Deep dive into Aboriginal art

Tarnanthi brings works of 1000 Indigenous artists together at Art Gallery of SA


Mediums span painting, photography, printmaking, carving, sculpture, paper, textiles and more.


INDIGENOUS art doesn't get much bigger than this.

The largest festival of its kind, Tarnanthi 2019 on October 18-27 will feature more than 1000 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists from around the continent, with exhibitions at the Art Gallery of SA and almost 30 partner venues around Adelaide.

Artists range from 15-81 years old and span mediums such as painting, photography, printmaking, carving, sculpture, moving image, works on paper and textiles.

In addition, there will be an art fair, bringing together close to 50 art centres from across the country, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists and centres.

Highlights include:

  • Works by Yolu artists from Arnhem Land, whose project, Gurruu, explores a knowledge system that connects people and the universe across time.
  • Bunha-bunhanga: Aboriginal agriculture in the south-east, the first ever representation through visual art of the ground-breaking research of author Bruce Pascoe into pre-colonial land-use practices. Guest curator Jonathan Jones unites historical landscape paintings and drawings from around the country with rarely seen Aboriginal agricultural tools from museum collections.
  • From Mimili Maku Arts in the APY Land,a triptych titled Antara, in which Ngupulya Pumani depicts the witchetty grub ancestral creation story, two important rock holes and ceremony sites near Mimili.

For the full program click HERE