WINNING ARTIST: Last year’s Telstra Art Award winner Mr Donegan with his work Papa Tjukurpa, Pukara.
WINNING ARTIST: Last year’s Telstra Art Award winner Mr Donegan with his work Papa Tjukurpa, Pukara. FIONA MORRISON

Award offers the chance to shine

INDIGENOUS artists from the Gold Coast have the chance to enter Australia’s prestigious 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Telstra and the Northern Territory Government’s Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is urging all Indigenous artists to submit their works for the chance to raise their profile in Australia’s thriving Indigenous art scene.

MAGNT senior curator of Indigenous art and material culture Christiane Keller will oversee the art award and said the introduction of technology was taking the art world to another place.

“We recognised the growing interest from artists using new technology which prompted the introduction of the New Media Award category last year,” Dr Keller said.

“Indigenous artists embraced the new category very positively and we are looking forward to seeing more exciting new entries in 2011.

“The award enables more Australians to experience and celebrate the culture and creative talents of Australia’s Indigenous artists in its many forms.

“We are excited to see it evolving and being refreshed this year.”

Last year’s award attracted more than 320 entries from Indigenous artists throughout the country, with the main prize going to 70-year-old Mr Donegan of Ninuku Arts, from the Kalka Community in South Australia for his painting called, Papa Tjukurpa, Pukara.

Entry forms are available at www.nt.gov.au/natsiaa or by contacting the award coordinator at MAGNT by email natsiaa@nt.gov.au.

Entries close on March 18 and winners will be announced on Thursday, August 11.



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