On Friday, The Australia Council for the Arts opened nominations for two of the country’s most prestigious art awards: the Australia Council Awards and the National Indigenous Arts Awards.
The Australia Council Awards encompass literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts, emerging and experimental arts, cultural development, and community arts. Last year’s winners included celebrated Australian author Kate Grenville, artist jeweler Susan Cohn, and movement coach Ali Kadhim, among many others. You can read about past winners and their contributions to Australian and world art here.
The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and is composed of the Red Ochre Award and the Dreaming Award. Both categories focus on a lifetime of contribution to Australia’s indigenous arts community. Last year’s winners included director and actor Lynette Narkle, singer/songwriter and actor Teila Watson, and visual performance artist and director Dr Ken Thaiday Senior, among others. You can read the stories of past winners and their art here.
“These awards honour artists who are central to Australia’s international reputation for excellent artistic practice, fearless experimentation and rich storytelling traditions,” said Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer, AO.
Nominations are open until October 3. To read more, visit The Australia Council for the Arts’s website here.