The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement)

Nominations for senior artists are accepted from arts and community organisations and individuals.

About the Red Ochre Award

The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay 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 Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

The Red Ochre Award recognises:

  • lifetime contribution to First Nations Arts nationally and internationally
  • lifetime contribution to the First Nations community
  • artistic leadership and arts practice.

The Red Ochre Award now includes recognition of both an outstanding senior male artist and an outstanding senior female artist. The recipients of these Awards will receive $50,000 each. These awards will be presented at the First Nations Arts and Culture Awards.

Nominations for senior artists are accepted from arts and community organisations and individuals. Senior artists may not nominate themselves and nominations may only be made for a living artist. Awards will not be given posthumously.

About the First Nations Arts and Culture Awards

The First Nations Arts and Culture Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists. On the evening of the 27 May 2023 the following awards will be presented:

We also acknowledge awards given to First Nations Artists across Australia Council Programs.

Nominations will be assessed by the First Nations Arts Strategy Panel against the assessment criteria below.

Assessment criteria

Nominations will be assessed against two criteria.

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what the Strategy Panel members may consider when assessing your application.  You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

  1. First Nations Community, Arts and Culture
  • significance of the contribution to the ongoing development of the First Nations arts and cultural expression
  • inspire First Nations community to keep culture strong
  • First Nations community recognition
  • impact of engagement, the span of influence and contribution to the First Nations community
  • ensuring their practice is accessible to the First Nations community.
  1. Arts Practice and Leadership
  • substantial contribution to the development of First Nations arts Nationally and internationally
  • artistic practice maintained over a significant period of time
  • outstanding body of work
  • industry and peer recognition and acknowledgment
  • significance of the work within the area of practice
  • contribution to diverse cultural expression.

The types of questions we ask in the nomination form include:

  • whether an individual or organisation is nominating someone for the Award
  • the nominee’s key art form(s) practice
  • why you are nominating this person for the Award. Include how their personal and professional achievements in their arts practice and artistic leadership has contributed to First Nations arts and communities and how long they have been practising their art (up to 8,000 characters).

You may submit support material with your nomination. This could include links to the artists website and examples of their artistic work.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

If you cannot supply material via URLs, you may upload support material to your nomination in other formats, for example:

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).

Contact Artists Services for help and advice on how to submit support material.