[by Rebecca Campart]
MAGNT and Telstra partnership agreement
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and Telstra reach a significant partnership milestone for the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), extending their agreement to a 30-year long collaboration.
MAGNT and Telstra’s milestone agreement is notably one of the longest running arts sponsorships in Australia.
The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious Indigenous art awards, annually capturing the attention of the nation.
The exhibition showcases the breadth of traditional and contemporary art practices since the awards began in 1984. Together, MAGNT and Telstra celebrate the significance, uniqueness and excellence of Indigenous art in Australia and internationally.
Since Telstra first partnered with MAGNT in 1992 for Telstra NATSIAA, we have built a remarkable twenty-seven year commitment and relationship that develops and nurtures Indigenous artists.
“MAGNT is thrilled to be signing another agreement with Telstra that continues celebrating Indigenous art and culture through Telstra NATSIAA’s long-standing legacy. Through MAGNT and Telstra’s shared vision, the Awards continue to profile emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia, on a stage commanding a national audience and presence,” says MAGNT Director Marcus Schutenko.
Telstra’s sponsorship generously awards $80,000 in prizes across seven different categories, and supports MAGNT’s acquisition of selected artworks from Telstra NATSIAA each year.
“Each year, the Awards attract artworks of exceptional quality that are produced specifically for Telstra NATSIAA during the twelve months prior; these artists are at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art practice,” continued MAGNT’s Director Marcus Schutenko.
Telstra Chief Executive Officer Andrew Penn said “As a long term partner of NATSIAA, Telstra is incredibly proud to support the Awards, celebrating and showcasing the richness and diversity of Indigenous art and the talent of the artists themselves. This new agreement will see our partnership continue to 30 years, making it one of the longest standing arts partnerships in Australia.”
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss welcomed the continuation of Telstra’s sponsorship of Australia’s premier and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
“The Northern Territory Government is a proud supporter of the NATSIAAs and it is incredibly exciting that Telstra will be extending their agreement to be a 30-year long partnership.
“The Awards continue to be at the forefront in recognising our incredible Aboriginal art and culture.
“Every year we are privileged to experience some of the best art from across the nation. And every year, we are challenged and invited to learn more about the artists’ stories, songs, dance, language and ceremony.
“As well as giving expression to our unique way of life, and contributing to the economic development of the Territory, our rich history of art and culture is a major drawcard for national and international tourists every year.”
MAGNT’s Telstra NAATSIA attracts around 60,000 visitors to Darwin each year and is the most prominent cultural event in the Northern Territory.
Awards Ceremony and Opening Night
Friday 9 August 2019, MAGNT Bullocky Point Darwin
10 August – 3 November 2019
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