Australia’s illustrious Indigenous art awards give trailblazing artists platform to share skill, voice and cultures

From across Australia, 68 artists have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).

280 entries were submitted by First Nation artists from regional and urban areas across Australia. 24 finalists are from the Northern Territory, with 20 from Western Australia, 18 from South Australia and the remainder from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

The competition is diverse and accessible, welcoming entries from established and emerging artists who inspire audiences across Australia.

MAGNT Curator of Aboriginal Art, Luke Scholes says that “the Emerging Artist category continues to breathe new life into the Awards and the broader arts sector. It’s rewarding to profile these trailblazing artists and to share their skill, voice and cultures.”

The winners of the 36th Telstra NATSIAA will be announced at an awards ceremony at MAGNT’s Bullocky Point site on Friday 9 August 2019.

02. Kent Morris_ Barkindji (Broken Hill) - Mallee Ringneck_Cultural Reflections - Up Above Series
Kent Morris Barkindji (Broken Hill) – Mallee Ringneck. Cultural Reflections – Up Above Series. Courtesy Vivien Anderson Gallery. Image supplied.

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards exhibition which will open 10 August at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin.

  • Opening Night and Awards Ceremony: Friday 9 August 2019
  • Exhibition dates: Saturday 10 August – Sunday 3 November 2019

About Kent Morris

‘A Barkindji man based in Melbourne, Kent Morris graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program.

Central themes in his work are the connections between contemporary Indigenous experience and contemporary cultural practices, and their continuation and evolution.’ Read more.

Seen at top: Kent Morris, Boon Wurrung (St Killda) – Rainbow Lorikeet, Cultural Reflections – Up Above Series, courtesy Vivien Anderson Gallery. Image supplied.

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