Tarnanthi at AGSA presents an up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, featuring ambitious and innovative works of art by artists from around the nation.

A major feature in 2023 is the first survey exhibition of celebrated Western Aranda painter Vincent Namatjira – a satirical chronicler of Australian identity whose works offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective.

Other highlights include Tiger Yaltangki’s painted incursions into classic AC/DC rock posters; Bugai Whyoulter’s sublime depictions of seasonal changes around her desert homeland of Wantili; Kunmanara (Ngilan) Dodd’s remarkable sculptural works made from fencing wire bound in wool; Wally Wilfred’s vivid contemporary paintings of traditional cycles through life and death; Nyangulya Katie Nalgood’s tribute to the birds who connect her to Country in the Pilbara and the Kimberley; a celebration of colour in the dyed works by Injalak women weavers; and Ray Mudjandi’s representations of his latest Aboriginal superhero.

The Tarnanthi Festival begins at AGSA with a public celebration. AGSA also hosts the insightful panpapanpalya ideas conference led by notable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, curators, thinkers and writers, as well as an extensive array of talks, tours, performances, workshops, creative activities and education programs.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia

Principal Partner
  • BHP