2021 Telstra NATSIAA winners announced

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Exhibition continues until Sunday 6 February 2022
Admission is free

Judges have announced the seven winners of the of the Telstra NATSIAA awards.

They were chosen from 34 finalists from the Northern Territory, 14 from Western Australia, nine from South Australia, four from Queensland including one Torres Strait Islander artist, three from New South Wales and one Victorian artist.

Barbie spoke with the winner of the Emerging Artist Award, Queensland artist Kyra Mancktelow

This year’s artists present works in a variety of mediums telling stories from urban and remote places in Australia. The exhibition will be presented both in the gallery and as a virtual experience at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Visitors will experience a range of three dimensional, multimedia, paintings, bark paintings and works on paper from Saturday 7 August 2021. Fourteen artworks are by emerging artists.

More information including a list of the winners and finalists, 2021 finalists are at https://www.magnt.net.au/natsiaa

Kyra’s NATSIAA work investigates victims of the Myora mission, located on Minjerribah. Titled ‘Moongalba II’, the work focuses on the uniforms work by the children to assimilate them under a strict missionary regime 1892-1896. At the mission, while under control of the Queensland Aboriginal Protection Act, the children wore a distinct uniform: Long dark coloured dresses for the girls; knee length breeches and long-sleeved shirts for the boys.

Called Tarleton, the fabric used to create these uniforms is traditionally used to also remove coloured ink from the etching plate in the print making world. The artists explains: ‘With the work, I hoped to create a metaphor for scratching away colour. I wanted to bring colour back into these clothes by rubbing inks into the fabric to represent the continuation of strong culture and traditions.’

The artist explains: ‘Dichotomously this acts as a metaphor of scratching away colour and assimilation. Mancktelow then brings colour back into these clothes and prints by softly rubbing coloured inks into the fabric and printing these handmade clothes onto paper to represent the continuation of strong culture, traditions, identity, and independence.’

Image – work by Kyra Mancktelow