See the 2023 Telstra NATSIAA through a virtual gallery tour
Keith Wikmunea is the winner of the 2023 Telstra Art Award.
Keith Wikmunea, a Thu’ Apalech man and artist from Aurukun in Queensland, is the winner of the prestigious 2023 Telstra Art Award for his sculptural piece titled Ku’, Theewith & Kalampang: The White Cockatoo, Galah and the wandering Dog, 2023.
“Ku’, Theewith & Kalampang: The White Cockatoo, Galah and the wandering Dog is a sculpture that represents who I am as a Thu’ Apalech man from the Cape York Peninsula.
“The colours on this tree are specific to my clan, the Thu’ Apalech people. In Wik-Mungkan, my first spoken language, we call this tree yuk thanchal.
This tree is also known as milkywood [sic] in English and is the same tree that my ancestors have been using since the beginning of time. My Puulwuy [father’s totem] and my Kathwuy [mother’s totem] are represented here too.”
246 entries, 63 finalists, six category winners
Telstra NATSIAA is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art award. As well as the 2023 Telstra Art Award worth $100,000, six winners each won a category worth $15,000.
If you want to look at a specific artwork, we’ve got direct links to the winning pieces down below.
If you’d like to visit MAGNT and the Telstra NATSIAA Exhibition in person, it is open until Sunday 18 February 2024, in Darwin in the Northern Territory on Larrakia Country.
Visit the 2023 NATSIAA virtually
Or, you can click on each link below to jump directly to each artwork in the virtual gallery space.
- View the winner of the Telstra Work on Paper Award - Brenda L Croft, blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher II (Gurindji / Malngin / Mudburra; Mara / Nandi / Njarrindjerri / Ritharrngu; AngloAustralian / Chinese / German / Irish / Scottish) 2021 2022 >