Award Recipients 2019

Red Ochre Award: Uncle Jack Charles 

Actor Uncle Jack Charles is a Boon Wurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung man, a beloved and respected elder. He is acknowledged as the grandfather of Aboriginal theatre. He’s best known for his screen performances in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gods of Wheat Street, Cleverman, Black Comedy, Play School (ABC TV); and his autobiographic stage show Jack Charles V The Crown which has toured nationally and Internationally. 

Red Ochre Award: Aunty Lola Greeno

Aunty Lola Greeno is a Pakana shell artist, curator, educator and arts worker. Greeno’s 30-year career has seen her work exhibited and collected by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2014, Greeno was recognised with Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft Award. 

The Dreaming Award: Jenna Lee 

Jenna Lee is a Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman. She identifies as a queer, mixed race, Asian, Aboriginal woman, with her art practice strongly influenced by these overlapping identities. Her practice spans curation, creative design, art making and production. 

She has won the Libris Artist Book Prize, was an inaugural participant of the Blak Curatorial Exchange and is now working with some of the oldest museums in the UK to uncover hidden artefacts and objects, and with them the stories of her ancestors. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellow: Jacob Boehme

Jacob is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations in South Australia. He is a multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. He was the founding Creative Director of Melbourne's YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival. His debut solo work Blood on the Dance Floor played at Arts House North Melbourne the Sydney Festival. Boehme works in cultural maintenance, research, and revival of traditional dance with elders and youth from Indigenous communities across Australia.

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