15/10/2021

A festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Tarnanthi 2021 will run from 15 October 2021 to 30 January 2022.

Tarnanthi 2021 will showcase the work of almost 1000 artists in exhibitions and events at the Art Gallery of South Australia, venues across the state, and an online art fair.

Artists of all ages and from all over Australia have created new works of art for this year’s festival. Through a range of mediums covering photography, weaving and sculpture to painting, fashion and immersive installations, artists will present stories that will transport us across time and country.

Tarnanthi 2021 launched on Thursday 14 October with a livestreamed, performance by award-winning electronic duo Electric Fields accompanied by Antara singers and First Nations Dance Collective – Tjarutja.

The very popular Tarnanthi Art Fair is going digital in 2021, giving audiences across Australia and the world the opportunity to buy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art online. All proceeds from the online art sales will go directly to the artists and their community-run art centres.

This year’s Tarnanthi festival will be presented as part of Bloom 2021 – an inaugural celebration of South Australia’s springtime events and festivals.

For the full program details, visit agsa.sa.gov.au/tarnanthi

Image credit: John Prince Siddon, Walmajarri people, Western Australia, born Derby, Western Australia 1964, Mix it all up, 2019, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 120.0 x 240.0 cm, Acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2020, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide © John Prince Siddon/Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, photo: Saul Steed