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NOMINEE SHORTLIST

Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres

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Indigenous Fashion Projects are proud to announce the shortlisted nominees for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards in 2024!

Launched in 2020, the NIFA provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

The award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures. Proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company, principal media partner NITV, and award partners Country Road, RMIT, Canberra Centre, QIC, Franchesca Cubillo, Eastland and Helen Kaminski.

A big thank you to our esteemed panel of judges, who now have the task of selecting this year’s winners. Our judges include: Yatu Widders-Hunt, Elaine George, Lisa Waup, and Nimmi Premaratne from Country Road.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence across several areas:

 Traditional Adornment Award

supported by Helen Kaminski

Business Achievement Award

supported by QIC

Wearable Art Award

supported by Eastland

 Community Collaboration Award

supported by Canberra Centre

Textile Design Award

supported by RMIT University

Fashion Designer Award

supported by Country Road

NEW in 2024:

Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

supported by Franchesca Cubillo

NEW in 2024:

Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

supported by Franchesca Cubillo

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And the Shortlisted Nominees are…

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Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

Supported by

Hayley Dodd, Ikuntji Artists

Lindyn Rowland, ROWLAND VISION

Nardia Blackhall

Carly Dodd

Kahlia Rogers

About the Award

NEW IN 2024! Named in honour of Franchesca Cubillo’s mother, the Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award recognises an outstanding young person between the ages of 15-25 years, who is excelling in one or more of the areas of fashion, textile design, modelling, styling, wearable art, adornment and jewellery. 

The award considers: an individual journey, leadership and role modelling, along with a commitment to learning and developing practice.

The winner will receive: a $3,000 cash prize.

 

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Fashion Designer Award

Supported by

Cheryl Creed, MURRII QUU COUTURE

Briana Enoch, JARAWEE

Samala Cronin, MumRed

Natisha Tabua, Off The Plantation

Simone Arnol

Tahnee Edwards, Gammin Threads

About the Award

Since 2020, Country Road has been the proud presenter of the NIFA Fashion Designer Award. The award recognises an individual designer of original fashion apparel who has excelled both creatively and commercially.

The award considers: excellence in fashion design, styling and product quality and originality, commercial capability, cultural expression and storytelling, along with environmental and social contribution.

The winner will receive: a 12-month business mentorship with Country Road, an iconic Australian fashion lifestyle brand. The program is tailored to the needs and focus areas defined by the mentee, covering areas such as marketing, product development, sales and finance and sustainability, supporting the winner to further build their business and career. The mentorship can be delivered in person and online, with Country Road supporting travel expenses up to $5,000.

Previous winners include: Julie Shaw of MAARA Collective, Denni Francisco of Ngali and Lillardia Briggs-Houston. 

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Textile Design Award

Supported by

Kieren Karritpul, Merrepen Arts Culture and Language

Samala Thakialee Cronin, MumRed

Winsome Newberry, Faith Butler, Jade Butler, Sally Butler – Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjara Art

Elizabeth Wullunmingu, Babbarra Women’s Centre

Jay Jurrupula Rostron, Babbarra Women’s Centre

Lucy Yarawanga, Babbarra Women’s Centre

About the Award

Indigenous textile design holds deep meaning and continues to push the boundaries of contemporary First Nations cultures. It is a medium that offers freedom, where the use of the vibrant colours in textile design is represented in new expressions of old stories, which enable artists to stretch their imagination.

Presented by RMIT University, this award celebrates and recognises an individual designer of textiles, including woven, knitted, dyed, printed or surface ornamented constructions. For example: screen print and lino print designs, woven garments, innovative digital designs on fabrics.

The award considers: excellence in textile design, innovation and originality, quality of craft; print, dye or surface ornamentation (where applicable), cultural expression and storytelling, along with environmental and social contribution.

The winner will receive: a customised Textile Design Professional Development undertaken with globally recognised RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, ranked among the Business of Fashion’s ‘The Best Fashion Schools in the World’. The prize is tailored to the winning artist’s requirements.

Past winners include: Philomena Yeatman, Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct and Rowena Morgan, Nagula Jarndu.

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Community Collaboration Award

Supported by

Natisha Tabua x Laura Thompson, Clothing The Gaps, Daen Sansbury-Smith, Adjadura, Ange Jeffery, Ange Jeffery

 Skutta presented by KAFTA x Eunice Long, Nagula Jarndu Designs, Bianca Long, Jaru Girl, Aggie Pigram, Ardiol Art Centre

Magpie Goose x Ewyenper Atwatye (Hidden Valley) Artists

Melissa Greenwood, Miimi & Jiinda x Gilat Shani, Unreal Fur

About the Award

This award recognises strong, two-way relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry, where social and economic benefits flow to communities, and where First Nations Peoples’ agency in the collaboration process is front and centre. The award celebrates effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry.

For example: the nominee is an Art Centre or the community, with the award recognising all parties to the collaboration.

The award considers: demonstration of collaborative process and Indigenous agency, cultural expression and storytelling, social and economic contribution to Indigenous communities, originality and innovation.

The winners will recieve: a $10,000 cash prize to be split between each collaborator.

Past winners include: Bula’bula Arts x MAARA Collective, Anindilyakwa Arts x Anna Reynolds, Aly de Groot, Mimili Maku Arts’ Linda Puna x Unreal Fur and Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts X Aly de Groot.

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Traditional Adornment Award

Supported by

Cassie Leatham, Yanggurdi

Samala Cronin, MumRed

Delma Praljak-Trindall, Yurrandaali Arts

Maikutena Vicki-Laine Green

 

Jessika Spencer, Ngurru

Philomena Yeatman, Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct 

About the Award

For tens of thousands of years First Nations Peoples from around the continent have celebrated their cultures through traditional dress. This award shines a spotlight on the design of these items recognising an individual or group for the design of items that are created and worn to define or express culture. This award aims to encourage the creation and acknowledgement of traditional cultural regalia.

For example: ceremonial dilly bag, dancing belt, head-dress, or a possum skin cloak.

The award considers: a single item of cultural regalia, quality of construction, expression of living culture and traditional practice and storytelling, and contribution to the recognition and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The winners will recieve: a cultural exchange opportunity of the winners design and choosing, to the value of $3000.

Past winners include: Esther Yarllarlla, Bábbarra Women’s Centre and Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts Artists.

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Wearable Art Award

Supported by

Su Lousick, DandalooSu

Sarrita King

Samala Cronin, MumRed

Cassie Leatham, Yanggurdi

Lillardia Briggs-Houston

Carly Dodd

About the Award

Recognising an individual designer for the creation of a single (not a collection) worn item of clothing, accessory or piece of jewellery that demonstrates excellence in design, craft, cultural and artistic expression.

The award considers: design quality and originality, artistic merit, cultural expression and storytelling, quality of construction, along with wearability and/or performance potential.

Prize: The winning artist will receive a $5000 cash prize from Eastland.

Past winners include: Lillardia Briggs-Houston, Ngarru Miimi and Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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Business Achievement Award

Supported by

GALI Swimwear, David Leslie

Ngali, Denni Francisco

Nagula Jarndu, SKUTTA presented by KAFTA (Kimberley Aboriginal Fashion Textiles Art) Initiative

About the Award

This is an award for an individual or group, recognising leadership in a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business, showing both creative and commercial success in textiles and fashion, and positively impacting the Indigenous fashion sector. For example: a label, business, or Art Centre. 

The award considers: business innovation, product or service quality, environmental and social contribution, brand development and marketing, cultural expression and storytelling, and impact on the Australian Indigenous fashion sector. 

The prize: The winner of the Business Achievement Award will receive a $3,000 cash prize and customised business mentoring development. The mentoring will be designed and developed in support of the winner’s business goals and aims to enrich entrepreneurship and support fashion innovation.

Past winners include: Laura Thompson, Clothing the Gaps and Ikuntji Artists.

All Images Courtesy of the Nominees

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SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, 7 August, 2024

The NIFA 2024 will return to Larrakia Country this August alongside the renowned Country to Couture runway and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

More details and ticket sales to be announced.

 

Banner image featuring Elizabeth Wullunmingu. Babbarra Women’s Centre. NIFA 2024 Textile Design Award Nominee. Profile image 3.Elizabeth Wullunmingu and Janet Marawarr. Image courtesy of Phoebe Hyles and Helen Kaminski