The largest festival of its kind, Tarnanthi 2019, will feature over 1000 artists from the length and breadth of the continent, with exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia and close to 30 partner venues, as well as an art fair showcasing hundreds of artists from around the country.

The word ‘Tarnanthi’ (pronounced TAR-nan-dee) comes from the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light. Tarnanthi presents the forefront of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the country and provides an energised platform for artists to share important stories as new light is shed on their practice.

Tarnanthi Opening Weekend Program

What's On - Tarnanthi 2019

Media Preview, Thursday 17 October, 10:45am for 11am, AGSA, Gallery 25
Welcome to Country by Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya, 2019 program overview from Nici Cumpston, Tarnanthi Festival Director, Opening Address - Yolŋu artist and ceremonial leader Djambawa Marawili AM, Performances by Yolŋu artists from Buku-Larrŋggay Mulka Centre, Tiwi Island performance near Tutini ceremonial poles in AGSA Gallery 9, Ryan Presley’s Blood Money Currency Exchange Terminal will be trading during the media preview.

Tarnanthi Art Fair Media Preview Friday 18 October, 11am Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 253, Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Visitors can meet and acquire works of art direct from artists from 50 art centres from across Australia with all proceeds from sales going directly to the artists and art centres

RSVP to Bret Woods media@artgallery.sa.gov.au

Key Dates
Tarnanthi Launch | 6pm Thursday 17 October 2-10, AGSA Forecourt, North Tce | FREE
Tarnanthi Art Fair | 18-20 October 2019 | FREE ENTRY
Tarnanthi | 18 October 2019 – 27 January 2020 | FREE ENTRY

Tarnanthi at a glance | 2015 - 2018

  • 2,627 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have exhibited their work at AGSA and partner venues
  • 744,858 people have attended Tarnanthi exhibitions and events
  • $62.97 million of economic expenditure has been generated
  • 14,000+ people visited the three Tarnanthi Art Fairs across a total of nine days
  • 1,500+ artists from across Australia have been represented at the Tarnanthi Art Fair

Tarnanthi is presented in partnership with BHP and with the support of the Government of South Australia.

Media contacts:

Lindsay Ferris Communications Manager, Art Gallery of South Australia
Ferris.Lindsay@artgallery.sa.gov.au | +61 8 8207 7156 | +61 405 046 116

Kym Elphinstone Articulate PR | kym@articulatepr.com.au | +61 421 106 139