Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

[by Rebecca Campart]



The 2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Ceremony moves to an online only event this year to safeguard artist and visitor safety.


The free exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin is set to open on Saturday 7 August 2021.


Following the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the Northern Territory and across Australia, the physical Awards Ceremony on Friday 6 August is transitioning to an online Awards Ceremony.


MAGNT and Telstra have been closely monitoring the Northern Territory Government and Australian Government COVID-19 announcements.


“The health and safety of the Telstra NATSIAA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and visitors is paramount. We have made the tough decision to make this year’s Telstra NATSIAA Awards Ceremony online only. I can assure you that the decision to cancel the event on the MAGNT lawns has not been taken lightly. We are committed to celebrate the winners online with the fanfare the artists deserve,” said MAGNT Director Marcus Schutenko.


The immersive Telstra NATSIAA Virtual Gallery goes live again this year following the online Awards Ceremony on Friday 6 August 2021 via natsiaa.com.


Visitors can experience the physical exhibition at MAGNT Darwin from Saturday 7 August at 10am.


The Virtual Gallery showcases the 65 artworks from some of Australia’s most talented emerging and distinguished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, making this experience accessible to a national and international audience.


“The high-end online Awards Ceremony continues to celebrate the art of the nation in Australia’s longest running Indigenous art award. Visitors can connect with this year’s powerful new works which interpret history, spark conversations, and celebrate culture and Country wherever they are in the world,” said Mr Schutenko.


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