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23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

 

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Detail: Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard Swamps west of Nyirripi Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen 150 x 210 cm Winner Telstra Award 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2006

Detail: Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard Swamps west of Nyirripi Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen 150 x 210 cm Winner Telstra Award 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2006.

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Exhibition Dates: 11 August - 22 October 2006

Opening: 6pm Friday 11 August 2006

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin

The 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, open to all adult Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists, aims to showcase the very best Indigenous art from around the country.

The Telstra Award of $40,000 is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition. Additional prizes of $4,000 each are awarded in four media categories.

The five categories in which prizes are awarded are:

  • the Telstra Award
  • the Telstra General Painting Award
  • the Telstra Bark Painting Award
  • the Telstra Work on Paper Award
  • the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (sponsored by Telstra)

This year all prizes, the Telstra Award of $40,000 (previously the Telstra First Prize) and the four media category prizes of $4,000 each, are non-acquisitive. Until this year the $40,000 winning work was automatically acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The value of the Telstra Award has significantly increased since the creator of the winning work, in addition to receiving the $40,000 cash prize, will be able to gain further financial benefit from subsequent sale of the work.

The opening night of the Award is a major dry season event in Darwin and attracts visitors and artists from all over the country. The evening includes free entertainment from Indigenous traditional and contemporary performers in a classic tropical sunset setting on the lawns in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory grounds. The event is free and includes entrance to the exhibition. All are invited to BYO food and drink.

The 2006 exhibition features 82 works in a wide range of themes, styles and media including paintings on bark, canvas and paper, prints, sculpture, fibre art, ceramics, glass, photography, digital media and video.

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Contact

The Award Coordinator
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern (MAGNT)
GPO Box 4646
Darwin NT 0801
Australia

Phone: +61 8 8999 8203 or +61 8 8999 8264
Facsimile: +61 8 8999 8148
Email: natsiaa@nt.gov.au

 

Background

The Award was founded in 1984 as the National Aboriginal Art Award by the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The aim of the Award is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists and to promote appreciation and understanding of the quality and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from rural and urban based Indigenous artists throughout Australia, working in traditional and contemporary media. The Award is an important showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as the premier national event in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.

The Award attracts a range of Indigenous artists from all parts of the country and up to 100 works are selected each year from up to 400 entries. The diversity and style of work submitted each year reflects the changing face of contemporary Aboriginal art practice.

Telstra has sponsored the Award since 1992 and its support has continued to further enhance the profile and prestige of the Award. In 2000, Telstra doubled the First Prize money from $20,000 to $40,000 making it the highest amount offered for any Indigenous art award. The First Prize is acquisitive and enables the winning work each year, along with others, to be retained in the collection of the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory courtesy of Telstra sponsorship. Telstra has recently announced its ongoing support for the Award, amounting to a total of over $1 million in sponsorship over the next five years.

As well as providing $56,000 in prize money, Telstra has twice sponsored a travelling exhibition, in 2000 and 2003, enabling around 40 - 50 selected works to be shown in regional galleries around Australia. This tour is particularly important as it presents and promotes the richness of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art to a wide audience across the country.

NATSIAA Archives

2005 - 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2004
- 21st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2003 - 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

 

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