MAGNT | CALL FOR ENTRIES | National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards | OPEN now, CLOSES Friday 16 March 2017

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Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA)

Capturing the attention of the nation. Each year sees an increasing variety of art forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice. Showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.

Heading into its 35th year, Telstra NATSIAA is the longest-running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events on the Australian Indigenous art calendar. The exhibition attracts an audience of more than 65,000 visitors.

Prize Pool: Now awarding $80 000 in prizes

Who: 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
When: 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.

Considerations: Prize money for any award does not include GST and GST does not apply.
All awards are non acquisitive.

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Enter: through online application. You can save your application at any time.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
An independent statutory authority comprising six sites across the NT.
Post: GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801
Tel: +61 8 8999 8264

Partnering with Telstra to deliver this unique annual event showcasing the best in Indigenous art from across the country.