INDIGENOUS NEWS FROM THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

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What: Darwin Art Fair The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Ltd (DAAFF) is inviting Indigenous Art Centres to register for the 2014 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.  If you have any queries, please contact Claire Summers, the DAAF Event Manager, at info@darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au

What: The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award  The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is the most prestigious award for Indigenous playwrights in Australia. The $20,000 award includes a $12,500 commission for a new play and a cash prize of $7,500.     Applications are open nationally. Last year the award was won by Larrakia/Bardi/Wardaman/ Yanuwa writer and performer Jada Alberts. In 2012 the inaugural award went to Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander writer Nakkiah Lui. You can read the guidelines at belvoir.com.au/balnaves Then send applications to  literary@belvoir.com.au  Applications close 6pm Friday 28 March.

What: Applications open now for the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards The 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, projects and initiatives put into changing their communities for the better. Any Indigenous-controlled organisation, project or initiative can be in the running for:  $60,000 in prize money, Corporate mentoring and promotional packages for all finalists, Feedback from the judging panel for all applicants. If you know an Indigenous organisation or project that deserves recognition for what they’re doing, let us know at iga@reconciliation.org.au or by completing the recommendation form at www.reconciliation.org.au/iga Applications close 30 May 2014.

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