New Art Award Dedicated To Queens Ball Founder Sybil Von Thorndyke


Queens Ball History

A new art award dedicated to the founder of the long-running Queens Birthday Ball event will be awarded next year.

The award will be established with the proceeds of an upcoming book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s Queen’s Birthday Ball, the world’s longest running LGBTIQ event.

It will be known as the QBB Founder’s Award, in honour of the event’s founder Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke (pictured, centre), with the winner to be announced at the annual Queens Ball event each year.

“Dame Sybil has always been known both for the Ball and for her devotion to the arts, particularly for her long career as an acclaimed art teacher,” the book’s publisher Bill Rutkin said.

“This award will marry those two interests.

“One of the aims of the QBB Founders Award is to provide a permanent acknowledgement to Dame Sybil’s towering and unique contribution to the LGBTIQ community in Queensland.”

Entries will be open to members of the LGBTIQ community residing in Queensland or northern NSW, with the prize pool for the inaugural award next year either the proceeds of sales of the book or $2,500, whichever is greater.

The upcoming book, being produced in association with Brisbane Pride, Queensland AIDS Council and QNews Magazine, will chart the growth of Queens Ball event from its humble beginnings on Mt Tamborine through to recent years at its new home inside Brisbane City Hall.

Mr Rutkin said further details of the award will be announced at the launch of the book, scheduled for this year’s Brisbane Pride Festival in September.

The 57th Annual Queens Ball Awards were held last Saturday night, with more than a dozen awards given out recognising contributions to the local LGBTIQ community.

For more information about the Queen’s Birthday Ball History Project, visit the Facebook page.