24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Winner Telstra Award
View virtual exhibition of the 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Winner Telstra Award
|Winner Telstra General Painting
Angelina George, Near Ruined City, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
|Winner Telstra Bark Painting
Margaret Rarru Garrawurra, Ngarra Body Paint Design, Natural pigments on wood
|Winner Telstra Work on Paper
Alick Tipoti, Gubau Aimai Mabaigal, Linocut on paper
|Winner Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (sponsored by Telstra)
Laurie Nilsen, Goolburris on the Bungil Creek, Barbed wire, steel, cast aluminium, sand, natural pigments
Exhibition Dates: Friday 10 August - Sunday 18 November 2007
Opening: 6pm Friday 10 August 2007
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin
The 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, open to all adult Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists, aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
The non-acquisitive 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 four categories in which prizes are awarded are:
• 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)
The Telstra Award of $40,000 and the four media category prizes of $4,000 each are non-acquisitive.
The opening night of the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award is a major dry season event in Darwin and attracts visitors and artists from all over the country. The evening provides free entertainment from Indigenous traditional and contemporary performers in a classic tropical sunset beachside setting on the lawns in the MAGNT grounds. The event, at which winners are announced and prizes presented, is free and includes entrance to the exhibition. All are invited to BYO food, drink and picnic blankets.
Download for 2007
- Download a sales information brochure (pdf 820Kb)
- Download a brochure of the Telstra Award and Media Category Winners (pdf 2Mb)
Entries for preselection closed on Friday 30 March.
The 2007 exhibition will feature 104 artworks in a wide range of themes, styles and media including painting on bark, canvas and paper, prints, sculpture, fibre art, ceramics, glass, photography, digital media and video.
The Award Coordinator
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern (MAGNT)
GPO Box 4646
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: +61 8 8999 8203 or +61 8 8999 8264
Facsimile: +61 8 8999 8148
The Award was established 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 regional 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 500 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 has continued to further enhance its profile and prestige. 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. In 2005 Telstra announced its ongoing support for the Award amounting to a total of over $1 million in sponsorship over the next five years.
In 2006, the Telstra First Prize was re-named the Telstra Award and all prizes, the Telstra Award of $40,000 and the four media category prizes of $4,000 each, are non-acquisitive. Previously the $40,000 prize money included the automatic acquisition of the winning work by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The value of the Telstra Award has therefore 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.
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 and Torres Strait Islander art to a wide audience across the country.
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