Showcasing the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country, from emerging and established artists.

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) exhibition captures the attention of the nation, with an inspiring breadth of work from emerging and established artists.

Each year Telstra NATSIAA 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.


Ngarralja Tommy May

Wangkajunga and Walmajarri language

2020 Telstra Art Award Winner

Wirrkanja, 2020

Explore the virtual gallery
Visit the exhibition online for the first time 

Discover the stories of the unique art practice of this year’s finalists - experience the full 360° interactive virtual gallery on your computer, or explore on your mobile to see the beautiful sculptures come to life through augmented reality.

2020 Telstra NATSIAA Finalists​

Australian Capital Territory

Krystal Hurst

New South Wales

Amala Groom

Western Australia

Annette Lormada

Ben Ward

Bessie Daylight

Billy Yunkurra Atkins

Cecilia Umbagai

Cynthia Burke

Dallas Smythe

Illiam Nargoodah

John Prince Siddon

Leah Umbagai

Mabel Juli

Ngarralja Tommy May

Rosie Tarco King

Sonia Kurarra

Timo Hogan

Yukultji Napangati


Cassie Leatham
Kent Morris

Northern Territory

Adrian Jangala Robertson

Barayuwa Munuŋgurr

Deborah Wurrkidj

Dhuwarrwarr Marika

Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu

Don Nakidilinj Namundja

Doreen Jinggarrabarra

Doris Bush Nungarrayi

Garawan Waṉambi

Gary Lee

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu 

Jack Green

Jason Lee

Joanne Napangardi Wheeler

Lance James

Marrnyula Munuŋgurr

Mary Dhapalany

Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo

Raelene Kerinauia Lampuwatu

Rerrkirrwaŋa Munuŋgurr

Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs
Titus Nganjmirra

Yalanba Waṉambi

South Australia

Angkaliya Curtis

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown

Betty Muffler

Ginger Wikilyiri

Iluwanti Ken

Keith Stevens

Leah Brady

Mark Morris

Nyunmiti Burton

Nyurpaya Kaika Burton

Peter Mungkuri and Alec Baker

Robert Fielding

Sammy Lyons

Tiger Yaltangki

Tjala Women's Collaborative

Wawiriya Burton


Dylan Sarra

Jenna Lee

Jimmy K Thaiday – Torres Strait Islands

Ryan Presley


Key dates

"It’s been a great honour to have the opportunity to undertake the judging and we are delighted by the calibre of this year’s entries."
Karen Mills, Stephen Williamson and Donna Nadjamerrek
2020 Judges Panel





Awarding $80,000

across seven categories


Telstra Art Award (The Big One)


Telstra General Painting Award

Telstra Bark Painting Award

Telstra Works on Paper Award

Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (sponsored by Telstra)

Telstra Multimedia Award

Telstra Emerging Artist Award

“This is the very first time I have been shortlisted for the Telstra NATSIAA Awards, for me it really is a dream come true. Making our work is a true celebration of our culture, we often sing the story as we paint. I am so proud to be as part of the Telstra NATSIAA this year, with my work about the Piltardi story."
Leah Brady, SA
2020 Finalist


Supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.


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