Who won this year’s iconic Telstra NATSIAA?

Yolŋu artists continue to dominate NATSIAA, but weaver Margaret Rarru Garrawurra surprises with a powerful work for the top win

Returning to an in-person event this year, the announcement of this year’s Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Telstra NATSIAA) winners on Friday night was an especially heartening moment for community and sector alike.

The prestigious awards are headlined by the open category prize – a career-shaping opportunity. This year the category’s $100,000 Award has gone to Margaret Rarru Garrawurra, Senior Yolŋu artist from Laŋarra, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

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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