Congratulations to Sabbia Gallery artist, Alison Milyika Carroll, as the recipient of the Red Ochre Award 2020.
Alison is an Ernabella artist, chairperson and champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Alison has been awarded the prestigious Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Australia Council for the Arts First Nations Awards 2020, on May 27.
The award pays tribute to a senior male (this year Djon Mundine OAM) and senior female Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander person for their outstanding achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.
Alison is a Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara artist and leader from the Pukatja Community, APY Lands. Her career in the arts spans over four decades. She is currently the Chair of Ernabella Arts, Australia’s oldest art centre, established in 1948. Alison is also Director of Ku Arts, a position in which she offers strong cultural and strategic leadership.
As an artist, Alison works across multiple mediums including ceramics which are represented at Sabbia Gallery. Her work is held in collections worldwide.
Alison relishes her role as a teacher to emerging artists and cultural leaders. She actively develops and advocates for opportunities for young people in the community, so that they remain connected to culture and ensure strength and pride of their identity and their art centre for years to come.
A well deserved honour for a remarkable and strong woman.