Internationally renowned Aboriginal artist Alison Milyika Carroll has received one of the state’s highest arts and cultural honours, winning the Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 Ruby Awards.

Presented by Arts South Australia, the Ruby Awards celebrate the best of South Australia’s arts and cultural sector, with 12 winners announced at a gala event at the Queen’s Theatre in Adelaide.

Ms Carroll is an artist of more than four decades standing with works held in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the British Museum. She was recognised not only for her distinguished artistic career but also for her extraordinary work as a cultural leader and ambassador for South Australian Aboriginal arts.

As Director of Ku Arts, the South Australian peak body for Aboriginal artists and art centres, and Chair of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal arts centre Ernabella Arts, in Pukatja, in the APY Lands, Ms Carroll is a strong advocate for her community and the wider APY region, and has made an enormous contribution to the APY Lands art movement.

She received a bespoke, ruby-coloured glasswork designed and made at the JamFactory, and will be honoured with a gold nameplate on a seat at the Festival Theatre.

The inaugural Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award went to Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter, who after being appointed in 2016 at age 29 is one of the youngest people ever to lead an Australian state orchestra.

See the full list of winners at