Saltbush Country provides a rare opportunity for audiences across regional South Australia to experience the works and worldviews of Aboriginal women artists practising independently in the state. In this statewide touring exhibition, seven regional artists tell stories of their culture, community and connection to Country. Often personal and occasionally raw, their work reflects the world as seen through their eyes – a contemporary articulation of Aboriginal life in regional South Australia.

Saltbush Country, curated by Tarnanthi Regional Curator Marika Davies, was one of the highlight exhibitions of Tarnanthi 2023 when it was presented at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery and in Adelaide at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery at the Hawke Centre, UniSA City West campus.

The artists’ works are the result of a series of community workshops, mentoring and professional development opportunities catering for prominent regional artists and supported by Tarnanthi and Country Arts SA.


Josephine Lennon
Mirning/Antikirinjara people, South Australia

Juanella McKenzie
Adnyamathanha/Luritja/Lower Southern Arrernte people, South Australia/Northern Territory

Marli Macumba
Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara people, South Australia

Deanna Newchurch
Narungga people, South Australia

Lynette Newchurch
Narungga people, South Australia

Sandra Saunders
Ngarrindjeri/Buandig people, South Australia

Heather Shearer
Arrernte people, Northern Territory/South Australia

Nautilus Arts Centre Galinyala / Port Lincoln - Barngala Country 29 Jun – 26 Jul 2024
Signal Point Experience Centre Goolwa - Ngarrindjeri Country 14 Dec 2024 – 26 Jan 2025
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Pomberuk / Murray Bridge - Ngarrindjeri Country 1 Feb – 6 Apr 2025
Walkway Gallery Tatiara / Bordertown - Bindjali Country 21 Jun – 2 Aug 2025
Riddoch Art Gallery Bungandit / Mount Gambier - Boandik Country 8 Nov 2025 – 18 Jan 2026
Roxbylink Art Gallery Roxby Downs - Kokatha Country 28 Feb – 26 Apr 2026
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Broken Hill - Wilyakali people of the Barkindji nation 8 May – 26 Jul 2026
Burra Regional Art Gallery Kooringa / Burra - Ngadjuri Country 1 Aug – 30 Aug 2026
Fabrik Lobethal - Peramangk Country 4 Sep – 11 Oct 2026

The Saltbush Country regional tour is presented by Country Arts SA. The exhibition was first developed and presented as a partnership between Country Arts SA, Tarnanthi and the Art Gallery of South Australia, with support from Tarnanthi Principal Partner BHP.

Presented by
  • Country Arts SA