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40th Telstra NATSIAA Celebrates Diverse Indigenous Artistry

Aug 11, 2023

This year’s 2023 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Telstra NATSIAA), Australia’s richest art awards, presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and Principal Partner Telstra on Larrakia Country (Darwin).

With each state and territory represented, the finalists presented an array of outstanding artworks that spoke of heritage, culture, and modern-day experiences.

Hayley Cotton, Cooee Art Leven's Gallery Manager, were among the esteemed attendees, keenly surveying the vibrant showcase at the awards held on Larrakia Country. 

"It's an incredible privilege to witness the evolution and growth of Indigenous artistry through this prestigious event," remarked Cotton, visibly moved by some of the pieces. "The convergence of traditional narratives with contemporary techniques makes the Telstra NATSIAA a unique and important event in the art calendar."

As one of the best known art awards in Australia, the 2023 Telstra NATSIAA not only stands as a testament to the depth and breadth of Indigenous artistry but also as a beacon that draws international attention to the stories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

This year, both emerging and established artists were honored, showcasing the vast gamut of talent that exists across the spectrum.

Cooee Art Leven's representative echoed similar sentiments, noting the significance of having both new and familiar faces on the list of finalists. "It's heartening to see young artists getting the platform they deserve while also celebrating those who have shaped the Indigenous art scene for years."

The winners of the awards, announced amidst much anticipation, included a mix of innovative contemporary pieces and deeply traditional artworks. With representatives from every state and territory, the awards were a true reflection of the diverse and dynamic nature of Indigenous art in Australia.

While the event came to a close, the reverberations of the art and stories showcased will undoubtedly continue to inspire and educate many about the rich and intricate tapestry that is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

For those who missed the awards ceromony, the physical exhibition and the online showcase remains available, ensuring that this magnificent display of artistry can be accessed by anyone, anywhere.

Visit for the official website. © Images and copyright belongs to MAGNT.

The winners are:

Telstra Art Award (The Big One)

Keith Wikmunea

Wik-Alkan Wik-Mungkan

Ku’, Theewith & Kalampang: The White Cockatoo, Galah and the wandering Dog 2023
Ku’, Theewith & Kalampang: The White Cockatoo, Galah and the wandering Dog 2023 © MAGNT


Photos below by: Charlie Bliss

Telstra General Painting Award Winner

Julie Nangala Robertson

Mina Mina 2022

Julie Nangala Robertson
Julie Nangala Robertson © MAGNT


Telstra Work on Paper Award Winner

Brenda L Croft

blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher II

Brenda L Croft
Brenda L Croft © MAGNT


Telstra Bark Painting Award Winner

Owen Yalandja

Ngalkodjek Yawkyawk 2023


Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award Winner

Anne Nginyangka Thompson

Anangu History 2023


Telstra Emerging Artist Award Winner

Dhalmula Burarrwanja

wanha, dhika, nhawi? 2022


Telstra Multimedia Award Winner

Jimmy John Thaiday

Beyond the lines 2022


2023 Telstra NATSIAA Finalists​

Congratulations to all the finalist!

Anindilyakwa Artist Collective

Anne Nginyangka Thompson

Arnold Joseph Tipiloura

Balwaldja Wanapa Munuŋgurr

Barbara Mbitjana Moore

Betty Bundamurra

Betty Campbell

Billy Tjampitjinpa Kenda

Brenda L Croft

Carbiene McDonald Tjangala

Corban Clause Williams

Dhalmula Burarrwaŋa

Dhamuw Koedal

Dhopiya Yunupiŋu

Doris Arlyetilhe Thomas

Dulcie Sharpe

Eileen Bray Joomena

Elisa Jane Carmichael

Emma Singer

Frank Young

Gaypalani Waṉambi

George Cooley

Glen Namundja

Graham Badari

Gunybi Ganambarr

Harry Guyumbirrirr Malibirr

Iluwanti Ken

Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis

Janet Koongotema

Janice Murray Pungautiji

Jeanette James

Jimmy John Thaiday


Joanne Napangardi Wheeler

Julie Nangala Robertson

Kaye Brown

Keith Wikmunea

Mandy Quadrio

Mary Dhapalany

Matthew Djipurrtjun Teapot

Michael Jalaru Torres

Motorbike Paddy Ngale

Mrs Heffernan

Muluymuluy Wirrpanda

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Naomi Kantjuriny

Napuwarri Marawili

Nyinta Donald

Owen Yalandja

Patrick Mung Mung

Rachael Lionel

Raelene Kerinauia Lampuwatu

Samson Bonson

Shaun Angeles Penangke

Shirley Macnamara

Stanley Ebatarinja

Tanya Van Horen

Umatji Tanya Tjapalyi

Warraba Weatherall

Wendy Hubert

Wurrandan Marawili

Yalmakany Marawili

Yaritji Tingila Young

Featured artworks

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