Kate Challis RAKA Award

The Kate Challis RAKA Award is an arts award worth A$20,000, awarded annually by the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia to Indigenous Australian creative artists. It is awarded in a five-year cycle, each year in a different area of the arts: creative prose, drama, the visual arts, script-writing (screenplay or for theatre) and poetry.[1]

The award is sponsored by Professor Emeritius Bernard Smith, art and cultural historian, in honour his late wife, Kate Challis, who was earlier known as Ruth Adeney. "RAKA" is an acronym for "Ruth Adeney Koori Award". In the Pintupi language, "raka" means "five", and in Warlpiri, "rdaka" means "hand".[1]

It has been awarded since 1991.

Past winnersEdit

Past winners include:[2]


  1. ^ a b "Kate Challis RAKA Award". Scholarships. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. ^ "More past winners : Faculty of Arts". Faculty of Arts. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Mabel Juli". Harvey Art Projects. Retrieved 14 April 2020.