By Steph Harmon
In their 34th year, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art awards have delivered a broad, diverse and often surprising survey of Indigenous art.
This year’s exhibition of 65 finalists is a celebration of innovation, collaboration and the ever-changing relationship between traditional and contemporary Indigenous art, with the main prize, the $50,000 Telstra art award, going to the winner of the inaugural multimedia category: a collaboration between Anangu artists Frank Young, his grandson Anwar Young and his niece Unrupa Rhonda.
‘This award will open [pathways] up to everyone in the APY region,’ Young said in Darwin on Thursday. ‘It’s really important for young people … It’s important for all APY communities to know that this work can be different.’
The NATSIAA 2017 exhibition is being held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin until 26 November. Here is a selection of the finalists