Our Story | Sand Painting Exhibition | Tandanya Adelaide | Until 24 Jul 2021

Our Story Exhibition – Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Two artists have told their dreaming stories using 40 tonnes of sand, on display at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

Sand painting and drawing has been and still is part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. Telling stories about the dreamtime and creation, marking country and recording history.

The first sand painting, titled “One Man and his Thirteen Wives” or “Tjukurpa Ngintaka, Wati Kutju, Minyma Tjuta,” was created by artist Derik Lynch Yankunytjatjara, Arrernte, Anmatjere man of Finke Aputula NT.  This painting tells the story of Wati Ngintaka, who chased the thirteen sisters from the Flinders Rangers in South Australia all the way up to Aputula in southeast Northern Territory. Wati Ngintaka captured them in a cave and made them his wives. They continue to still roam and wonder today in the desert country.

The second sand painting,“Budgerigar Dreaming” or “Ngatijirri Jukurrpa” by Farron Furber, a Warlpiri, Arrernte, Anmatjere man, is a dreaming story about a large group of budgerigar birds who came to the waterholes from the east.  They later travelled west in search of water, singing and dancing as they flew.  They roosted in the trees and each time the flock landed they performed ceremonies.  In Warlpiri Country budgerigars are a good source of food, and many follow them to find water.

TANDANYA is open to the public from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm.

Duration of Our Story Exhibition: 25 June – 24 July 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tandanya Gallery, Theatre, Shop, and Cafe will re-open to the public on Monday 5 July 2021 at 10am. 

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Tandanya Facebook page.

What:   Our Story Exhibition

When:   Open Monday – Saturday | 10am – 5pm

Where:  Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute | 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide 

Who:   Everyone

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Image Source: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute


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