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20 Oct 2023 - 21 Jan 2024

Tarnanthi Festival

Tarnanthi is a celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across Australia. It includes a major exhibition at AGSA, dozens of exhibitions at venues across Adelaide and SA, performances, artist talks and an Art Fair.

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When

20 Oct 2023 - 21 Jan 2024

Event type

Art Fair, Dance, Exhibition, Film, Music, Special Event, Talks, Visual Arts, Workshops

Season

Spring

Contact

AGSA, North Terrace Adelaide
Tarnanthi@artgallery.sa.gov.au
FREE entry

Tarnanthi showcases the artistic excellence and creative genius of First Nations artists. It illuminates cultural diversity and depth while also encouraging new beginnings by providing opportunities for artists to create significant new work and extend their practice.

Tarnanthi (pronounced tar-nan-dee) is a word from the language of the Kaurna people, traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light.

The Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art showcases the artistic excellence and creative genius of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across the country as they share important stories. It encourages new beginnings by providing artists with opportunities to create significant new work and extend their practice.

It illuminates the diversity and depth of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art through a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia and dozens of exhibitions at partner venues across Adelaide and SA. It also includes an art fair, artist talks and forums, performances, film screenings and other events.

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  • Tarnanthi continues to bring people together in a spirit of mutual respect, shared understanding and most of all, the pleasure of seeing such skilfully and thoughtfully made art.

    Katherine Arguile

    The Advertiser, 2019

  • Tarnanthi, launched in 2015, has become Australia’s most important biennial survey of Indigenous art. Along with the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, held each year in Darwin, Tarnanthi is essential viewing.

    John McDonald

    Sydney Morning Herald, 2021

  • This is Australian art at its best. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art has morphed from a revolutionary art movement, to the realm of the unexpected. Experimentation rules in the innovation, energy and depth of the work shown. Tarnanthi, true to its philosophy, enables artists to challenge perceptions.

    Catherine Speck

    The Conversation, 2021

  • For six years Tarnanthi has given our First Nations artists opportunities to speak truths such as this but also to entertain and to educate audiences.

    Lady Shania Richards

  • As its profile grows, Tarnanthi is attracting international as well as local and interstate visitors.

    Rosemary Neil

    The Australian, 2019

  • A festival more than an exhibition, Tarnanthi maps diverse Indigenous art practice across the continent and blurs the lines between urban and remote, traditional and contemporary.

    Daniel Browning

    ABC Radio National, 2019

  • Since it began in 2015, the Art Gallery of South Australia's Tarnanthi has taken a prominent place in a growing calendar of Indigenous art events.

    Amos Aikman

    The Australian, 2019

The local guide

Found some downtime between all the events and excitement? Here are some tips on what to see and do in Adelaide and South Australia.

IN THE MORNING

The APY Gallery in Adelaide is a platform for emerging Indigenous artists from the APY Art Centre Collective to connect with a wide audience outside of their remote communities, gain professional development opportunities and build a network within the art industry supporting them to pursue successful careers in the arts.

IN THE AFTERNOON

With over 700 trails around the South Australia, whether you are looking for a short walk around one of the many green and cosy neighbourhoods or a longer bushwalk adventure through a national park, some of the best nature trails in Australia are at your fingertips.

IN THE EVENING

Experience the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through Tandanya’s exciting program of visual and performing arts, workshops, artist/curator talks, forums, cultural presentations and film screenings.