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11 August - 11 November 2018

Entries close 15 March 2019


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The National Aboriginal & 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 (MAGNT) 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.






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


Anouncements of winners are 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.


All awards are non acquisitive.







MAGNT welcomes the judges for the 2018 35th Telstra NATSIAA:

Judith Inkamala, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Kelly Gellatly. 35th Telstra NATSIAA Judges.


Kelly Gellatly is the Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up the role in April 2013 she was Curator of Contemporary Art (Australian and International) at the National Gallery of Victoria. Gellatly has held curator positions at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and has curated numerous exhibitions, including Rosalie Gascoigne (2008), Gordon Bennett (2007) and RALLY: Contemporary Indonesian Art and Jompet Kuswidananto and Eko Nugroho (2013) Gellatly brings to the judging panel an extraordinary knowledge of contemporary Australian art and a sharp eye for new and emerging talent.


Judith Inkamala is a senior member of the Hermannsburg Potters and an inspiring and respected cultural leader in her community. Inkamala takes inspiration from her Western Arrernte country to create stunningly detailed underglazes on handcrafted terracotta pots. As a child, Inkamala often spent time in the Namatjira household watching Albert Namatjira paint. Inkamala’s exquisite works are exhibited and collected worldwide. She brings to the judging panel a wealth of knowledge and passion for passing that knowledge on to future generations.


Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is from the Nhanda, Wadjarri and Nyoongar peoples of mid-west and south-west of Western Australia and is also a member of a Dutch and Scottish migrant family. Glenn trained as an artist and currently runs a private arts consultancy where he works closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers of major projects and exhibitions. Prior to this Iseger-Pilkington was the inaugural Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum, where he curated ‘NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands’, a significant exhibition of art and culture from the Western Desert and also held the roles of Curator of Content Development, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum (2014-2016) and Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photographs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2007-2014).

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Congratulations to all the finalists for the 35th Telstra NATSIAA!



Adrian Jangala Robertson

Baluka Maymuru

Barayuwa Mununggurr

Barrmula Yunupingu

Bernadette Watt and Annabell Amagula

Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula

Dhambit Munuŋgurr

Gunybi Ganambarr

Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr 

Helen Ganalmirriwuy

Joe Guymala

Kathy Inkamala

Kaye Brown

Matthew Dhamuliya Gurruwiwi

Mervyn Rubuntja

Napuwarri Marawili

Patrina Liyadurrkitj Mununggurr

Sally M Mulda

Wukun Wanambi

Yalanba Waṉambi


Elisa Jane Carmichael

Janet Fieldhouse

Jenna Lee

Mavis Ngallametta

Tamika Grant-Iramu



Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

Betty Muffler

Carlene Thompson
Charlie Jacob, Clyde Shaw, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki, Steven Mitakiki, and Sydney Waye

David Frank

Elizabeth Dunn
Freda Brady, Maringka Tunkin, Sandra Ken and Tjungkara Ken and Yaritji Young

Kaylene Whiskey

Kunmanara Brumby
Kunmanara Pompey

Mumu Mike Williams

Niningka Lewis

Nyurpaya Kaika and Mary Pan

Pepai Jangala Carroll

Peter Mungkuri

Ray Ken

Robert Fielding

Sylvia Ken

Tiger Yaltangki

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Vincent Namatjira

Wawiriya Burton

Yaritji Young


Nannette Shaw


Kent Morris

Lisa Waup




Bobby West Tjupurrula

Bugai Whyoulter and Cyril Whyoulter

Daisy Japulija

Jan Goongaja Griffiths

John Prince Siddon

Johnson Ooldigi Lane

Lawrence Pennington

Mabel Juli

Mantua Nangala

Mervyn Street

Ngarralja Tommy May

Nyaparu (William) Gardiner

Sebastian Arrow

Sonia Kurarra

Yukultji Napangati





Telstra have been the principal partner for 26 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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