Art appreciation

Tarnanthi Art Fair goes live in 2022 with thousands of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists • Glam Adelaide

Photo: Norah Abbott

The Art Gallery of South Australia’s popular Tarnanthi Art Fair will return as an online event from Friday October 14 to Monday October 17, 2022. Bigger than ever, the Tarnanthi Art Fair 2022 will also feature a series of public programs, including online and in-person creative workshops, language tutorials in Kaurna, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, and an online discussion on buying ethical art.

Following the success of last year’s art fair, the 2022 event will once again take place 100% online, offering global audiences a chance to purchase artwork and connect with Aboriginal artists. and Torres Strait Islanders before the AGSA presents the next statewide Tarnanthi Festival in 2023.

This year’s Tarnanthi Art Fair will showcase a vibrant range of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, woven objects, jewellery, textiles, clothing and homewares, created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists , working independently and in more than 50 art centers across the country.

Tarnanthi Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston OAM, said: “With such success in 2021, we are delighted that the Tarnanthi Art Fair is returning to reach new audiences around the world and deepen understanding with those who have enjoyed our fairs. d’art since 2015. We recognize that cultural learning begins at home. Living with the stories contained in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is a way to gain deeper insight and appreciation of Aboriginal art and cultures.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport ONZM says: “Not only is Tarnanthi Art Fair rapidly becoming a sustainable platform that supports economic empowerment and cultural resilience in remote communities, but it is also a a place to learn, listen and appreciate the source of creativity at the heart of arts centers across Australia.

Since 2015, over $5.4 million worth of artwork has been sold through the Tarnanthi Art Fair, which operates within the Indigenous Art Code and supports the ethical production and sale of art. works of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. All proceeds go directly to artists and art centers, providing tangible economic benefits to communities.

Art centers participating in Tarnanthi Art Fair 2022 include:

Arts Anindilyakwa (NT); APY Art Center Collective (HER); Ampilatwatja Artists (NT); Ceduna Arts (HER); Babbarra Women’s Center (NT); Baluk arts (VIC); Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists (NT); Buku Larrŋgay Mulka Center (NT); Bula’bula Arts (NT); Cheeditha Art Group (WASHINGTON); Djilpin Arts (NT); Durrmu Arts (NT); Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts (NT); Hermannsburg Potters (NT); Ikuntji Artists (NT); Iltja Ntjarra Arts Center (NT); Injalak Arts (NT); Iwiri Arts (HER); Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association (Tiwi Islands); Juluwarlu Art Group (WASHINGTON); Kira Kiro Artists (WASHINGTON); Independent artists represented by Ku Arts (HER); Mangkaja Arts (WASHINGTON); Maningrida Arts & Culture (NT); Martumili Artists (WASHINGTON); Milingimbi Arts and culture (NT); Minyma Kutjara Art Project (WASHINGTON); Mirndiyan Gununa – MIART Mornington Island Art (QLD); Arts Moa (Torres Strait); Munupi Arts and Crafts Association (Tiwi Islands); Nagula Jardu (WASHINGTON); Ngukurr Arts Center (NT); Ninuku Arts (HER); Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NT); Oak Valley Art Center (HER); Indigenous Society of Artists Papulankutja (WASHINGTON); Arts Papunya Tjupi (NT); Pormpuraaw Cultural and Arts Center Incorporated (QLD); purple house (NT); Spinifex Hill Studio ((WASHINGTON); Tangentière artists (NT); Arts Tjala (HER); Tjanpi Desert Weavers (NT); Tjarlirli Aboriginal Art Society (WASHINGTON); Utopia Art Center (NT); Arts Waringarri (WASHINGTON); Warlayirti Artists (WASHINGTON); Aboriginal Corporation of Warlukurlang Artists (NT); Warmun Art Center (WASHINGTON); Wik and Kugu Art Center (QLD); Art Yinjaa-Barni (WASHINGTON).


Buy art ethically

Online chat

Tuesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.

Free, reservation required

Join an online discussion about the importance of buying art ethically. Ask questions and hear expert insights as Art Gallery of South Australia Deputy Director Dr Lisa Slade leads a conversation with Indigenous Art Code CEO Gabrielle Sullivan, Artistic Director of Tarnanthi, Nici Cumpston, and Lisa Waup, a multidisciplinary artist and curator of mixed cultures.

Art sales are the primary source of income in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Purchasing works produced and sold in an ethical manner guarantees artists and those around them fair compensation and demonstrates respect for the oldest living culture in the world. It also protects the buyer’s investment.

The Indigenous Art Code is a voluntary industry code of conduct that art dealers agree to follow to ensure ethical practices and fair treatment of artists. This online discussion will uncover the importance of the Indigenous Art Code and explore questions to ask if you are unsure of the provenance of a work. Tarnanthi and the Tarnanthi Art Fair are proud to be part of the Aboriginal art code.

Weaving with Rose Wilfred from Numbulwar Numburindi Arts

Online workshop

Wednesday October 12, 11am-1pm

Members $35 / Non-members $45, reservations essential

Champions of fiber art, artists from the Numbulwar region combine locally harvested pandanus with discarded fishing lines and nets salvaged from the shore of Numbulwar. Head to Arnhem Land in this online workshop with expert weaver Rose Wilfred and be guided through weaving techniques the Numbulwar way. Includes weaving kit.

Weaving the Anindilyakwa Path

Online workshop

Thursday October 13, 11am-1pm

Members $35 / Non-members $45, reservations essential

Virtually sit with artists from Anindilyakwa Arts on Groote Eylandt and learn to weave using materials prepared by the artists and their communities. Famous for their bush-dyed silk and innovative use of found materials, Anindilyakwa artists love to laugh, tell stories and share their culture. Join them online at Tarnanthi and make a basket or flat weave to hang on your wall. Includes weaving kit.

Watercolor painting with Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Center

Online workshop

Friday October 14, 11am-12.30pm

Members $35 / Non-members $45, reservations essential

Join the descendants of Albert Namatjira and discover directly their approach to watercolor painting. This online workshop takes participants to the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Center in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) to learn with Western artists from Aranda while demonstrating their watercolor painting technique. Includes watercolor painting materials.

Weaving workshop with Sonya Rankine

In-person workshop at AGSA

Saturday October 15, 1-3 p.m.

Members $35 / Non-members $45, reservations essential

For artist Ngarrindjeri, Narungga and Ngadjuri Sonya Rankine, weaving is more than just an art – it is an important practice of cultural renewal and sustainment. Join Sonya for an in-person weaving workshop at the AGSA and learn about traditional Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri weaving techniques. Sonya will guide you in making your own small basket or mat using natural materials. This in-person workshop is suitable for all ages and skill levels. All materials provided.

Video in Kaurna language

Online 24/7


Naa marni. Join Taylor Tipu Power-Smith from Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi for an introduction to the Kaurna language. In this video, you will learn about the Kaurna language through greetings and common words that refer to the art world. Kaurna is the language of the Traditional Owners of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains.

Video in Pitjantjatjara–Yankunytjatjara language

Online 24/7


Palia. Join Pitjantjatjara artist Nyunmiti Burton and Yankunytjatjara artist Sandra Pumani of APY Art Center Collective as they present an introduction to their closely related languages. In this video, you will discover common greetings and words that refer to art and culture. Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara are Western Desert languages ​​spoken in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in the far northwest of South Australia, which include the communities of Pukatja, Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti and Amata.

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