Tarnanthi Art Fair
The Tarnanthi Art Fair is going ahead both as an in-person event as well as online in 2020.
The name Tarnanthi (pronounced tar-nan-dee) comes from the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light.
Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia, Tarnanthi is a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country to share important stories. It encourages new beginnings by providing artists with opportunities to create significant new work and to extend their practice.
It illuminates the diversity and depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art by presenting an annual exhibition, art fair, artist talks, performances and events. Tarnanthi is led by Artistic Director Nici Cumpston, AGSA’s Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.
If you’re in South Australia, you can buy works of art in person at the COVID-safe Tarnanthi Art Fair, at Lot Fourteen in the Adelaide CBD from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 December 2020. This year’s event features a curated display of selected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works for sale, handpicked by community-run art centres to highlight established, mid-career and emerging artists. It also includes a broad selection of paintings, carvings, weavings, jewellery, clothing, textiles and homewares by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia.
Lot Fourteen | 4 – 6 December 2020 | Friday 5-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
You can also buy other works from the vast range available through the Tarnanthi Art Fair online portal. The portal brings together dozens of community-run art centres all in one place. Together they offer an extensive selection of works of art for sale direct from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities where they are made, through the portal’s links to local art centres. The portal is open from Friday 27 November until Sunday 6 December 2020.
Online | 27 November – 6 December 2020
Whether in person or online, the Tarnanthi Art Fair is an ethical way to buy beautiful and unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works of art. Your purchase will support First Nations artists and their communities, where art production is an essential source of income. Every cent from your purchase goes to artists and their communities – because the Tarnanthi Art Fair and all participating art centres are committed to the Indigenous Art Code.
In this difficult year, there has never been a more important time to support regional and remote communities through your love of art.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the AGSA website.
What: Tarnanthi Art Fair
When: 4–6 December 2020 | Friday 5-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Where: Lot Fourteen | Botanic Road, Adelaide
Who: All Ages
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: AGSA
Top image: Maicie Lalara and Bernadette Watt with ghost net baskets, image courtesy the artists and Anindilyakwa Arts.
Bottom Image: Janet Marawarr, image courtesy the artist, Bábbarra Women’s Centre and Art Gallery of South Australia; photo: Nat Rogers.
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