14/12/2021

Construction has commenced on the new $200 million Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre at Lot Fourteen.

Presentation of commemorative Karra (River Red gum) tree to the Kaurna people at the project launch of Tarrkarri

Presentation of commemorative Karra (River Red gum) tree to the Kaurna people at the project launch of Tarrkarri

The Kaurna name for the world-class centre, Tarrkarri (pronounced tar-ka-ri) – Centre for First Nations Cultures and was announced by Kaurna Elder Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch at the project launch, marking the commencement of construction.

The project launch included an important cultural ground-breaking ceremony and was attended by Senior Kaurna custodians, leaders and elders as well as project stakeholders.

The new name means ‘the future’ in Kaurna language, was selected by the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre Aboriginal Reference Group and given cultural consent by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi, and symbolises the setting of strong foundations and where the Centre is located on the Adelaide Plains.

At the project launch, Lendlease was announced as the lead contractor managing the construction of Tarrkarri. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot, Tarrkarri will create an extraordinary, immersive experience combining traditional storytelling with modern technology to deliver a major cultural visitor attraction that will attract an estimated 700,000 visitors a year.

An Adelaide City Deal project at Lot Fourteen, funded by the Australian and South Australian governments, Tarrkarri will showcase the rich history of Aboriginal cultures in Australia to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year through immersive visual and performance arts and will open to the public in early 2025.

Render of Tarrkarri, Centre for First Nations Cultures

Render of Tarrkarri. Image credit: Diller Scofidio and Renfro and Woods Bagot