National Indigenous Arts Awards

The Red Ochre Award

Closing date: 3 October 2017

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 now includes recognition of both an outstanding senior male artist and an outstanding senior female artist. 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 artists. Awards will not be given posthumously.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel will be selecting the male and female award recipients and will take into account the artists’ outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Artistic leadership
  • Arts practice

Nominate online or download the 2018 Red Ochre Award Nomination form.

Please contact Michelle Wong, Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts on 02 9215 9171 or M.Wong@australiacouncil.gov.au  if you need a Red Ochre Award form mailed out to you.​

Dreaming Award

Closing date: 3 October 2017

The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to recognise an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years and support 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 Strategy 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.

Nominate online or download the 2018 Dreaming Award Nomination form.

Please contact Michelle Wong, Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts on 02 9215 9171 or M.Wong@australiacouncil.gov.au if you need a Dreaming Award form mailed out to you.​

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