Showcase your work to a national and international audience.
Enter the 2023 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Be part of Australia's longest-running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards.
“Being a finalist has introduced me to collectors, curators and institutions opening up great opportunities for me and my practice. With these extra funds donated to the prize money, artists from all age groups and stages of their careers, working across a broad range of mediums will be able to further explore ways of making and support their practice. I would highly encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to apply - there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!"
Elisa Jane Carmichael, QLD 2021 Telstra NATSIAA Finalist
Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards now the richest art awards in the country
Awarding $190,000 (previously $80,000)
across 7 categories
$100,000 (was $50,000)
Telstra Art Award (The Big One)
$15,000 (was $5,000)
Telstra General Painting Award
Telstra Work on Paper Award
Telstra Bark Painting Award
Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award
Telstra Emerging Artist Award
Telstra Multimedia Award
Funds for acquisitions by MAGNT into the Telstra Collection have also increased by $10,000 to a total of $50,000.
Read the Prize Pool media release announcement
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.
“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
“This is artwork that travels –
not just across state borders, or even internationally, but across mediums, cultures and generations"
John Prince Siddon, No respect 2020, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 120 x 240 cm, 2020 Telstra NATSIAA Finalist
Supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.