Nominees for the NAIDOC Artist of the Year Award may include musicians, writers, poets, visual and performing artists, photographers, play writers, artists, singers and actors. That is, any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander who have empowered communities and cultural change through their creative work.
Winners of the Artist of the Year Award have included hip hop pioneer and all around creative Adam Briggs, choreographer, teacher and Bangarra Dance Theatre’s longest serving dancer, Elma Gada Kris, and the late, great Gurrumul Yunupingu.
To nominate an individual for the Artist of the Year use the following selection criteria:
- Demonstrated excellence in the nominated category
- The individual’s status as an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian population
- Demonstrated leadership
- The individual’s future goals and likely impact
- Demonstrated commitment to personal/vocational/career development