986 THE BULLETIN
1987 JOHN THORBY
1988 VANE LINDESAY
1989 STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
1990 JAMES KEMSLEY
1991 DAN RUSSELL
1992 LINDSAY FOYLE
1993 JOHN CHAMPION/ ROTARY CLUB OF COFFS HARBOUR CITY
1994 LES DIXON
1995 COLE BUCHANAN
1996 TONY RAFTY
1997 L.J. HOOKER
1998 GEOFF HOOK
1999 ROGER FLETCHER
2000 JENNY HUGHES
2001 BRUCE PETTY
2003 BILL "WEG" GREEN
2004 MONTY WEDD
2005 ALLAN "SOLS" SALISBURY
2006 PAUL RIGBY
Best Cartoon on the night. Every Stanleys Award night conducts a themed
gag cartoon competition amongst those attending. The winner, judged by
special guests, is given the duty of designing the cover the next
year's ACA Year Book.
James Kemsley (1985), George Haddon (1986), Bill Leak (1987), Neil
Matterson (1988), Mark David (1989), Neil Matterson (1990), Roger
Fletcher (1991), Lou Dargham (1992), Patrick Cook (1993), Will Goodwin
(1994), Mark Lynch (1995), Mark David (1996), Gary Clark (1997), Peter Broelman
(1998), Neil Matterson (1999), Gerard Piper (2000), Tony Lopes (2001),
Mark Lynch (2002), Lee Sheppard (2003), Brett Bower (2004), David
Follett (2005), Matt Golding (2006).