A percentage of the profits from sales of this book will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Aligned with the Australian Curriculum, this publication encourages educators to prioritise artists and their stories, make connections to the lives of students at all levels and expose them to the diversity of art made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The 316-page second volume builds on the success the 156-page first volume which sold over 5,000 copies nationwide.

The second volume adds new content, features over 50 First Nation artists and writers and provides more examples of classroom projects and case studies nationwide from reception to Year 11. This publication highlights how works of art can be used as a starting point for learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture through a variety of learning areas including English, Design, History and Science.

Read more about the publication in the ArtsHub article 'Aboriginal art in the classroom: state gallery model proving welcome support' by Jo Pickup

The original book, released in 2019, broke new ground by equipping teachers with skills to discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, cultures and histories with students in culturally respectful and meaningful ways. It provided advice on best-practice methods for instruction about First Nations art and culture, tips from First Nations artists and suggestions for themed activities. This has helped to develop cultural understanding and respect among tens of thousands of students in capital cities and regional schools across the country.

Since its release the publication has sold 5000 copies around the country, in all capital cities and in regional centres such as Ballarat, Torquay, Townsville, Warrnambool, Coffs Harbour and Lismore. More than 40 percent of sales have been outside SA, benefiting thousands of students nationwide – demonstrating both the ATSIAC program’s national reach and its impact in satisfying an unmet demand across Australia for authoritative information and practical guidance for educators seeking to meaningfully integrate First Nations art, cultures and histories into classroom learning.

Copies of volume 1 are still available through Zart Art

AGSA’s education programs are supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department for Education.

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