Congratulations to David Gulpilil winner of 2013 Red Ochre Award – announced tonight at Sydney Opera House
Aboriginal artist David Gulpilil honoured at National Indigenous Arts Awards
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Artist David Gulpilil has won the prestigious Red Ochre prize at the National Indigenous Arts Awards.
The awards, held at the Sydney Opera House, recognise outstanding Aboriginal artists and the contribution Indigenous artists make in Australia and on the world stage.
Gulpilil, 59, won the prize in recognition of his career spanning more than 40 years in film, dance and painting.
He began his acting career in the 1971 production, Walkabout.
Gulpilil, who went on to appear in several feature films including Rabbit Proof Fence, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and Ten Canoes, says it is vital to pass on these skills to the next generation.
“That is our history I’ve been keeping for the Indigenous people of Australia, and I’m still keeping it,” he said.
Fellowship winner Richard Frankland says he will use his prize money to pen a theatre piece about Australia’s history, from an Aboriginal perspective.
“Our job, whether we like it or not, is to look back at the past and say ‘this is what really happened’,” he said.