Tarnanthi – an exhibition exploring Indigenous culture

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By Mary McConville

From the 8th to the 18th of October this year South Australia will be hosting a festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art running until January next year.

The word ‘Tarnanthi’ comes from the language of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains meaning “to come forth” and implies a sense of the miraculous, such as the way we associate with the sunrise or the germination of seed.

The festival will begin at the Art Gallery of South Australia. You can arrive early as there will be entertainment from 5.30 pm, then the Gallery will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm. It’s free and all will be welcomed. ? What day is this?

Some of the major events during this festival will be –

– The Tarnanthi Art Fair on the 9th & 10th October at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

-Riverland: Yvonne Koolmatrie-an exhibition of the woven works of Yvonne Koolmatrie, a Ngarrindjeri artist. This will take place at the Art Gallery of South Australia from the 12th September 2015 to the 10th January 2016.

-A little later, from the 8th October 2015 to the 7th January 2016, there will be -Tarnanthi at the Gallery which will show the wide variety of contemporary art from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The Art Gallery will bring everybody together in the Radford Auditorium on the 9th October 2015 for “Panpa-Panpalya (a gathering to share ideas)”. Entry is free but conversations will be intense so come along and join the mega-brains.

As well as the events in the Art Gallery there will be many exhibitions running in parallel.

Our Mob 2015 – Adelaide Festival Centre

Our Mob Port Augusta – Port Augusta Cultural Centre

Kapi Ungkupayi/ He Gave Us Water – SASA Gallery

The world is not a foreign land – Flinders University

Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression – Adelaide College of the Arts

Shimmer – Jam Factory Gallery One & the South Australian Museum

Jewellery has always been here – Jam Factory Gallery Two

Near Horizens – Migration Museum

Bound and Unbound : Sovereign Acts – Act Two – AGSA Fish Gates

Desert Photography Prize – State Library

Growing Culture – Art Pod

Nganmarra-The Container of Life – Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Warriapendi: Lights Up the Lantern – Rundle Lantern

Biting the Air – Contemporary Art Centre

Overseer/ Officer – Contemporary Art Centre

A Darker Shade of Dark #1-4 – Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

Les Eaux d’Amoore – Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

Port Festival – Port Adelaide

One Love, One Family : Barngarla Stories of Resilience – Nexus Art Gallery

White Bred – Fontanelle Gallery & Studios

Handheld 2 -Prospect Gallery

Mina Lakapowa – Adelaide Central School of Art

Stone Tape Theory – Queen’s Theatre

Tarnanthi Textiles _ Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

If you’re in the area and wish to visit go to their website for all the details you’ll need, at www.tarnanthi.com.au.


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