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Established in 1993, the Red Ochre Award pays tribute to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist who throughout his or her lifetime has made an outstanding contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

The award is a cash grant, given annually.

Source: Sighted: 10/12/2013.


  • Established in 1993 by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board to 'pay tribute to artists who have made outstanding contributions to the recognition of Indigenous art and culture in the wider community, both at national and international levels'. The award is offered annually.

    (Source: The Australia Council Grants Handbook, 1998)

Works About this Award

Uncle Jack's Life Is Honoured in Ochre Nick Paton , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 702 2019; (p. 6)
'Uncle Jack Charles is a national treasure. And now he's been presented with the prestigious Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards along with Pakana shell artist Aunty Lola Greeno.' (Introduction)
Foley Wins Red Ochre for Pioneering Work 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 17 June no. 603 2015; (p. 8)
Gary Foley was awarded the 2015 Red Ochre Award at the Australia Council's eighth National Indigenous Arts Awards... with fellowships awarded to Brenda L Croft and Reko Rennie.
Gulpilil Award Marks Paradise Regained 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 May 2013; (p. 3)