Money wins First Nations Arts Award

Poet and artist Wiradjuri Jazz Money has won a 2022 Dreaming Award for Young Emerging Artist, presented as part of the Australia Council’s First Nations Arts Awards.

Money’s first book of poetry how to make a basket (UQP) came out last year. Her practice centers on the written word while producing work that spans installation, digital, film and print, and her writing has been widely performed and published nationally and internationally. Trained as a filmmaker and artistic worker, Money specializes in storytelling, community collaboration and digital production, working with First Nations artists and communities to deliver digital projects.

One of three categories presented as part of the annual First Nations Arts Awards, the Dreaming Awards were presented to Money and musical theater actor Brittanie Shipway. Artistic director of the Bangarra dance company Stephen Page and visual artist Destiny Deacon received the Red Ocher Awards for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, while singer/songwriter Emma Donovan is the recipient of the 2022 Arts and Culture Fellowship from First Nations.

Franchesca Cubillo, Executive Director of the Australian Council of First Nations Arts and Culture, said: “The First Nations Arts Awards celebrate the exceptional work and achievement of First Nations artists. The 2022 winners cross a range of art forms and experiences, from music and theater to dance, visual arts and poetry. The common thread between them is that they are all storytellers, and the stories they share are central to Australian cultural life and national identity.

The First Nations Arts Awards are held annually on May 27, marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the start of National Reconciliation Week. The awards were presented at a special event streamed online and broadcast by NITV. For more information, see the Council of Australia website.

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Colin L. Johnson