Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts are a rich contribution to the world’s culture, and to Australia’s diverse contemporary culture and national identity.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts include classical, traditional and contemporary practice, including all new forms of cultural expression. This is applied across all art forms and in urban, regional and remote areas.

The Australia Council for the Arts regards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as living forces with their own strengths and influences, not as remnants of the past. We aim to make these cultural expressions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a source of pride for all Australians.

The value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts activity to individuals, families and communities is significant culturally, socially and economically, and its potential is significant in all communities. Research by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the Telstra Foundation about the role of Indigenous festivals highlighted not only the economic benefits but improved well-being, as people reported that they had an increase in cultural pride and self-esteem stemming from a sense of inclusion and cultural identity.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Policy 

Keeping Culture Strong

Protocols Working with
Indigenous Artists
 


Funding

Funding is dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations. This funding is assessed wholly by Indigenous peers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations are welcome to make applications for activities with vibrancy in artistic and cultural expressions.

Need help with your application? Contact a Grants Officer now

The Tenth 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. 

In 2017 the 10th annual  awards will celebrate the achievements and artistic creativity of exceptional Indigenous artists on the 27th May. Celebrated on this day 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.

Click here to read more.

National Indigenous Arts Awards
National Indigenous Arts Awards

Highlights

2017 Featured Grants

Featured News

Featured Media

‘Our’ nation’s audiences

‘Our’ nation’s audiences
Panelists: (Stage Right - Left) Frank Panucci - Executive Director, Arts Funding. Australia Council for the Arts, Rachel Griffiths, Archie Roach, Lydia Miller (Moderator) - Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts. Australia Council for the Arts
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