Northern Territory artists dazzle at Aussie’s longest running Indigenous art award

Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2015

Northern Territory GovernmentArtists from across the Northern Territory make up about a third of the finalists for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

 
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and Arts and Museums Minister Gary Higgins congratulated the local artists who come from a diverse range of communities from Gunbalanya to Nyirripi and Nauiyu to Alice Springs.

 
“The NATSIA Award is Australia’s most prestigious celebrating Indigenous artists across the nation,” NT Chief Minister Giles said.

 
“And every year Territory artists do us proud by demonstrating the breathtaking talent they have – it’s a wonderful achievement for all who participate and a fantastic testament to the talent of the artists named as finalists.

 
“The Northern Territory Government is proud of its long standing partnership with Telstra in celebrating Indigenous artists.”

 
The Award is now in its 32nd year and is Australia’s longest running Indigenous art award.
“The Award exhibition is a highlight of the FestivalsNT calendar and part of the Darwin Festival,” Arts Minister Higgins said.

 
“Every year the range of artworks and pure talent on display is breathtaking and well worth visiting.

 
“As a local member, I’m also excited this year to see Nauiyu artist Kieren Karritpul again make the finalists list – last year he was the inaugural winner of the Youth Award category.”

 
Art mediums represented by the finalists range from etching print and natural ochres on paper through to woodblock and recycled aluminium casting.

 
Source: Northern Territory Government

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