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Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), captures the attention of the nation. Each year sees an increasing variety of art forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.


Now firmly established as a critical event on Australia’s cultural calendar, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) with Telstra deliver this unique annual event showcasing the best in Indigenous art from across the country.

Heading into its 36th year, Telstra NATSIAA is the longest-running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events on the Australian Indigenous art calendar. The exhibition attracts an audience of more than 65,000 visitors each year.





Now awarding $80,000 in prizes


The 36th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country. The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80,000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.


The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.


Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:


  • Telstra Bark Painting Award - $5000

  • Telstra General Painting Award - $5000

  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) - $5000

  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) - $5000

  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) - $5000

  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) - $5000

  • Telstra People’s Choice Award


Winners will be notified by Friday 2 August 2019 and announcements made at the opening ceremony for the exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin on 9 August 2019.


A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.


Please note: Prize money for any award does not include GST and GST does not apply.

All awards are non acquisitive.





Entries for 2019 are submitted through the online form. You can save your application at any time.


Please contact MAGNT if you don't receive a confirmation email once your entry is submitted.



Please contact MAGNT if you require assistance or are unable to access the online form by email or call (08) 8999 8287



All artworks are to be submitted digitally. Please do not freight or deliver artworks to MAGNT prior to the selection of finalists.





  • Artist and/or agent contact details

  • Photograph of the artist

  • Artist’s biography

  • Artist’s CV

  • Artwork details: title, medium, dimensions, award category and price

  • Image/s of the actual artwork

  • An extended statement/story (50–300 words) on the artwork

  • A summarised statement/story (30–50 words) on the artwork

  • Hanging/display instructions



Friday 9 August 2019


10 August 2019 -

24 November 2019

10:00am - 5:00pm



Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday


19 Conacher Street, The Gardens, Darwin NT 0820

GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801



Tel: +61 8 8999 8264

Bookings essential

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Telstra have been the principal sponsor for 25 years. NATSIAA is also supported by the Northern Territory Government and the Australia Council for the Arts, as part of its Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy.

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