We were privileged to attend this year's presentation of the most prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aka NATSIAA held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
The finalists in all categories were exceptional, I was especially taken by the outstanding standard of work in the 3D Category, Nicole Monk's mesmerising performance We Are All Animals winning overall. So very pleased to see John Mawurndjul painting again and Youth Award laureate Ishmael Marika's video Sunlight Energy II is quite simply sublime.
Here are some images of the awards, finalists and some of the works we particularly love including People's Choice Award winner (our choice too) Penny Evans' "Trophy Wife".
Congratulations to all of 2016's award winners:
WINNER 33rd TELSTRA NATIONAL ABORIGINAL and TORRES STRAIT ART AWARD HAROLD JOSEPH THOMAS (BUNDOO) for Tribal Abuduction
BARK PAINTING AWARD - John Mawurndjul for Dilebang
GENERAL PAINTING AWARD - Betty Kuntiwa Pumani for Antara
WANDJUK MARIKA MEMORIAL 3D AWARD - Nicole Monks for We Are All Animals
WORK ON PAPER - Robert Pau for Battle of Bikar
YOUTH AWARD - Ishmael Marika for Sunlight Energy II