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2018 Australia Council Awards and National Indigenous Arts Awards open for nominations

2018 Australia Council Awards and National Indigenous Arts Awards open for nominations
August 13, 2017

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the opening of nominations for its two high profile national arts awards programs.

The prestigious Australia Council Awards recognise artists across a range of practice areas, including music, literature, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, dance, and community arts and cultural development.

First Nations artists also have the opportunity to be nominated for the highly respected National Indigenous Arts Awards.

Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer said the awards provide an important opportunity to celebrate Australia’s exceptional artistic talent, and to recognise leadership which contributes significantly to the vibrancy and dynamism of our national arts sector.

Myer stated “we recognise the power of the arts to challenge, provoke, and inspire. These awards are a way of acknowledging the role artists play in shaping Australia’s cultural identity.”

Myer said the past recipients are among Australia’s most celebrated artists, adding “these awards honour artists who are central to Australia’s international reputation for excellent artistic practice, fearless experimentation and rich storytelling traditions.”

The National Indigenous Arts Awards recognise excellence in both established and emerging First Nations artists.

The Red Ochre Award for lifetime achievement has an extraordinary list of alumni, and for the first time in 2017 two were awarded, recognising Dr Ken Thaiday Senior and Lynette Narkle.

The Dreaming Award for emerging artists (aged 18 to 26 years) has supported impressive young Indigenous artists to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships.

The 2017 recipient was Ancestress/Teila Watson.

The National Indigenous Arts Awards are decided by a national panel of Indigenous arts peers.

Nominations for both the Australia Council Awards and the National Indigenous Arts Awards close on 3rd October 2017.

Artists must be nominated by another individual or organisation and cannot self-nominate. 

Click here for more information on the 2018 Australia Council Awards.

Click here for more information on the National Indigenous Arts Awards.

Image: Ancestress/Teila Watson (right) with Lynette Narkle, Lisa Maza and  Dr Ken Thaday at the 10th National Indigenous Arts Awards (NIAA) at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year. 

1st March 2016 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL HONOURS LEADING ARTISTS WITH 2016 AWARDS

14th December 2015 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL STEPS AWAY FROM SUPPORTING YOUTH THEATRE

28th May 2015 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL AWARDS INDIGENOUS CREATIVE EXCELLENCE

10th March 2015 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS

5th March 2015 - NEW DATA SHOWS THAT THE ARTS MATTER TO AUSTRALIA

 


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