Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards: Results


Lasseter History Story by Warakurna Artists 2009. 1524mm x 2134mm: acrylic on canvas by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Waynatjura Bell, Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Melissa Mitchell-Stevens, Judith Yinyika Chambers and Polly Pyuwawyia Jackson.

Thriving in the Desert brings news of the 26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. This year’s winners are:

* Major Prize Winner – Danie Mellor
* Telstra General Painting Award – Yinarupa Nangala
* Telstra Bark Painting Award – Rerrkirrwanga Munungurr
* Telstra Works on Paper – Glen Namundja
* Wandjuk Marika Three-Dimensional Memorial Award, sponsored by Telstra – Janine McAullay Bott

Congratulations to all the winners.

Click through to Thriving in the Desert for larger pictures of the Warakurna Artists entries, or head over to NATSIAA for the virtual exhibition. There is a huge variety of styles and media, telling stories of pre-invasion and post-invasion history, race relations, politics, journeys, the land, and more.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Darwin, you can check out the exhibition up close:

Exhibition dates: Friday 14 August – Sunday 25 October 2009
Opening: 6pm Friday 14 August 2009
Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory
Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin

Categories: arts & entertainment, history, indigenous

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5 replies

  1. Argh! My net is being throttled, so the virtual exhibition is taking forever to load. May have to head into the office tomorrow to view it. But I did love Walu Tjukurrpa.

  2. There are some beautiful works at NATSIAA. I think my favourite was Dorothy Napangardi’s ‘Salt on Mina Mina’ but there were a couple of others which spoke to me as well. Nici Cumpston Ring boundary tree Lake Bonney is a gorgeous haunting picture. I enjoyed the virtual tour as I got a sense of the way in which the images are being displayed together. From the pics on the net I get the impression that these would be even more beautiful in real life as some of the textual elements are being some what lost when viewed online. However better to see them this way than not at all.

  3. Oooh, lovely. Thanks for sharing, lauredhel!

  4. Wow, these are beautiful! I haven’t looked at all of them yet but so far my favourites are Walu Tjukurrpa and Minniyinya.
    Than you Lauredhel!

  5. Oh wow! To stand in a run off fresh water stream is simply breathtaking! Wow.

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