Indigenous art is a powerful expression of aboriginal culture and it is exciting to see this expression take new forms and reach new audiences through digital media.

For the first time, a new Multi-Media award has been introduced to Australia’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).

Telstra NATSIAA is committed to ensuring Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists continue to tell the important stories of Australia and to support artists so they can thrive in their chosen profession. Telstra is passionate about the role technology can play in improving people’s lives, finding new ways of doing things and our support for the new multimedia category

The Multi-Media category will provide the opportunity for multi-disciplinary artists to enter innovative and exciting works that recognise methods of art including photography, graphic design, film, audio tape and other digital content. The entries for this category are remarkable and two finalists have been selected:

Mervyn Street (Western Australia) combined decades of perfecting his craft and life experience as a stockman with the addition of an iPad in his creative toolkit, resulting in an impressive animation using his own graphics and audio.

Family members Anwar Young, Unrupa Thonda Dick and Frank Young (South Australia) collaborated to produce a piece that shows the power of young men learning traditional spear making methods as a way to create pride within young individuals and connection to Country.

A second new category has also been added in the Telstra Emerging Artist Award. This award provides an opportunity for new and younger artists to be recognised for their work.

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) recently announced the 66 finalists for the 2017 Award across eight categories. These were selected out of a pool of over 300 entries from established and emerging Indigenous artists right across the country.

I encourage you to find out more about this year’s Telstra NATSIAA.