National Indigenous Arts Awards
The National Indigenous Arts Awards were established in 2007 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. These prestigious national awards consist of the Red Ochre and the Dreaming Award.
Now in its 9th year, the annual awards celebrate the achievements and artistic creativity of exceptional Indigenous artists and are presented during the awards ceremony on the 27th May each year. The awards are decided by a national panel of Indigenous arts peers consisting of leading Indigenous artists, curators and arts managers from each state and territory, including the Torres Strait Islands.
The Red Ochre Award
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel established the Red Ochre Award in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their lifetime achievement in the arts and their outstanding contributions to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.
Nominations for a 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 artists. Awards will not be given posthumously.
In selecting a nominee the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel will take into account the artist’s outstanding lifetime achievement to:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
- Artistic leadership.
The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years and supports the opportunity for them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally.
The successful candidate is mentored in their chosen discipline (music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, new media, and cultural vibrancy) by another established professional artist or by an arts institution nominated by the artist. In addition, the Australia Council will promote the achievements of the recipient to inspire other young artists.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel will base their selection on the following considerations:
- A project idea/concept
- Artistic merit of the project
- Cultural integrity of the project
- Professional development benefits of the project for the individual and the art form involved
- Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.
The Australia Council Fellowship
This Fellowship provides financial support for two years to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist to enable them to undertake a major creative project or program in their art form.
Previous Fellowship recipients include Richard Frankland, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Brenda L Croft, Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, Jenny Fraser and Dave Arden.