Shedding new light on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art
Tarnanthi, pronounced tar-nan-dee, is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It describes the first emergence of light, and for many cultures, first light signifies new beginnings. Tarnanthi's vision has been to provide artists with the opportunity to create significant new work.
The Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art 2017 brings together over 200 artists from across the country to showcase their works of art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and a further 300 artists across twenty-six city-wide exhibitions produced in collaboration with twenty-two partner organisations.
Tarnanthi's mission is to give agency to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists’ way of thinking and being in this world by presenting works of art through their voices. The 2017 program highlights include Tarnanthi Art Fair; panpa-panpalya, a public symposium modelled on the Kaurna philosophy of gathering to exchange and share knowledge; and the Namatjira Project Auction – an auction of historic boomerangs, woomeras and spears made in collaboration with Mervyn Rubuntja and Kevin McCormack, reimagined by leading Australian artists.
The 2017 Artistic Director of Tarnanthi is Nici Cumpston.
Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with support from Arts SA, Government of South Australia and Principal Partner BHP Billiton.
12 - 16 Oct 2017
13 - 15 Oct 2017
13 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018
14 Sep 2017 - 11 Feb 2018
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are respectfully advised that the following videos may contain the images of people who have passed away.
Tarnanthi is led by Artistic Director Nici Cumpston, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Cumpston is a proud Barkandji artist, writer, and educator who is also of Afghan, English and Irish heritage. She is a descendant of the people of the Barka, the Darling River, in far western New South Wales. Her career has been characterised by working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to bring new work and new ways of seeing to wider audiences.