Tarnanthi Festival | Art Gallery of South Australia | 15 Oct 2021 – 30 Jan 2022

Image: Kaylene Whiskey, Indulkana, South Australia; photo: Meg Hansen

Tarnanthi 2021 Festival

A celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art returns to Adelaide in October. Internationally acclaimed as the largest festival of its kind, this year Tarnanthi comprises a major exhibition at AGSA, a state-wide festival with more than 30 partner projects and the Tarnanthi Art Fair online.

Tarnanthi is an opportunity for you to experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in all its diversity. The Kaurna name ‘tarnanthi’ means to spring forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light.   Join the AGSA and many partner venues around South Australia as they present new works from around the country, created by individual artists and through collaborative projects. This nationwide survey of First Nations art promises ambitious, innovative and up-to-the-minute contemporary works created through deep reflection on unwavering cultural connections.

The Tarnanthi 2021 program also includes an extensive array of talks, tours, music and cultural performances, workshops, creative activities and student programs, plus themed activities in The Studio at AGSA.


Tarnanthi Launch

Thursday 14 October 2021 from 6pm (free and online)

Host your own Tarnanthi party and join in online for the launch of the Tarnanthi 2021 festival. The evening begins with a Kaurna Welcome to Country. Electric Fields with Antara inma singers and First Nations Dance Collective – Tjarutja provide the music and vocals for a contemporarised inma (cultural song and dance), before Tarnanthi is officially launched by Tanya Hosch, the AFL’s Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy and SA’s 2021 Australian of the Year. Festivities continue through the night with rhythms from DJ MoZzi.

Tarnanthi at AGSA

Tarnanthi at AGSA presents dozens of individual works and collaborative projects from around the country, forming a nationwide survey of up-to-the-minute contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. These are works of artistic excellence, creative daring and ground-breaking innovation. The AGSA is open daily from 10am – 5pm (closed 25 December).

Tarnanthi Art Fair

The Tarnanthi Art Fair goes online in 2021. Browse a diverse range of unique works – including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woven objects, jewellery, clothes, textiles and homewares – handmade by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists at art centres nationwide.  An ethical sales event, every dollar from your purchase goes directly to artists and their community-run art centres – delivering economic benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where art production is a vital source of income.

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

AGSA Opening Hours

Galleries | 10am to 5pm, every day except Christmas Day

Gallery Store | 10am to 4.45pm, every day except Christmas Day.

Art Gallery Food + Wine | 10am to 4.30pm, every day except Christmas Day. Open until 9pm on the first Friday of each month.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the AGSA website.

What:  Tarnanthi Festival

When:    15 October 2021 – 30 January 2022 | 10am – 5pm

Where:   AGSA | North Terrace, Adelaide (and online)

Who:   Everyone

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 – Image: Kaylene Whiskey, Indulkana, South Australia; photo: Meg Hansen.


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