The 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, open to all adult Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists, aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.

The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $40,000 is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition. Additional prizes of $4,000 each are awarded in four media categories.

The four categories in which prizes are awarded are:

¢ the Telstra General Painting Award
¢ the Telstra Bark Painting Award
¢ the Telstra Work on Paper Award
¢ the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (sponsored by Telstra)

The Telstra Award of $40,000 and the four media category prizes of $4,000 each are non-acquisitive.

The opening night of the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award is a major dry season event in Darwin and attracts visitors and artists from all over the country. The evening provides free entertainment from Indigenous traditional and contemporary performers in a classic tropical sunset beachside setting on the lawns in the MAGNT grounds. The event, at which winners are announced and prizes presented, is free and includes entrance to the exhibition. All are invited to BYO food, drink and picnic blankets.