Adelaide critics are among the most feared in the world - and extremely educated in their art because of their exposure to the city's long history as home to famous arts festivals, and the fecundity of arts in the state of South Australia.
Some 20 critics from mainstream
and alternative media belong to the Circle and meet regularly in Chesser Cellar to assess the state of the arts and to recognise its levels of excellence. The critics make nominations of outstanding work and, at year’s end, vote for those who will receive the cash and trophy awards - the ACColades.
Since its inception in 1996, at the instigation of Festival Artistic Director Robyn Archer, and its first awards in 1997, the Adelaide Critics Circle has steadily grown in both breadth and stature. It has always been graced by Government sponsorship which both consolidates its objectivity and indicates the Government's support for local awards and the importance of the professional kudos they bestow.