Thursday, 5 August 2010

Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards Time

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Well the 27th National Telstra Art awards are just around the corner again.

It will be very interesting to see if the award will continue to push controversial boundaries as it has in recent years or if a return to judging the Art on quality only will return, regardless of if it is traditional or something a bit more out there that can stir up some media interest and debate!

Details of the event can be found below.

27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

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Image: 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Richard Bell, 2003 winner of the Telstra NATSIAA

One of the nation's premier prizes for art unfolds in the Top End.

Editorial Review

When: 14 August - November 7 2010; Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun & Public holidays 10am- 5pm
Where: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Tickets: Entry to the museum by donation

While Papunya Tula, or "dot painting", is the best known genre of Australian indigenous art, there is a good deal more to savour than these popular ancestral narratives. The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award showcases work that can be arresting, surprising or just plain beautiful.

Now in its twenty-seventh year, this annual event scours the country to select 100 works for review. New Media, bark painting, general painting, 3D objects and works on paper are displayed with a prize in each category. Our awe is reserved, however, for the $40,000 Telstra Award which is granted to the artist of the year's most remarkable work.

Winners of the grand prize frequently go on to enjoy broad acclaim. In 2003, the extraordinary Richard Bell (pictured) took out the top gong for his Bell's Theorem. The notoriously defiant painter wore a lewd t-shirt to receive his prize. No one was particularly surprised. His work, after all, was an explicit critique of the competition. "Aboriginal Art", said the text on his work, "It's a white thing."

Artists do not hold back here to serve up a museum-friendly version of "Aboriginal Art". Likewise, judges for this prize do not withdraw when confronted with difficult work. The upshot for us gallery goers is one delightful shock.

Helen Razer, Citysearch

Event Schedule

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

19 Conacher Street, Fannie Bay

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When:

Start: 14-Aug-2010

End: 07-Nov-2010


Thanks to City Search

 

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