10 August 2018
Heading into its 35th 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.
This year’s Telstra NATSIAA showcases the diverse practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, unearthing new artistic developments in contemporary Indigenous art practices for new and emerging artists, whilst also including major works by some of Australia’s most revered artists.
This year's Awards Ceremony and Opening Night draws upon four horizon lines, visible throughout Australia, with an evening of incredible live performance, music and dance, set on the picturesque MAGNT lawns.
Enjoy performances from Baker Boy, Emily Wurramara, the NT Dance Company, Mau Power and more, and immerse yourself in the amazing Indigenous art brought together from regional areas and urban centres.
Bring a picnic or order from one of the food trucks on site, where a paid bar will be operating.
The 35th Telstra NATSIAA exhibition will officially open at 8.30pm, after the Awards Ceremony.
Throughout the opening weekend engage in Indigenous art and culture, participate in artist-led workshops, listen to the winning artists and see performances in the gallery space.
AWARDS CEREMONY & OPENING NIGHT
Friday 10 August, 6–10pm
Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August, 10am–5pm
35TH TELSTRA NATSIAA AWARDS CEREMONY
The line-up includes Baker Boy, Emily Wurramara, Eric Avery, Mau Power, NT Dance Company, Muggera Dancers, Tjukuritja Dance Company and Eip Karem Belzam, with Miranda Tapsell and Nakkiah Lul hosting the event.
In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities Yurrwi, 21 year-old Danzel Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines.
Emily Wurrumara is a proud Indigenous performer from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory. Writing since she was 9, Emily sings with heart and honesty, striving to share her stories and experiences through her original music. A Queensland Music Award winner, showcasing artists at Folk Alliance International, who has toured across Australia, performing at major events in every state, including Woodford Folk Festival and Bluesfest, Emily has achieved national rotation on Triple J and ABC.
Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist. As part of his practice Eric plays the violin, dances and composes music. Working with his family’s custodial songs he seeks to revive and continue on an age old legacy – continuing the tradition of singing in his tribe – utilising his talents to combine and create an experience of his peoples culture.
Driven by the passion for storytelling, inspired by the culture of Hip Hop, Mau Power is a lyrical storyteller from Thursday Island in the Torres Straits. For many years he has been guided by two cultures, Indigenous culture and Hip Hop culture. It is the art of story telling that embodies the connection of two cultures that makes Mau Power a truly unique Australian artist with universal appeal.
The NT Dance Company is Indigenous-owned. Our Darwin based professional dancers with Aboriginal, Filipino, Torres Straits Islander, African and Anglo heritage reflect the diverse cultures of Darwin. The NT Dance Company holds a strong cultural and altruistic focus supporting youth diversion and rehabilitation programs and dance workshop delivery to disadvantaged Indigenous youth in remote NT communities.
In 2015 Darren Compton and Jacqui Cornforth founded Muggera Dancers, a family group who prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism. The members for Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders, song men, world-class dancers and didgeridoo players with a formidable respect for culture. All members of Muggera have been performing and sharing their culture for many years and have been guided by their Elders over many decades.
Miranda Tapsell is a Logie Award winning actor, best known for her roles in The Sapphires and Love Child.
Nakkiah Lui is a writer, actor and broadcaster, and a Gamillario/Torres Strait Islander woman. Nakkiah was the first recipient of The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council. The same year, Nakkiah was also the inaugural recipient of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright award, and hosted the Radio National Awaye program and NAIDOC Evenings for ABC Local Radio, broadcast nationally.
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.