First Nations Arts Awards

2022 First Nations Arts Awards: nominations are now open

The following Awards are now open for nominations:


2021 First Nations Arts Awards

The recipients of the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards have been announced during a special event streamed online.

The First Nations Arts Awards are delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts each year on May 27, marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the start of National Reconciliation Week.

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists.

 

The First Nations Arts Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists. The awards presented on the evening were:

The Awards also acknowledged the many First Nations artists who have received other Australia Council awards in the last year including:

Jazz Money (First Nations Emerging Career Development Award), Justin Grant (First Nations Emerging Career Development Award), William Barton (Australia Council Don Banks Music Award) and Marianne Wobcke (Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development.

The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to support an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. The mentor/partner will be another established professional artist or arts institution nominated by the artist.

Past award recipients include:

The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior male and a senior female Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

Past award recipients include:

Australia Council Fellowships are offered once a year and peer assessed by a panel of experts from within the relevant art form. The Fellowships, each worth $80,000 support creative activity and career development for mid-career and established artists for up to two years.
Past award recipients include:

  • Alison Milyika Carroll, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (TAS)
  • Djon Mundine OAM, Red Ochre Award – theatre (VIC)
  • Thea Anamara Perkins, The Dreaming Award – visual arts (QLD)
  • Maree Clarke, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow – dance (VIC).
  • Aunty Lola Greeno, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (TAS)
  • Uncle Jack Charles, Red Ochre Award – theatre (VIC)
  • Jenna Lee, The Dreaming Award – visual arts (QLD)
  • Jacob Boehme, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow – dance (VIC).
  • Mr John Mawurndjul AM, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (NT)
  • Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (QLD)
  • Thomas E.S. Kelly, The Dreaming Award – visual arts (NSW)
  • Hetti Perkins, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow  visual arts, (NT).
  • Dr Ken Thaiday Senior, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (TSI)
  • Lynette Narkle, Red Ochre Award – performing arts (WA)
  • Teila Watson, The Dreaming Award – performing arts (QLD)
  • Lisa Maza, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow theater, (QLD).
  • Yvonne Koolmatrie, Red Ochre Award – visual arts (SA)
  • Corey ‘Nooky’ Webster, The Dreaming Award – visual arts (NSW)
  • Ms Vicki Couzens, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow interdisciplinary arts, (VIC).
  • Dr Gary Foley, Red Ochre Award – performing arts (VIC)
  • Kahl Wallis, The Dreaming Award – music (VIC)
  • Brenda L Croft, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow visual arts, (WA)
  • Reko Rennie, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow visual arts, (VIC).
  • Hector Burton (deceased), (2014), The Red Ochre Award, visual arts, SA
  • Tyrone Sheather, (2014), The Dreaming Award, visual arts, NSW
  • David Gulpilil OAM, (2013), The Red Ochre Award, performing arts, NT
  • Rhonda Unrupa Dick, (2013), The Dreaming Award, visual arts, SA
  • Warren H. Williams, (2012), The Red Ochre Award, music, NT
  • Nakkiah Lui, (2012), The Dreaming Award, performing arts, NSW
  • Archie Roach, (2011), The Red Ochre Award, music, VIC
  • Michael Leslie, (2010), The Red Ochre Award, dance, WA
  • Gawirrin Gumana AO (deceased), (2009), The Red Ochre Award, visual arts, NT
  • Doris Pilkington Garimara AM (deceased), (2008), The Red Ochre Award, literature, WA
  • Tom E. Lewis, (2006), The Red Ochre Award, theatre, NT
  • Seaman Dan, (2005), The Red Ochre Award, music, TSI
  • John Bulunbulun (deceased), (2004), The Red Ochre Award, visual arts, NT
  • Jimmy Little (deceased), (2003), The Red Ochre Award, music, NSW
  • Dorothy Peters, (2002), The Red Ochre Award, literature, VIC
  • Banduk Marika, (2001), The Red Ochre Award, visual arts, NT
  • Mervyn Bishop, (2000), The Red Ochre Award, photography, NSW
  • Justine Saunders OAM (deceased), (1999), The Red Ochre Award, theatre, QLD
  • Bob Maza AM (deceased), (1998), The Red Ochre Award, theatre, TSI
  • Jimmy Chi (deceased), (1997), The Red Ochre Award, theatre, WA
  • Maureen Watson (deceased), (1996), The Red Ochre Award, performing arts, QLD
  • Rita Mills (deceased), (1995), The Red Ochre Award, music, TSI
  • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (deceased), (1994), The Red Ochre Award, visual arts, NT
  • Eva Johnson, (1993), The Red Ochre Award, theatre, SA,

Amount: $20,000 (each)

Applications close: 12 October 2021

Applications close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-30 years and supports them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally.

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Amount: $50,000 (each)

Nominations close: 12 October 2021

Nominations close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

The prestigious Red Ochre Award pays tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

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Award Recipients 2020

Red Ochre Award: Alison Milyika Carroll

Red Ochre Award: Alison Milyika Carroll

Alison Milyika Carroll is a senior Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman. She is an accomplished artist and a significant cultural leader. Alison’s artistic practice, spanning batik, ceramics and painting, is highly respected. Her artwork communicates both Walka (design) and Tjukurpa (Law, Story and Dreaming). Alison takes both old and new styles, melding them together to make her own unique visual language.

Red Ochre Award: Djon Mundine OAM

Red Ochre Award: Djon Mundine OAM

Djon Mundine is a Bandjalung man. He is a foundational figure in Australian art. He is an intellectual, an activist, and a cultural leader. He is a fierce advocate and a driving force, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia, and internationally. Djon was art and craft adviser at Milingimbi in 1979, and curator at Bula-Bula Arts in Ramingining in Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities for sixteen years.

The Dreaming Award: Thea Anamara Perkins

The Dreaming Award: Thea Anamara Perkins

Thea Anamara Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon woman.Raised and based in Sydney, she has family ties to the Redfern community and engages with the area through her painting and installation practice. In 2018 she was a lead artist participating in the restoration of the iconic 40,000 Years mural in Redfern. She has held solo exhibitions at FirstDraft gallery and Our Neon Foe, as well as exhibiting at TARNANTHI.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow: Maree Clarke

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow: Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman. She is an independent multi-disciplinary artist and curator, with a 30 year history of working in the contemporary and cultural First Nations arts sector. Maree is a leading possum skin artist, also working with kangaroo teeth, echidna quills, glass, photography and more.

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