The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement)

Key Dates:

Closing date: 4 November 2019 11.59pm (AEST) 

Amount: $50,000

Award Categories:

The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement): Female Recipient

The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement): Male Recipient

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The Red Ochre Award (Lifetime achievement)

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 artist. Awards will not be given posthumously.


About the Awards

The National Indigenous Arts Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. On the evening of the 27 May 2020, the following awards will be presented:

  • the prestigious Red Ochre Awards for outstanding lifetime achievement
  • the Dreaming Award for recognition of an emerging artist
  • the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship to support the creation of a major work by an artist. 

Assessment criteria

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 nationally and internationally to:

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

Each award recipient will receive $50,000.


What to expect in the application

You will need the following for 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 nationally and internationally
  • Lifetime contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Artistic Leadership
  • Arts practice

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.
  • Required: Letters of support for the nomination. 

How to submit a nomination

To nominate log in here to our Application Management System (AMS) if you have an account. You can create an account if you do not already have one

  1. Select 'Submit a Nomination' from the left panel menu.
  2. Then under 'Awards' select 'Start a new award nomination'
  3. Ensure you select the correct award from the list of options
  4. Complete the fields and select answers with dropdown menus
  5. Upload any necessary support material
  6. Select ‘Save’ once complete
  7. If you are not ready to submit your nomination you can return to it through 'Your Draft Applications' in the left panel menu at a later date
  8. Otherwise select ‘Submit’

Handy Tip:

Have any support material such as nominee CV (no more than 2 pages), letters of support, nominee details, website URLs, videos, etc ready to enter/upload prior to commencing your nomination.

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Download the PDF version of these guidelines.
Download the accessible RTF version of these guidelines.


Contact 

For any questions in relation to this award, please contact Jorjia Gillis, Project Manager, First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts on (02) 9215 9040 or j.gillis@australiacouncil.gov.au 

Learn more about the 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards recipients. 

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