First Nations Arts Awards

2021 First Nations Arts Awards

The recipients of the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards have been announced during a special event streamed online.

The First Nations Arts Awards are delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts each year on May 27, marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the start of National Reconciliation Week. 

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists. 


About the awards

The First Nations Arts Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists. The awards presented on the evening were:

The Awards also acknowledged the many First Nations artists who have received other Australia Council awards in the last year including: 

Jazz Money (First Nations Emerging Career Development Award), Justin Grant (First Nations Emerging Career Development Award), William Barton (Australia Council Don Banks Music Award) and Marianne Wobcke (Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development.

Meet the recipients

Dr Lou Bennett


Kutcha Edwards

Tasman Keith

Yorna (Donny) Woolagoodja


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