Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group leader Major Sumner, St Joseph’s School project win at 2018 Ruby Awards

Dance group leader Major Sumner and the staff and students at St Joseph's School have won recognition at South Australia's leading arts and culture awards.

The winners of the 2018 Ruby Awards were named at the Queen's Theatre in Adelaide on Saturday night.

Mr Sumner, the artistic director of the Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group, was the inaugural recipient of the Stevie Gadlabarti Goldsmith Memorial Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural development.

Carclew Youth Arts won the award for the best work, event or project for young people with Ngarrindjeri Yanun, an initiative which brought Aboriginal artists into the Murray Bridge Catholic school.

Arts SA director Jennifer Layther congratulated them both.

"The Ruby Awards are all about celebrating South Australia’s dynamic and diverse arts and cultural sector, and the talented, hard-working people that keep it alive," she said.

"This year’s winners exemplify the high level of excellence in our state."

Premier Steven Marshall said it was easy to see why the state was internationally recognised for its arts and culture.

"The innovation, creativity and artistic excellence displayed by all the finalists and winners is testament to the strength and quality of the arts in South Australia, and I congratulate them all on their wonderful achievements," he said.

A celebration of the award win, and the Ngarrindjeri Yanun project, will be held at St Joseph's next Wednesday.

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