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Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of South Australia

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Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of South Australia
Residents of Adelaide would no doubt have seen the word "TARNANTHI" written about the city to celebrate the diverse range of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from across the country. This exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia is one of 22 across the state.It is a must see, so put it in your calendar.

Art Gallery of SA, Tarnanthi, The Studio
The football field in The Studio at The Art Gallery of SA

There is of course something for the whole family with The STUDIO in the gallery providing free art activities daily from 10am til 5pm. Weekdays you might find that school groups occupying the space between 10am and two, so a weekend visit with the kids is advised. The whole STUDIO space has been transformed into a bush footy oval inspired by the witty and engaging works of Utopia artists Dinni Kunoth Kemarre and Josie Kunoth Petyarre. You can create your own football player to adorn the studio!

Student, Plasticine, sculpture
Kids work in The Studio

The STUDIO, Art Gallery of SA, Tarnanthi
Artworks by Dinni Kunoth Kemarre from Utopia homestead- Northern Territory

Dinni Kunoth Kemarre and Josie Kunoth Petyarre are a husband and wife team who live on a small outstation named Utopia on Aboriginal freehold land at Apungalindum, which is approximately 250 km north of Alice Springs. AFL football is the most popular sport in Central Australian communities and Utopia is no different. The football season in these communities run well beyond the AFL grand final in September and are vital to the community. Amazing skills are always on display though the grass may not be.

Reko Rennie, Artist
Reko Rennie- Genesis 2 2015 Melbourne

Reko Rennie is a self taught artist who works mainly on the streets. His work is largely political, though it also explores his own personal identity and evolution as an artist.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, people of the jungle
Nyapanyapa Yunupingu- Yolnu retjangura (people in the jungle) 2014

Further on in the exhibition, we find the work of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu this is an exciting and epic work that occupies a whole room. Eighty sheets of recycled print proofs painted in ground rock pigment adorn the walls. The stick figures represent 20 different generations with 24 different relations arranged horizontally for each generation.

Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of SA, Owls
Dinni Kunoth Kemmarre- Owls 2012

The works in the Art Gallery of South Australia represent many areas throughout the country. The contemporary practitioners are shining examples of their culture which has spanned 40,000 years.

This exhibition is on until the 17th of January.
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Why? Brilliant exhibition
When: Daily 10am- 5pm
Phone: 82077000
Where: Art Gallery of South Australia
Cost: Free
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