Funky goings on at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has announced of the 300 entries, 66 artists have been selected to be part of the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

You can view the catalogue here.

This year the Awards include two new categories – the Telstra Multimedia Award and the Telstra Emerging Artist Award.

“The Telstra Multimedia Award allows multi-disciplinary artists the opportunity to enter innovative and exciting works that recognise methods of art including photography, graphic design, film, audio tape and other digital content. The Telstra Emerging Artist Award (evolved from the Telstra Youth Award) provides a tangible avenue for artists of all ages who are in the first few years of their practice to gain exposure on a national stage and launch their career.”

Luke Scholes, MAGNT Curator of Aboriginal Art, said this year’s Awards celebrate the poignant narratives that represent Australia’s unique Indigenous voices.

“Presiding over this year’s Awards, the Telstra NATSIAA judging panel welcomes curator, Emily McDaniel; Director, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines; and artist, Regina Wilson. Emily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer, and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales; Chris Saines has over 30 years’ experience working in leading public art institutions across Australia and New Zealand; and Regina Wilson, winner of the Telstra NATSIAA General Painting Award in 2003, whose creative practice spans more than 50 years.”

Telstra has sponsored NATSIAA for 26 years. Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said: “Telstra’s connection with the NATSIAAs has broadened and deepened over the years, to the point where they have become part of our identity and a source of great organisational pride. At the heart of our support is the idea of connection – to country, to community and to culture – that runs through so much Indigenous art and, more broadly, so much of the work Telstra does.

Collectively the winners this year will receive $80,000 to assist in their career development.

The seven winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony and exhibition opening at MAGNT on Friday evening, 11 August 2017

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