National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

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The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) is one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia. Established in 1984 by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and awarded annually, it is sponsored by Telstra, so is commonly known as the Telstra Award. Prize-winners include Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard and Dorothy Napangardi.

The competition is open to all adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, with the aim of showcasing the best Indigenous art from around the country.

The first prize of $40,000 is awarded to the work considered the most outstanding 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 (previously called the First Prize)
  • 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 exhibition features artists from all over Australia, focusing on 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.

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.

Telstra has sponsored the Award since 1992. In 2000, they doubled the First Prize money from $20,000 to $40,000 making it the highest amount offered for any Indigenous art award.

There have also been two travelling exhibitions, in 2000 and 2003, enabling around 40 - 50 selected works to be shown in regional galleries around Australia, promoting the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to a wide audience across the country.

List of winners[edit]

No. Year Artist(s) Name of work Medium Other notable artists exhibited that year References
30th 2013 Jenni Kemarre Martiniello Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap Hot blown glass, canes Mavis Ngallametta, Malaluba Gumana, Rhonda Sharpe, Teho Ropeyarn, Raymond Zada
29th 2012 Timothy Cook Kulama Natural ochres on canvas
28th 2011 Dickie Minyintiri Kanyalakutjina (Euro tracks) synthetic polymer paint on canvas [1]
27th 2010 Jimmy Donegan Papa Tjukurpa, Pukara Synthetic polymer paint on canvas [2]
26th 2009 Danie Mellor From Rite to Ritual Mixed media on paper [3]
25th 2008 Makinti Napanangka no title synthetic polymer paint on linen [4][5]
24th 2007 Dennis Nona Ubirikubiri cast bronze
23rd 2006 Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard Swamps west of Nyirripi synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen [6]
22nd 2005 Blackstone Tjanpi Weavers (Kantjupayi Benson,
N. Donegan (dec'd), Angaliya Mitchell,
Margaret Donegan, Melissa Donegan, Mary Smith,
Freda Lane, Diedre Lane, Elaine Lane, Wendy Lane,
Janet Lane, Janet Forbes, Shirley Bennet, Gail Nelson,
Angela Lyon, Sarkaway Lyon, Ruby Forbes,
Jean Lane)
Tjanpi Grass Toyota desert grass, jute string and mixed media
21st 2004 Gulumbu Yunupingu Garak, The Universe natural pigments on wood (three hollow logs)
20th 2003 Richard Bell Scientia E Metaphysica (Bell’s Theorem) synthetic polymer paint on canvas [7]
19th 2002 Gawirrin Gumana Birrkuda ringgitj (Wild honey design) natural pigments on wood
18th 2001 Dorothy Napangardi Salt on Mina Mina synthetic polymer paint on linen John Bulunbulun
17th 2000 Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa Snake Tjukurrpa synthetic polymer paint on linen Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri [8]
16th 1999 Long Tom Tjapanangka Ulampuwarru (Haasts Bluff Mountain) synthetic polymer paint on linen [9]
15th 1998 Jody Broun "White Fellas Come Talk About the Land" synthetic polymer paint on canvas Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri [10]
14th 1997 Yanggarriny Wunungmurra Gangan natural pigments on bark
13th 1996 Kathleen Petyarre Storm in Atnangker country II synthetic polymer paint on linen [11]
12th 1995 Pantjiti Mary McLean Ngura walkumunu (Being in a good camp) synthetic polymer paint on canvas Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri [10]
11th 1994 Daisy Andrews Lumpu lumpu (wet time) landscape synthetic polymer paint on paper
10th 1993 Paddy Fordham Wainburranga Eagle Hawk and Crow natural pigments on paper Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri [12]
9th 1992 Les Midikuria Borlong the rainbow serpent natural pigments on bark
8th 1991 Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri Bandicoot Dreaming synthetic polymer paint on canvas
7th 1990 Mutitjpuy Mununggurr The Djang’kawu at Balana natural pigments on bark
6th 1989 Pansy Napangardi Yipala bush bananas synthetic polymer paint on canvas [11]
5th 1988 Pauleen Woods Nakamarra Yarla, Yam Dreaming synthetic polymer paint on canvas
4th 1987 Djardi Ashley Wodalpa Blue tongue lizard natural pigments on bark
3rd 1986 Frank Jakamarra Nelson Living together, working together synthetic polymer paint on canvas
2nd 1985 Three joint winners Djawida Nadjongorle.


Uta Uta Tjangala.


Kaye Haywood.

Nawurra.



Tjanangkamurramurra.


Untitled.
natural pigments on bark.

synthetic polymer paint on canvas.

batik on silk.
1st 1984 Michael Nelson Tjakamarra Three ceremonies synthetic polymer paint on canvas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  2. ^ "27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ "26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Makinti Napanangka wins top Indigenous art prize". ABC News. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. ^ "25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Winner Telstra Award". 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ "20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  8. ^ Strocchi, Marina (2008). "Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai (art tribute)". Art and Australia 46 (1): 61. 
  9. ^ West, p. 114.
  10. ^ a b Birnberg & Kreczmanski, pp. 213–214.
  11. ^ a b Birnberg & Kreczmanski.
  12. ^ Johnson, Vivien (1994). Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: A Biographical Dictionary. Roseville East, NSW: Craftsman House. p. 116. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Birnberg, Margo; Janusz Kreczmanski (2004). Aboriginal Artist Dictionary of Biographies: Australian Western, Central Desert and Kimberley Region. Marleston, South Australia: J.B. Publishing. ISBN 1-876622-47-4. 
  • West, Margie (2000). Transitions: 17 years of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Darwin: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. ISBN 0724546146. 

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