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Kate Challis RAKA Award

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Kate Challis RAKA Award

Time: October 2, 2013 at 6pm to October 1, 2014 at 7pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Website or Map: http://australian-centre.unim…
Event Type: competition, award
Organized By: Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith
Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2014

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Kate Challis RAKA Award

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 approximately $20,000 award is offered 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.

Find out more - Australian Centre Website.

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