National Indigenous Arts Awards

The 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards

Nominations closed.

The Australia Council is now calling for nominations and Expression of interest for the 2019 Awards. These awards are assessed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel. The application can be done online through this page, or you can request a hard-copy by sending an email to the Operations Coordinator, Michelle Brown at m.brown@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Closing on Tuesday 2 October 2018.

The 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists.

The 2018 recipients join an impressive alumni of First Nations artists and leaders, who have been recognised for excellence in their work.

Thomas E.S. Kelly – The Dreaming Award (for emerging artists aged 18-26 years)

Mrs Mavis Ngallametta and Mr John Mawurndjul AM – The Red Ochre Award (for lifetime achievement)

Hetti Perkins– The 2018 Australia Council Fellowship (for established artists, supporting creative activity and professional development for up to two years)


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 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.

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, as criteria, the artists’ outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to:

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

· Artistic leadership

· Arts practice

Each award recipient will receive $50000.

How to apply/ What to expect in the application

To apply, first log in to your account by clicking the “Submit a Nomination” button or by clicking the following link:
https://online.australiacouncil.gov.au/ords/f?p=103:101:0

1. Select: Award Nomination

2. Start a new Award

3. Select:Red Ochre

4. Confirm your details: These are your personal details – not the person you are nominating.

5. If everything is correct, select Go to next page”.

6. Read the award guidelines.
Once you have read them, select the box ‘I have read and understand the guidelines for the award.’ Then, Go to next page.

7. Who are you nominating? Enter the details of the person you are nominating, and provide the best contact details.

8. About your nomination (8000 characters max)

  • Provide your reasons for nominating this person. 
  • Describe why you are nominating this person for the Red Ochre Lifetime Achievement Award. 
  • Please include how their personal achievements in their arts practice and their artistic leadership has contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

You should also consider the selection criteria by which your nomination will be assessed: 

·  Lifetime contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

·  Lifetime contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

·  Artistic Leadership

 Other supporters

  • Please provide the name of the person who has agreed to 'second' your nomination. 
  • You may also supply the names of other people who support this nomination.

 Support material

  • Required: CV for the nominee (max of 2 x A4 pages) this can include artistic support material.
  • Optional: a maximum of two letters of support for the nomination



Young and Emerging Dreaming Award

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's project must start after the 27 May, 2019, and the 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.

The Dreaming Award is self-nominated and you can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest. It does not count as one of the 3 grant applications that can be submitted throughout the year. The form does not allow for it to be administrated and this award will need to be acquitted.

The award recipient will receive $20000. 

How to apply/ What to expect in the application

To apply, first log in to your account by clicking the “Submit a Nomination” button or by clicking the following link:

https://online.australiacouncil.gov.au/ords/f?p=103:101:0

Once logged in to the Australia Council Grants portal, go to:

1. Grants and Grant reporting.

2. Select the drop down menu item:Expressions of Interest (EOI)

3. Click the blue button: Start a New expression of interest

4. You will be asked, are you applying as an…Select:  Individual

5. Then, select: Young and Emerging Dreaming Award

You will then be asked to confirm and/or update your details.

Summary

Describe your project in a brief summary (100 characters or less. NOT words)

Start date: From the 27 May, 2019

Detailed description

8000 characters or less

Please describe your project by explaining:

  • What you plan to do
  • How you plan to do it 
  • Its aims and expected outcomes
  • Why this project is important as a young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist.

Remember to express yourself when telling us about your project-it's like a Yarn.

You should also consider the selection criteria by which your EOI will be assessed

  • Artistic merit and new ideas of the project
  • Cultural integrity of the project
  • Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project
  • Professional development benefits of the project for the individual and the art form involved
  • Project as a major body of work

Support material

  • CVs
  • Letters of Support
  • Confirmations
  • Artistic support material.


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