The Kate Challis (RAKA) Award

Opens
13th Aug 2018
Closes
30th Sep 2018
Enrolment status
Other
Other

Area of creative arts for 2018 is: the best painting, sculpture or craft-work in any medium or style by an artist who has held an exhibition in the preceding five years

Study Area

Australian Indigenous studies

About

This prize is proudly supported by the Australian Centre.

This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award). In the Pintupi language RAKA means 'five' and in the Warlpiri RDAKA means 'hand', and both meanings are particularly apt for a prize to be awarded in a cycle of five years to individual artists - novelists, poets, musicians, painters and playwrights - whose 'hands' are the basic means of creativity.

The $20,000 award is offered annually and is to be applied to encourage Indigenous creative artists to undertake literary works, paintings, sculptures, craftwork, plays and musical compositions and to assist in advancing the recognition of Aboriginal achievements in these areas. It is awarded in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts - creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry - being rewarded each year.

Visit the Australian Centre website for more information on past winners.

Benefits

Approximately $20,000

Eligibility

  1. The author must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  2. The prize is to be awarded to the best painting, sculpture or craft-work in any medium or style by an artist who has held an exhibition in the preceding five years
  3. The art must have been exhibited between January 2013 and January 2018

Conditions

The recipient is required to:

  • Accept award online within 14 days
  • Write a  letter of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance)
  • Attend the award announcement
  • Unsuccessful entrants will be notified after the awards event
  • The decision of the Judging Committee is final

Application process

Submit your application online and upload the following documents to support your application:

  1. Up to 10 images of your work and/or links with relevant passwords - label your images by their title. If uploading more than 1 photo of the same piece of work, label by title and a number
  2. An Artist's Statement of up to one page
  3. Curriculum vitae

Apply

Enquiries

Email aust-centre@unimelb.edu.au