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Tarnanthi (pronounced tar-nan-dee) is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun rising, or a seed sprouting. For many cultures "first light" signifies new beginnings, and so this is the inaugural year for the Tarnanthi Art Festival.
The Festival comprises a series of events and exhibitions showcasing contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in South Australia from October 8-18 2015.
Twenty-two cultural institutions from around South Australia will exhibit the extraordinary, the significant and the unique works of Aboriginal art. At its heart the Art Gallery of South Australia is showcasing its most ambitious exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in its 134-year history.
The exhibition will include art from around Australia: Yhonnie Scarce suspends more than 2000 individually blown-glass bush yams in the shape of a nuclear bomb blast conducted at Maralinga. Art and AFL meld in Dinni Kunoth Kemarre and Josie Kunoth Petyarre's 'Bush Footy' sculptures and paintings. The Namatjira Collection presents skirts and corresponding watercolours painted in the tradition of Albert Namatjira by his descendants.
Tarnanthi celebrates the artist's role in shaping our world. Adelaide's cultural institutions have worked closely together to present the work of more than 300 artists, showcasing hundreds of artists to local and national audiences.
The Tarnanthi Festival opens with the Tarnanthi Art Fair at Tandanya, and is followed by a rich celebration of the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at numerous venues in Adelaide. See the Tarnanthi Art Festival for lots more details that are not available at time of writing.
Image: courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries.