Four First Nations artists you need to know

These First Nations artists are leading new conversations for the next generation of storytelling.

For 38 years, the Telstra NATSIAA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Awards) have been taking the pulse on the state of making for contemporary First Nations artists.

All eyes – be they peers and colleagues, curators from our state institutions, private collectors, or even international museums – will be focused on this year’s finalists, this Friday 5 August, when the winners across six $15,000 categories will be announced, alongside the main prize winner of $100,000.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina