Tarnanthi at AGSA presents works of artistic excellence, creative daring and groundbreaking innovation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country. This unmissable experience begins from the moment visitors enter the Gallery.
An imposing sculptural linocut by Brian Robinson greets visitors inside the entrance, alongside new work by Damien Shen.
Bunha-bunhanga reveals how Aboriginal agriculture shaped the Australian landscape over millennia. This is the first presentation through visual art of the groundbreaking research into pre-colonial land use by Uncle Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage. It brings together historical landscape paintings and rarely seen Aboriginal agricultural tools amid a soundscape of seed grinding and Wiradjuri spoken word, through the curation of artist-researcher Jonathan Jones.
Darrell Sibosado presents large-scale steel sculptural reimaginings of pearl-shell carving designs from the Kimberley coast. Pauline Sunfly represents her Western Desert homeland in bold graphic patterns and vivid blocks of colour.
In a dialogue across generations, Western Aranda watercolourists respond to historical ‘Hermannsburg School’ works in a tribute to the legacy of Albert Namatjira.
Tiwi artists demonstrate their rich artistic tradition with an installation of carved Pukamani ceremonial tutini (poles) and painted tunga (bark baskets). Nearby are Garry Sibosado’s monumental incised pearlshell works and paintings by Peter Mungkuri and Judy Watson.
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner honours the stockman and the strikers of the Pilbara in his endearing paintings and drawings.
Peggy Griffiths-Madij’s paintings present an immersive vision of her Miriwoong homeland in the East Kimberley, while Ryan Presley’s Blood Money paintings reimagine Australia’s national currency as a celebration of Aboriginal history.
Etchings of intricate pearl shell carvings by Garry Sibosado and Darrell Sibosado.
Downstairs galleries 22–25
The must-see exhibition Gurruṯu reveals cutting-edge Yolŋu contemporary art from north-east Arnhem Land, with works including complex etchings of traditional designs on aluminium panels, interactive moving-image projections, an award-winning video in Yolŋu sign language, and audacious bark paintings in the vivid pink of leftover photocopier toner. Also downstairs are the Dhawuṯ display of Yolŋu bark paintings, a fun short film sharing Iwantja women’s love of pop culture, Ngupulya Pumani’s ambitious triptych, Robert Fielding’s sandblasted car-wreck sculptural work Mutaka, uplifting paintings and semi-animated videos from Alice Springs’ Town Camps and Thea Anamara Perkins’ poignant portraits of Town Camp artists. There is also the moral kapow! of teenager Layne Dhu-Dickie’s Aboriginal comic-book superhero Captain Hedland, wonderful wood carvings by Badger Bates, Miriam Charlie’s confronting images from her community of Borroloola, new works from Tony Wilson and Sandra Saunders, and memories of frontier conflicts given form in wood, paintings and tjanpi (woven grass).
Clem Abbott, Douglas Kwarlple Abbott, Marie Abbott-Ramjohn, Lindy Aitken, Gilbert Alimankinni, Callistus Babui, Angkuna Baker, Leena Baker, Sonia Bannington, Verna Bannington, Badger Bates, Lilla Berry, Pearl Berry, Jacob Boehme, Joseph Brady, Walter Brooks, Shantariah Brumby, Maringka Burton, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Miriam Charlie, Betty Chimney, Benita Clements, Betty Napaljarri Conway, Timothy Cook, Nellie Coulthard, Selma Coulthard Nunay, Edoardo Crismani, Elaine Crombie, Lillian Crombie, Emily Cullinan, Kendra Cullinan, Leonie Cullinan, Vicki Cullinan, Zena Cumpston, Layne Dhu-Dickie, Nyinta Donald Peipei, Arnulf Ebatarinja, Conley Ebatarinja, Cordula Ebatarinja, Cornelius Ebatarinja, Joshua Ebatarinja, Raymond Ebatarinja, Walter Ebatarinja, Robert Fielding, Zaachariaha Fielding, Kathleen France, Bill Gammage, Gunybi Ganambarr, Nyaparu (William) Gardiner, Peggy Griffiths-Madij, Malaluba Gumana, Manini Gumana, Yinimala Gumana, Gurrukmuŋu Gurruwiwi, Noreen Hudson, Adolf Inkamala, Clara Inkamala, Clifford Inkamala, Kathy Inkamala, Reinhold Inkamala, Sheree Inkamala, Trudy Inkamala, Vanessa Inkamala, Nancy Nanana Jackson, Ricky Connick Jakamara, Jonathan Jones, Barry Kantilla, Johannes Katakarinja, Kylie Clarke Kemarre, Georgie Kentiltja, Wilfred Kentiltja, Francis John Kerinaiua, Raelene Kerinauia, Elaine Kngwarria Namatjira, Isaac Lindsay, Laurel Macumba, Djambawa Marawili, Napuwarri Marawili, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Ishmael Marika, Wanyubi Marika, Baluka Maymuru, Galuma #1 Maymuru, Naminapu Maymuru-White, Betty Muffler, Sally M Nangala Mulda, Gerry Mungatopi, Jimmy Mungatopi, Ngila Mungkuri, Peter Mungkuri, Barayuwa Munuŋgurr, Marrnyula Munuŋgurr, Meŋa Munuŋgurr, Mundatjŋu Munuŋgurr, Rerrkirrwaŋa Munuŋgurr, Buwathay Munyarryun, Janice Murray, Albert Namatjira, Chelsea Namatjira, Enos Namatjira, Ewald Namatjira, Gabriel Namatjira, Jillian Namatjira, Keith Namatjira, Kumantjai K Namatjira, Lenie Namatjira, Maurice Namatjira, Oscar Namatjira, Reggie Namatjira, Gwenda Namatjira Nungarayi, Frederick Raymond Narjic, Cain Neale, Patricia Nelson, Roxanne Oliver, James Orsto, Jason Palipuaminni, Osmond Pangiraminni, Claude Pannka, Gloria Pannka, Josette Papajua, Edwin Pareroultja, Helmut Pareroultja, Hubert Pareroultja, Ivy Pareroultja, Otto Pareroultja, Uncle Bruce Pascoe, Thea Anamara Perkins, Maurice Petrick, Sonya Petrick, Geraldine Pilakui, Tony Pilakui, Natasha Pompey, Ryan Presley, Ngupulya Pumani, Alison Puruntatameri, Colin Puruntatameri, Marius Puruntatameri, Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri, Tracy Puruntatameri, Kwementyay (Wally) Clarke Pwerle, Gina Rings, Brian Robinson, Grace Kemarre Robinya, Marlene Rubuntja, Mervyn Rubuntja, Wenten Rubuntja Pengarte, Rosabella Ryder, Caleena Sansbury, Taree Sansbury, Sandra Saunders, Sierra Schrader, Dulcie Sharpe, Nanette Sharpe, Damien Shen, Darrell Sibosado, Garry Sibosado, Priscilla Singer, Chantelle Stewart, Pamela Stewart, Pauline Sunfly Nangala, Doris Thomas, Albert Tipiloura, David Tipuamantumirri, Martin Tipungwuti, Pius Tipungwuti, Rosalind Tjanyari, Peter Tjutjatja Taylor, Bede Tungutalum, Romeo Ullangurra, Mario Walarmerpui, Judith Walkabout, Katie Wallatina Dhambit #2 Waṉambi, Garawan Waṉambi, Wukun Waṉambi, Yalanba Waṉambi, Susan Wanji Wanji, Nancy Ward, Judy Watson, Marcus Wheeler, Betty Wheeler Naparula, Kaylene Whiskey, Tony Wilson, Liyawaday Wirrpanda, Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra, Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra, Barbara Yanima, Tilly Yanima, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Mr B Yunupiŋu, Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia.