Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

31st Telstra NATSIAA 

Exhibition dates

NATSIAA is on show at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory from 8 August to 26 October 2014.


Online Gallery is now live!

The 31st NATSIAA Online Gallery is available to view online.

The Online Gallery features all 65 finalist artworks, allows users to zoom to see the artworks in greater detail, access the Winning works and vote for the People's Choice award.


National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)

2014 marked the 31st Anniversary of the NATSIAAs with Telstra remaining the principal sponsor of the Awards again in 2014. 

The Award was established in 1984 as the National Aboriginal Art Award by the Museum and 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 one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.

The Award attracts a range of Indigenous artists from all parts of the country and about 100 works are selected each year from around 300 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. In 2006, the Telstra First Prize was re-named the Telstra Award.

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More information

For further information contact the Exhibition Coordinator:

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
GPO Box 4646
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8999 8287
Facsimile: 08 8999 8148

Online Award collection

View the MAGNT on-line collection of works acquired each year from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. This collection includes over 228 works across a range of media that trace the developments in contemporary Australian Aboriginal art since the inception of the Award in 1984.