According to The Australian, Australia's national newspaper, the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards are coming up for criticism concerning the transparency of the competition.
Individual artists submit their works through Aboriginal Art Centres. Allegedly due to concerns about who can submit, who will be accepted and how works will be judged, six Aboriginal Art Centres are reported to have withdrawn previously submitted pieces.
Despite the controversy, Telstra's sponsorship manager has stated Telstra's continuing commitment to the event.
As more information becomes available, it will be reported here.
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