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The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) have announced its 2021 finalists.
Sixty-five First Nations artists have been selected out of the 248 registered entries into the 2021 competition.
The Awards, presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in collaboration with Telstra, is the longest running Indigenous art award in the nation beginning in 1984.
2021 NATSIAA finalist Stanley Douglas. Photo supplied by Luke Byrne.
Of the 65 selected finalists, 35 hail from the Northern Territory, 14 from Western Australia, nine from South Australia, four from Queensland and three from New South Wales. There is just one entrant each from the Torres Strait and Victoria.
Fourteen of the selected artworks were created by emerging artists.
The selection panel for the awards consisted of Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar artist and former Telstra NATSIAA judge Glenn Iseger Pilkington, Gulumirrgin (Larrakia)/Wadaman and Karajarri woman and National Gallery of Australia curator Tina Baum, and Trawlwoolway artist and curator Julie Gough.
"2021 saw us reviewing a vast number of exceptionally high-quality works, which was incredibly encouraging given the challenges that artists have faced over the last 12 months â" creating work during a pandemic that limited travel, delaying arrival of supplies and had people in a state of worry," the selection panel said.
"Receiving such a volume of great submissions made our job as a selection panel even more challenging.
"What we were left with after three days of deliberation, is a selection of work from across Australia that is testament to the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, artists, makers and custodians."
"It is always a challenge to select from such a large number of submissions, but also a great honour, and an opportunity to see works by artists we're not familiar with who are doing really interesting things creatively."
2021 NATSIAA finalist Timothy Cook. Photo by Will Heathcote, supplied courtesy of the artist, Jilamara Arts and Crafts.
MAGNT Director Marcus Schutenko congratulated the 2021 finalists and commended the panel for taking on a hard task.
"This year's artists will undoubtedly contribute to a high-impact exhibition with their breadth of artwork mediums and stories from urban and remote places in Australia," said Schutenko.
"We look forward to sharing this artwork with wide audiences via the physical and virtual exhibition experience with sincere thanks to Telstra, our longstanding partner."
This year, Telstra celebrates 30 years working alongside NATSIAA.
"I have seen firsthand these awards grow from strength to strength on a global scale and feel truly proud to be part of such an important event," Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said.
"The quality and scope of the work this year is exceptional. Whatever the style, whatever the medium, there is an extraordinary power and beauty in Indigenous art.
"I look forward to hearing the winners' announcement in August and seeing the exhibition in person this year."
Read the full list of 2021 NATSIAA finalists below:Â
New South Wales
Dennis Golding, Sydney
Thea Anamara Perkins, Sydney
Toby Cedar, Thornton
Adrian Jangala Robertson, Alice Springs
Alycia Marrday, Gunbalanya
Charles Inkamala, Alice Springs
Denise Brady, Kaltukatjara
Dhambit MunuÅgurr, GunyuÅara
Dhambit Waá¹ambi, Yirrkala
Dino Wilson, Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands
Djambawa Marawili, Yilpara
DjerrkÅu YunupiÅu, Yirrkala
Djirrirra WunuÅmurra, Yirrkala
Doris Bush, Papunya
George Tjungurrayi, Kintore
Glen Namundja, Gunbalanya
Hubert Pareroultja, Mpwarntwe
Ishmael Marika, Yirrkala
Karen Rogers, Ngukurr
Kaya Dhurumuá¸» MunuÅgurr Yirrkala
Kaye Brown, Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands
Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Darwin
Mario Walarmerpui, Pirlangimpi, Tiwi Islands
Mary Dhapalany, Ramingining
Ms M Wirrpanda (deceased), Yirrkala
Muluymuluy Wirrpanda, Yirrkala
Napuwarri Marawili, Yilpara
NoÅgirrÅa Marawili, Yirrkala
Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri, Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands
Pedro Wonaeamirri, Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands
Phillip Wilson, Nauiyu, Daly River
Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp, Alice Springs
Rona Rubuntja Panangka, Hermannsburg
Timothy Cook, Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands
Tjukapati James, Kaltukatjara
Wally Wilfred, Ngukurr
Wanapati YunupiÅu, Yirrkala
Dylan Sarra, Brisbane
Elisa Jane Carmichael, Brisbane
Erub Arts Collective, Torres Strait
Kyra Mancktelow, Logan
Angkaliya Curtis, Nyapari, APY Lands
Betty Chimney, Indulkana
Mary Pan, Amata
Peter Mungkuri, Indulkana
Sally Scales, Adelaide
Stanley Douglas, Amata
Tjunkaya Tapaya, Pukatja
Witjiti George, Fregon, APY Lands
Zaachariaha Fielding, Adelaide
Dr Christian Thompson, Melbourne
Ben Ward, Nganalam
Bobby West Tjupurrula, Kiwirrkura
Bugai Whyoulter, Kunawarritji
David Cox, Warmun Fred Grant, Tjuntjuntjara
Jane Cheedy, Roebourne
John Prince Siddon, Fitzroy Crossing
Katjarra Butler, Tjukurla
Ned Grant, Tjuntjuntjara
Nola Campbell, Wanarn
Nyangulya Katie Nalgood, South Hedland
Roma Butler, Irrunytju
Sonia Kurarra, Fitzroy Crossing
Timo Hogan, Tjuntjuntjara
By Rachael Knowles