Indigenous artists from the New South Wales North Coast region are encouraged to enter their work in the 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award which is now open for entries.

In 2010 the Telstra Art Award will celebrate its 27th year and is the longest-running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 

It is considered the premier national event in the Australian Indigenous arts calendar. Telstra has been sponsoring this Award for 19 years.

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and Telstra are proud to announce the inaugural Telstra New Media Award with the theme of ‘connections’ as a new category this year.

Telstra Local Area General Manager, North Coast, Michael Sharpe, said new media is an emerging category with more and more artists incorporating technology into their works, and is an exciting evolution of the Telstra Art Award.

“The award presents a fantastic opportunity for local artists to gain national exposure for their artworks, as well as take advantage of the financial benefits that can flow-on to their local communities from a win in these prestigious awards,” he said.

“Telstra is committed to supporting the growth of the Australian Indigenous arts community, by continuing to increase the opportunities for established and emerging artists across the country.”

Telstra will provide an additional $3000 prizemoney for this New Media category.

Telstra will continue to award the $40,000 Telstra Award and $4000 to other categories including the Telstra General Painting Award, the Telstra Bark Painting Award, the Telstra Work on Paper Award and the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award in addition to the New Media Award ($3,000). 

Last year’s $40,000 Telstra Award winner Danie Mellor (pictured) has had his winning entry, From Rite to Ritual, acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. 

In 2010 the Telstra Art Award will celebrate its 27th year and is the longest-running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. It is considered the premier national event in the Australian Indigenous arts calendar.

The 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award exhibition opens, and award presentations will be made, on Friday, 13 August 2010.

Entries for the 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award close on Friday, 2 April 2010.

Entries for the inaugural Telstra New Media Award will close on Friday, 30 April.

For an entry form, contact the Award Co-ordinator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, GPO Box 4646, DARWIN NT 0801, phone 08 8999 8203 or email natsiaa@nt.gov.au or go to www.magnt.nt.gov.au/natsiaa