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Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Tarnanthi, a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains, means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light or a seed sprouting. For all cultures, first light signifies new beginnings.

Tarnanthi (tar-nan-dee), the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art is being presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and will cast a new light on the art of Australia’s rich and diverse Indigenous cultures.

The Festival will include a series of exhibitions, presented in partnership with key cultural institutions across South Australia, which will showcase the extraordinary, the significant and the unique and will challenge existing notions of Aboriginal art.

An art fair at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute will be the focus for the first weekend of the Festival. It will provide an opportunity to buy works of art directly from independant South Australin artists and art centres from across the country.

Public programs and community events will also bring the artists voices and vision to a broad audience of international guests, artists, collectors, curators, students, cultural industry professionals and academics.