NOW AWARDING $80,000 IN PRIZES
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.
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
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
36TH TELSTRA NATSIAA - ENTRIES OPEN NOV
Anwar Young, Unrupa Rhonda Dick and Frank Young, Kulata Tjuta - Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears - Young fella story), 37 spears, digital print, wood, kangaroo tendon, kiti (natural glue), 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris, Pitjantjatara, Ngura Pilti, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, Lines, earth pigments on Stringybark, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Robert Fielding, Milkali Kutju – One blood, synthetic polymer paint and ink on burnt and pierced paper, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Shirley Macnamara, Nyurruga Muulawaddi, aged spinifex, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), synthetic polymer paint on linen, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
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.