Senior First Nations artists receive recognition for lifetime achievement

Uncle Badger Bates and Aunty Mabel Juli receive Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement, while emerging First Nations excellence is also celebrated.
2024 First Nations Arts and Culture Awards recipients (l to r) Dean Brady, Tibian Wyles, Sara Prestwidge, Brenda Gifford, Uncle Badger Bates, Meleika Gresa. Photo: Supplied. A group of First Nations artists in front of a photo board with the Creative Australia logo and photos of First Nations performances.

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Presented by Creative Australia on 27 May each year to coincide with the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the start of National Reconciliation Week, the First Nations Arts and Culture Awards recognises First Nations excellence across the arts and cultural sectors.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_