The ANU School of Art & Design alumni, Dean Cross and Danie Mellor are both finalists in the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
Showcasing the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) exhibition captures the attention of the nation, with an inspiring breadth of work from emerging and established artists.
The exhibition of the finalists' works opened last week at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory in Darwin and continues until the 3 November 2019.
Each year NATSIAA sees an increasing variety of art forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts. The 36th Telstra NATSIAA showcases the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
Dean Cross graduated from the ANU School of Art & Design with First Class Honours in 2017. Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent. He is a trans-disciplinary artist primarily working across installation, sculpture and photography. His career began in contemporary dance, performing and choreographing nationally and internationally for over a decade with Australia’s leading dance companies. Following that Dean re-trained as a visual artist, completing studies at Sydney College of the Arts, and the ANU School of Art and Design.
Danie Mellor completed both a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 1994 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the ANU School of Art & Design. Mellor is a contemporary artist whose work explores themes that are critically linked to cultural histories and concepts of the landscape. His multi-award winning work is shown internationally and within Australia, and is held in the permanent collections of major institutions and private collectors.
For more information about the Awards and a full list of finalists, please see the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory's website.