11 August - 25 November 2018


Judges are selected annually by MAGNT and have included artists, curators, directors, art critics, journalists and arts advocates. Judges for 2018 will be announced at the end of April, 2018. 


CLICK HERE to see past NATSIAA judges.








Friday 10 August


10:00am - 5:00pm



Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday


19 Conacher Street, The Gardens, Darwin NT 0820

GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801


Email: info@magnt.net.au

Tel: +61 8 8999 8264

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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art award. The aim is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia, working in both traditional and contemporary media. In partnership with Telstra, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory delivers this unique event that showcases the best in Indigenous art from across Australia.


Since its genesis in 1984, NATSIAA has provided a platform for the diverse practices of Indigenous artists and is now firmly established as a critical event on Australia’s cultural calendar. Such is the success and longevity of this award, it can now lay claim to having schooled a generation of observers who annually flock to MAGNT to immerse themselves in the best contemporary Indigenous art of the previous twelve months.


The 2018 Awards ceremony will be held on Friday 10 August.





Now awarding $80 000 in prizes


The 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country. The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.


The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.


Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:


  • Telstra Bark Painting Award - $5000

  • Telstra General Painting Award - $5000

  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) - $5000

  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) - $5000

  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) - $5000

  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) - $5000

  • Telstra People’s Choice Award


Winners will be notified by Friday 2 August 2018 and announcements made at the opening ceremony for the exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin on 10 August 2018.


A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.


Please note: Prize money for any award does not include GST and GST does not apply.

All awards are non acquisitive.



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.