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Who can enter the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) and how old do you have to be to enter?

Telstra NATSIAA is open to any Australian resident who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free.

Do I have to have an agent or be connected to an art centre to enter the awards?

Artists are not required to have an agent, be represented by an art centre or gallery.

Which category should I enter?

Please select a category according to the medium of your artwork.


  • Telstra Bark Painting Award: any artwork created on bark

  • Telstra General Painting Award: any painting

  • Telstra Works on Paper Award: any artwork on paper, including photography, print making, drawing etc.

  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award: any 3 dimensional artwork, including sculptures, installations, weavings etc.

  • Telstra Multimedia Award: any multidisciplinary and or digital work


Please indicate whether or not you are an emerging artist. The Telstra Emerging Artist Award is awarded from any category to an artist working within their first five years of practice who has not exhibited in a major institution.


The Telstra Art Award of $50,000 is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work across all categories.


If you are having trouble deciding which category your work fits into, please contact our Exhibition Officer (details at the bottom of this page) and discuss your entry. They will be able to advise you.

How many artworks can I submit?

Each artist can only submit one work.

Can the work have been shown before?

A work is not able to be submitted into Telstra NATSIAA if it has been shown in an exhibition or made available for sale either in a gallery or online.

How many photographs of the artwork are required?

Only one high resolution digital image of the work is required. You can provide a detail of the work, or an alternate view if the work if a 3 dimensional object.

Please make sure that the image of the work is as clear and high quality as possible. It is the digital image of your work that the judges will be looking at when they select the finalists for exhibition, so a good image is essential.

When do I deliver the artwork to MAGNT?

Only once finalists have been selected and announced. If your entry has been successful, the artwork will need to arrive between 29 April - 24 May 2019.

What if I'm unable to access or use the online form?

Please call MAGNT should you require any assistance at all with the online form.

I entered this year, am I in the exhibition?

Because we have so many entries in the Telstra NATSIAA, only the works chosen as finalists are included in the exhibition. Between 60 and 75 finalists are selected.

MAGNT’s Exhibition Officer will be in contact to let you know if you are a finalist or not.

Who are the judges?

Judges are selected annually by MAGNT and have included artists, curators, directors, art critics, journalists and arts advocates. Judges for 2019 will be announced at the end of April, 2019.

When do I find out who the winners are?

The winners will be announced at the opening awards celebration held at MAGNT in Darwin in August.


If you are a winner of either the Telstra Art Award or one of the category awards, MAGNT will notify you at least one week prior to the opening of the exhibition. You will be invited to travel to Darwin to accept your award and attend the opening events. Your travel costs will be paid for you by MAGNT.


Contact: Exhibitions Officer

08 8999 8287

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Friday 9 August 2019


10 August - 3 November 2019


Contact: Exhibitions Officer

08 8999 8287


19 Conacher Street

The Gardens, Darwin NT 0820

GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801



Tel: +61 8 8999 8264

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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.

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