Tarnanthi | Open Hands | Art Gallery of SA | 16 Oct – 31 Jan 2021

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Naomi Hobson, Southern Kaantju/Umpila people, Queensland, born 1978, from the series Adolescent Wonderland, 2019, Coen, Queensland, Courtesy the artist and Redot Fine Art Gallery

Tarnanthi 2020

The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced the exhibition Open Hands for this year’s Tarnanthi, AGSA’s annual celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Open Hands will be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 16 October until 31 January 2021.

AGSA also announces that in 2020, the Tarnanthi Art Fair will be held from 4 – 6 December 2020. Open Hands highlights how the creativity of First Nations women artists forms a vital cultural link in sharing knowledge across generations. Through the act of making, artists channel deep connections to Country and culture.

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Elisa Jane Carmichael, Ngugi / Quandamooka people, South East Queensland, Courtesy the artists and Onespace Gallery, photo:Grant Hancock

For this year’s Tarnanthi, artists have expressed themselves in a variety of media, including painting, works on paper, photography, moving image, sound installation, weaving, ceramics and sculpture. The thread that binds these works together from across the continent is the role of art. The stories they share are as rich and diverse as their practices.

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Leonie Cullinan, Iwantja Arts, Tarnanthi 2019 Art Fair; photo: Nat Rogers.

During Tarnanthi, AGSA will also host an extensive array of talks, tours, performances, workshops, creative activities and student programs. The Studio will also adopt a theme emphasising a feature of the exhibition.

Tarnanthi Art Fair | 4 – 6 December 2020

The annual Tarnanthi Art Fair, designed as a COVID-safe event for 2020, will be held in early December. This year’s Art Fair will feature a curated display of works for sale, carefully selected by art centres.

The Tarnanthi Art Fair is also especially important this year to sustain financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Art production is a vital source of income in remote communities – income that supports economic empowerment and cultural resilience. Through the Art Fair, buyers are guaranteed that every dollar from sales goes directly back to artists and their communities. Tarnanthi Art Fair is an ethical sales event that supports the Indigenous Art Code.

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Barbara Mbitjana Moore, Anmatyerre people, born Ti Tree, Northern Territory 1964, Courtesy Tjala Arts

About Tarnanthi:

Tarnanthi is an annual cultural celebration that alternates in format between a state-wide festival in one year and a major focus exhibition the following year.

Open Hands delivers the quality of content and depth of substance that has been the hallmark of Tarnanthi’s earlier focus exhibitions, such as John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new in 2018 and Riverland: Yvonne Koolmatrie in 2015.

The word ‘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. Tarnanthi presents the forefront of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the country and provides an energised platform for artists to share important stories as new light is shed on their practice.

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Lena Yarinkura,Kune people, Northern Territory, 2018, Gift of the artist and acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock

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

What:   Tarnanthi 2020

When:    16 October – 31 January 2021

Where:   Art Gallery of South Australia | North Terrace, Adelaide 

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.

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