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Image – Naomi Kantjuri from Amata, South Australia and Maringka Burton from Indulkana, South Australia collecting minarri grass, 2017; © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council. Photo – Rhett Hammerton.

Australia’s Largest Celebration Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art

16th October, 2019

The Tarnanthi Festival returns in 2019 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 2019 brings together the work of over 1000 city-based, regional, emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The festival incorporates a long-running exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia (launching October 17th), the epic three-day Tarnanthi Art Fair, as well as additional exhibitions at venues across the state.

The name Tarnanthi is a Kaurna word, coming from the traditional landowners of the Adelaide Plains, meaning to come forth or appear. The launch of this incredible festival shines a light on the acclaimed Yolŋu artist and leader of the Madarrrpa clan Djambawa Marawili AM, and a performance by Yolŋu rapper and Australian of the Year, Baker Boy. The exhibition, taking place at AGSA, features painting, photography, printmaking, carving, sculpture, moving image, works on paper and textiles, and will run from October 18th 2019 to January 27th 2020.

The three-day Tarnanthi Art Fair will take place over October 18-20th, bringing forth the work of artists from close to 50 arts centres across the nation. A member of the Indigenous art code, AGSA supports the ethical production and purchase of art, with all proceeds from the art fair going directly to the artists and art centres.

If you are eager to expand your knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice, introduce new works to your collection, home or workspace, or make a first purchase – Tarnanthi  is the place to be. From paintings, sculptures, weavings, jewellery, wallpaper and canvas works, this festival captures the colours and stories of the nation.

Tarnanthi Launch
October 17th 2019

6pm AGSA Forecourt
North Terrace, Adelaide

Tarnanthi Art Fair
October 18 – 20th 2019

Tandanya 
253 Grenfell Street
Adelaide, SA

Tarnanthi Exhibition
October 18 2019 – January 27th 2020

AGSA

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