Entries are now open for the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, which aim to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
Telstra's NATSIAA awards are the longest-running art awards dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and have come to be regarded as one of the premier national events on the Australian Indigenous art calendar. Each year has seen an increasing variety of art forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts. The exhibition attracts an audience of more than 65,000 visitors.
Now providing approximately $80 000 in prizes to artists each year, 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 made to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding 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
Entries close 16 March, 5pm.