Join the First Nations Arts Awards – broadcast live for the first time!

    27 May 2020

    The recipients of the 2020 First Nations Arts Awards will be revealed tonight during an unmissable ceremony to be held live online.

    This special event will be jointly hosted by Wesley Enoch AM, Chair of the Australia Council’s First Nations Arts Strategy Panel (hosting from the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation) and Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair, Australia Council for the Arts (hosting from the lands of the Kaurna people). It will include a yidaki fanfare and a performance by the Stiff Gins (Yuwaalaraay, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta Nations) live from the Sydney Opera House.

    Formerly called the National Indigenous Arts Awards, these significant awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding creativity and lifetime achievements of Australia’s First Nations artists. The awards are held each year on May 27 to mark the anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

    “This is a powerful moment for us to celebrate First Nations artists, at a time when physical distancing means many of us are feeling more disconnected than ever, and connect through creativity,”said Lydia Miller, the Australia Council’s Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts.

    "Everyone is invited! This is an opportunity for everyone to connect in the digital world- both here in Australia – and all over the world, to come together as one and join in this celebration of First Nations arts and culture.”

    Attendees can download the event app from our website to join the conversation, or simply sit back and enjoy the event online.

    The 2020 awards will recognise ten outstanding First Nations artists, including the recipients of the prestigious Red Ochre Awards for Lifetime Achievement.

    To join the celebration visit: First Nations Arts Awards 2020

    6pm – 7pm (AEST) Wednesday May 27, 2020

    For more information, visit our website.


    Media contact: 

    Brianna Roberts, Media Manager

    Australia Council for the Arts

    Phone: (02) 9215 9030 Mobile: 0498 123 541

    Email: b.roberts@australiacouncil.gov.au

    Learn more about the First Nations Arts Awards 2020.

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