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Congratulations to former Gibson Sheat partner, Bill Sheat, on receiving a Wellington Icon Award at the 2019 Gold Awards. This award is further recognition for Bill’s substantial contribution to film and the arts in Wellington. Over the past 60 + years, he has been a staunch supporter and leader in the arts scene in the capital.

Wellington would be a very different place today save for Bill’s contributions and interventions on behalf of the arts community. A few of his achievements over the years include:

  • Set up NZ Film Commission and served as founding Chair
  • Chair of Royal NZ Ballet
  • Played a pivotal role in construction of the Hannah Playhouse
  • Saving the Opera House from the wrecking ball
  • Saving the Embassy theatre – Chair of Embassy Theatre Trust
  • Chair of Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Trust

In 1973 Bill was awarded an OBE, and in 2011 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in recognition of his extensive contribution to the arts.