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The aim of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) is to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia, working in both traditional and contemporary media. It's an important showcase for both established and emerging artists and has come to be regarded as one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar.

Telstra Awards 2015 | 7 August – 1 November, 2015

7 August 2015 - 1 November 2015

This years Buku-Larrnggay Mulka artists at NATSIAA include:

  • Nongirrnga Marawili (Winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award, 2015)
  • Napuwarri Marawili
  • Marawili Barayuwa
  • Marrnyula Mununggurr
  • Rerrkirrwanga Mununggurr
  • Mulkun Wirrapanda
  • Guykuda Mununggurr
  • Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
  • Garawan Wanambi

Resident Yirrkala artist Nonggirrnga Marawili was selected as the winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award, 2015.

Marawili's winning painting (pictured above) shows the sanctifying words being spat across the sky in lightning form. The lightning’s sacred power hits the sea spray rising from where it has just smashed into the rock. The energies captured in this painting are almost a match for those in the real life of a Top End wet season.

The Judge's describe the work as having 'a powerful presence with an imposing scale' and 'confidence in the overall simplicity and use of negative space.'