Tarnanthi Exhibition

Art can be a weapon for the defence of culture and a future free of disadvantage. In this exhibition, artists present diverse perspectives on struggle and survival as they explore what it means to be a soldier, creating a dialogue around issues concerning Indigenous and non-Indigenous battles for Country, rights and freedom across the generations. The project was initiated by young men from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, whose works are presented alongside those of invited Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists whose practices share common concepts.

Weapons for the soldier is a partnership project between the APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program, the ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, and Australia Council for the Arts; Arts SA; Create NSW; Sutherland Shire Council; and the Gordon Darling Foundation.


Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Alec Baker, Eric Barney, Lionel Bawden, Willy Kaika Burton, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Sammy Dodd, Witjiti George, George Gittoes, Shaun Gladwell, Rupert Jack, Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken: Maruku Arts & Crafts, Richard Lewer, Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Jonathan Jones, Danie Mellor, Hector Mitakiki, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki, Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira, Steaphan Paton, Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Greg Semu, Alex Seton, Keith Stevens, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Bernard Tjalkuri, Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams, Anwar Young, Frank Young, Kamurin Young, young men of Amata

Special event

Welcome to Ngarrindjeri Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Moogy Sumner
Inma cultural song and dance from the APY Lands

Artists in conversation: Witjiti George, Taylor Cooper, Tarnanthi Artistic Director Nici Cumpston and others

Sun 13 Oct, 1–4pm


Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets

Presenting partner
  • Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
  • APY Art Centre Collective