Showcase your work to a national and international audience.

Enter the 2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Be part of Australia's longest-running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards.

“This is the very first time I have been shortlisted for the Telstra NATSIAA, 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 Telstra NATSIAA Finalist

Awarding $80,000 across 7 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
It only takes 60 minutes to enter your work. ​

Why should I enter?

Telstra NATSIAA provides you with a international platform to showcase your work and tell your story to local and global audiences.

The Telstra NATSIAA Exhibition and Opening Ceremony highlights the latest in contemporary Indigenous artistic practice.

Finalists are published in the stunning exhibition catalogue and announced in an active media campaign. As a Finalist, you will also be exhibited in this world-class exhibition which receives over 85,000 visitors plus online attention.


Winners participate in a nationally significant media opportunity and are celebrated at the highly anticipated awards ceremony in front of 4,000+ audience members.

Key dates

  • Sunday 14 March 2021

    Entries close at midnight ACST.

  • Wednesday
    7 April 2021

    Finalists will be notified of selection

  • Friday
    6 August 2021

    Winners announced at theTelstra NATSIAA Opening Ceremony

  • 7 August 2020 – January 2022

    Exhibition open at MAGNT Darwin

“​When I walk around in town, I know they're looking at me. I just walk with my head up. I feel really proud for myself and I feel happy and I can feel it today."
Marlene Rubuntja, NT
2019 Telstra NATSIAA Finalist

How to get started

  • Select one work to submit for consideration by the independent NATSIAA Selection Panel.

  • Your work must have been created in the previous 12 months.

  • Your artwork must
    not have previously been exhibited or made available for sale.


    Read through the Entry Guidelines for more information.


“​This is artwork that travels –

not just across state borders, or even internationally, but across mediums, cultures and generations"

Broadsheet Melbourne

Entries open until
14 March 2021

Get started on your entry now and save your progress for later.



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

John Prince Siddon, No respect 2020, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 120 x 240 cm, 2020 Telstra NATSIAA Finalist


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