- National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
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 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
No. Year Artist(s) Name of work Other notable artists exhibited References 28th 2011 Dickie Minyintiri Kanyalakutjina (Euro tracks)  27th 2010 Mr Donegan Papa Tjukurpa and Pukara  26th 2009 Danie Mellor From Rite to Ritual  25th 2008 Makinti Napanangka no title  24th 2007 Dennis Nona Ubirikubiri 23rd 2006 Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard Swamps west of Nyirripi  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,
Angela Lyon, Sarkaway Lyon, Ruby Forbes,
Tjanpi Grass Toyota 21st 2004 Gulumbu Yunupinguu Garak, The Universe 20th 2003 Richard Bell Scientia E Metaphysica (Bell’s Theorem)  19th 2002 Gawirrin Gumana Birrkuda Ringgitji Hollow Log 18th 2001 Dorothy Napangardi Salt on Mina Mina 17th 2000 Barbara Napangarti Reid Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri  16th 1999 Long Tom Tjapanangka Ulampuwarra (Haasts Bluff Mountain) 15th 1998 Jody Broun "White Fellas Come Talk About the Land" Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri  14th 1997 13th 1996 Kathleen Petyarre  12th 1995 Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri  11th 1994 10th 1993 Paddy Fordham Wainburranga Eagle Hawk and Crow Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri  9th 1992 8th 1991 7th 1990 6th 1989 Pansy Napangardi  5th 1988 4th 1987 3rd 1986 2nd 1985 1st 1984
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- ^ "Makinti Napanangka wins top Indigenous art prize". ABC News. 2008-08-16. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/16/2337310.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- ^ "25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/museums/exhibitions/natsiaa/25/index.html. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- ^ "Winner Telstra Award". 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. 2006. http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/museums/exhibitions/natsiaa/23natsiaa.html. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
- ^ "20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)". Northern Territory Government, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/museums/exhibitions/natsiaa/pdf/2003natsiaa.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- ^ Strocchi, Marina (2008). "Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai (art tribute)". Art and Australia 46 (1): 61.
- ^ Birnberg & Kreczmanski, pp. 213–214.
- ^ Birnberg & Kreczmanski.
- ^ Birnberg & Kreczmanski, pp. 213–214.
- ^ Johnson, Vivien (1994). Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: A Biographical Dictionary. Roseville East, NSW: Craftsman House. p. 116.
- ^ Birnberg & Kreczmanski.
- 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.
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