Telstra Emerging Artist Award – Cecilia Umbagai
‘I’m a young Worrorra woman and live in Mowanjum community 10km outside of Derby in the West Kimberley of Western Australia’, says Cecilia. ‘The three tribes who live in Mowanjum: Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal share their belief of the Wandjina who are sacred ancestral spiritual beings and created the land and control the elements, the flora and fauna, and the humans. We are custodians of Wandjina Wunggund law. I’ve been painting all my life, learning from the elders, sitting with them while they worked, listening’.
Telstra General Painting Award – Adrian Jangala Robertson
Adrian is a landscape painter based in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) who works with a restricted palette. His work refers to the desert mountains, ridges and trees that are part of his mother’s country, Yalpirakinu.
His winning work, Yalpirakinu, captures the drama, energy and memories of this important place.
Telstra Multimedia Award – Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs
At just 18 years old, Yolŋu girl Sienna Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs was the youngest finalist and now winner in this year’s NATSIAA. Her practice is focused on capturing moments and memories realised through the medium of film. Her winning work, Shinkansen, was captured on the bullet train from Nagoya to Kyoto.
‘This artwork was created when I went overseas to Japan. I actually left home three days after my grandma died – and it was a shock. So I guess this video was a response and how I was feeling in this moment, sitting on that bullet train in Japan’, says Siena.
Take a virtual tour of the amazing 2020 NATSIAA finalists exhibition here!
National Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Awards Exhibition
19 Conacher Street
The Gardens, Darwin NT