Saying The Winners Of The 2022 Telstra NATSIAA!

On Friday final week, the winners of the 2022 Telstra Nationwide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artwork Awards (NATSIAA) have been introduced in a spectacular awards ceremony on the Darwin Harbour waterfront. This 12 months Telstra NATSIAA grew to become the richest artwork award within the nation with the general prize pool doubling to an unimaginable $190,000!

Margaret Rarru Garrawurra, Senior Yolŋu artist from Laŋarra, Arnhem Land within the Northern Territory took out the coveted Telstra Artwork Award, and a whopping $100,000, together with her unimaginable 2.8metre hand-woven sail, Dhomala (pandanus sail)

“I used to be with my sisters after I came upon about successful. We have been very completely satisfied. It makes us proud to get first prize,” says Margaret. 

Rebekah Raymond, Arabana, Limilngan-Wulna, Wuthathi, and Mualgal lady, and MAGNT’s Curator of Aboriginal Artwork and Materials Tradition says, “It’s a phenomenal work by a grasp weaver. The sail is an epic piece of weaving… the dimensions and hues are superb and it references an necessary a part of historical past.” 

Dhomala (pandanus sail) ties to Margaret’s cultural identification, in addition to the historic relationships that endure between Yolŋu folks, and the folks of modern-day Indonesia. 

“Yolŋu folks have been watching Makassan folks weaving their dhomala over time… then they began to make them. My father picked up the talent as nicely. He used to make them, Makassan dhomala. I used to be watching my father making these dhomala. He was making them, and I used to be watching. I considered how he made them, my father, and I began remembering. And now I’m making these,” Margaret explains. 

Maragaret’s Dhomala (pandanus sail) has been colored utilizing immersion dying, a method that’s been broadly practised because the late 1700’s. She has change into famend for her use of this system, particularly her recipe for creating black dye (mol) from native crops. Whereas different Yolŋu weavers could use small quantities of mol of their work, the usage of mol alone in a piece is reserved for Margaret and people whom she provides permission. 

Margaret’s piece was chosen from a formidable line up of 63 finalists, together with intricate woven items, ceramics, sculptures, images, multimedia and work.

“There are 44 language teams represented within the exhibition,” says Rebekah. “There are such a lot of private tales sitting facet by facet… it displays the superb variety within the follow.” 

Learn on to study extra concerning the six winners, and what the judges needed to say about their highly effective work!