The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has announced 67 works selected from 308 entries to be part of the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). This year, Telstra NATSIAA has attracted residential entries from every state and territory in Australia: 2 entries from the Australian Capital Territory; 21 entries from New South Wales; 117 entries from the Northern Territory; 32 entries from Queensland; 70 entries from South Australia; 3 entries from Tasmania; 9 entries from Victoria; and 54 entries from Western Australia.
There are two new categories this year: Telstra Multimedia Award and the Telstra Emerging Artist Award.
Other categories comprise: 18 entries for Telstra Bark Painting with 5 finalists; 192 entries for Telstra General Painting with 31 finalists; 32 entries for Telstra Works on Paper with 8 finalists; and 49 entries for the Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award with 16 finalists.
This year judges are artist Daniel Boyd; Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Kelly Gellatly; and artist Judith Inkamala, senior member of the Hermannsburg Potters.
Collectively the winners this year will receive $80,000 to assist in their career development.
The seven winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and exhibition opening at MAGNT on Friday evening, 10 August 2018.
35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
Saturday 11 August – Sunday 25 November
Curator: Luke Scholes
Judges: Daniel Boyd, Kelly Gellatly, Judith Inkamala
Selected artists; Judges; Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art, MAGNT; and Nick Wilson, Telstra GM
List of finalists by state
Adrian Jangala Robertson
Bernadette Watt and Annabell Amagula
Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula
Elisa Jane Carmichael
Matthew Dhamuliya Gurruwiwi
Patrina Liyadurrkitj Mununggurr
Sally M Mulda
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani
Ken Sisters Collaborative
Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative
Mumu Mike Williams
Nyurpaya Kaika and Mary Pan
Pepai Jangala Carroll
Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin
Bobby West Tjupurrula
Bugai Whyoulter and Cyril Whyoulter
Jan Goongaja Griffiths
John Prince Siddon
Johnson Ooldigi Lane
Ngarralja Tommy May
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists can submit one original work that has not been previously exhibited or made available for sale. All awards are non-acquisitive and entrants are eligible to win one award.