The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has hosted the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) since 1984.
The aim of the award is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia, working in both traditional and contemporary media. It's an important showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.
There are six prizes:
Telstra Art Award - $50,000
Telstra General Painting Award - $5000
Telstra Work on Paper Award - $5000
Telstra Bark Painting Award - $5000
Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award (sponsored by Telstra) - $5000
Telstra Youth Award - $5000
The Telstra Youth Award was introduced for the first time in 2014. Its inclusion embraces innovation and changing trends in the contemporary Indigenous art market. It’s an investment that will keep the NATSIAA relevant for decades to come.
The panel of judges of the Telstra NATSIAA change each year. The 2016 judges were Kimberley Moulton, Don Whyte and Vernon Ah Kee.
Telstra have sponsored the awards 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.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory would like to thank all those artists that applied for this year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. We received an amazing array of spectacular applications from Indigenous artists across the nation and our judges worked hard to select the finalists. Congraulations to all our finalists! All works have now been hung and the 3D works have been installed in the Telstra NATSIAA gallery and it's astonishing to see the range and scope of works from across Australia.
List of finalists
Alec Baker (Indulkana SA), Andrew Snelgar (Cundletown NSW), Anwar Young (Amata SA), Baluka Maymuru (Yirrkala NT), Barayuwa Munungurr (Yirrkala NT), Barbara Mbitjana Moore (Amata SA), Beryl Jimmy (Nyapari SA), Betty Kuntiwa Pumani (Mimili SA), Beyula Putungka Napanangka (Papunya NT), Brendan Kennedy (Robinvale VIC), David Frank (Indulkana SA), Eunice Napanangka Jack (Haasts Bluff NT), Eunice Porter (Warakurna WA), Georgia MacGuire (Maryborough VIC), Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie (Cairns QLD), Graham Badari (Gunbalanya NT), Gunybi Ganambarr (Yangubi NT), Guykuda Mununggurr (Wandawuy, Garrathalala NT), Harold Joseph Thomas (Bundoo) (Humpty Doo NT), Isaac Cherel (Muludja WA), Ishmael Marika (Yirrkala NT), Jack Green (Borroloola NT), James Tylor (Adelaide SA), Janine McAullay Bott (Perth WA), Jennifer Herd (Eumundi QLD), John Mawurndjul (Milmilngkan NT), Kathleen Injiki Tjapalyi (Mimili SA), Kaylene Whiskey (Indulkana SA), Kent Morris (St Kilda VIC), Kieren Karritpul (Nauiyu NT), Lena Yarinkura (Bolkjam NT), Lenie Namatjira (Alice Springs NT), Lisa Waup (Wheelers Hill VIC), Louise Daniels (Ulverstone TAS), Maath Maralngurra (Gunbalanya NT), Margaret Poulsen (Areyonga NT), Matjangka Nyukana Norris (Fregon SA), Melanie Evans (Darwin NT), Mumu Mike Williams (Mimili SA), Muntaji Brumby (Areyonga NT), Naomi Hobson (Coen QLD), Natalie Puantulura (Pirlangimpi NT), Ngarralja Tommy May (Mindi Rari WA), Nici Cumpston (Adelaide SA), Nicole Monks (Alexandria NSW), Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (Biranybirany NT), Penny Evans (Lismore NSW), Pepai Jangala Carroll (Pukatja, Ernabella SA), Peter Waples-Crowe (Melbourne VIC), Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel (Pukatja, Ernabella SA), Ray James Tjangala (Kiwirrkura WA), Regina Pilawuk Wilson (Peppimenarti NT), Robert Pau (Cairns QLD), Ryan Presley (Brisbane QLD), Seymour Wulida (Maningrida NT), Shirley Macnamara (Mt Guide Station QLD), Shirley Purdie (Warmun WA), Simon Hogan (Tjuntjuntjara WA), Spinifex Men's Collaborative (Tjuntjuntjara WA), Steaphan Paton (Melbourne VIC), Stewart Hoosan (Borroloola NT), Ted Laxton [Pitcha Makin Fellas] (Ballarat VIC), Teresa Baker and Clarise Tunkin (Kanpi SA), Tiger Yaltangki (Indulkana SA), Tjanpi Desert Weavers (Pukatja, Ernabella SA), Tony Albert (Brisbane QLD), Vincent Namatjira (Indulkana SA), Watarru Collaborative (Kanpi SA), Wawiriya Burton (Amata SA), William Nyaparu Gardiner (Port Hedland WA), Winnie Sampi (Port Hedland WA), Witjiti George (Fregon SA), Wukun Wanambi (Yirrkala NT), Yaritji Young (Amata SA) & Yinarupa Nangala (Kiwirrkura WA).