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15/10/2021 - 30/01/2022


Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art returns for its sixth iteration in October 2021. Internationally acclaimed as the largest festival of its kind, Tarnanthi this year comprises a major exhibition at AGSA and a state-wide festival stretching across South Australia with partner venues presenting more than 30 exhibitions.

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 spring forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light. Tarnanthi presents the cutting edge of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the country and provides an energised platform for artists to share important stories.

Tarnanthi 2021 will feature artists from across the continent; as far north as Cape York to the heart of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and beyond, with works across a range of mediums – from painting, photography, printmaking, carving, sculpture, moving image, works on paper and textiles.

Key Dates

Tarnanthi 2021 Festival Season | 15 October 2021 – 30 January 2022
Tarnanthi Art Fair | Online | Dates to be announced
Media Preview | AGSA | 14 October, 11am
Official Launch | Livestream | 14 October, 6pm
Panpa-panpalya | AGSA and livestream | 15 October
Artist Talks | AGSA and online | 16-17 October

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.

For full program details, visit agsa.sa.gov.au.




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