Darwin came alive for art awards
The 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) were announced at a ceremony on the lawns of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory recently.
Thousands flocked to the free event overlooking the Arafura Sea and under the stars.
Renowned Aboriginal comedian Sean Choolburra was MC and Larrakia Custodian Tony Dhuwan Lee got the night underway with a welcome to country while Larrikia Dancers, Djuki Mala and Torres Strait Islander choreographer Albert David performed.
Between award presentations and acceptance speeches – one delivered in song and another in sign language the audience were entertained with class acts –Djuki Male, Mojo Juju, Albert David and Electric Fields.
Arts leader, Bundjalung women Rhoda Roberts was the creative director of the evening for the fourth year.
Following the ceremony the doors to the exhibition of NATSIAA winners and finalist works were open to the public.
Viewers were awestruck with the stories, talent, complexity, beauty and diversity of the artworks.