The Tarnanthi Art Fair is going ahead both as an in-person event as well as online. And sales begin soon.
If you’re in South Australia, you can buy works of art in person at the COVID-safe Tarnanthi Art Fair, at Lot Fourteen in the Adelaide CBD from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 December. This year’s event features a curated display of selected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works for sale, handpicked by community-run art centres to highlight established, mid-career and emerging artists. It also includes a broad selection of paintings, carvings, weavings, jewellery, clothing, textiles and homewares by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia.
From this week, no matter where you are, you can also buy other works from the vast range available through the Tarnanthi Art Fair online portal. The portal brings together dozens of community-run art centres all in one place. Together they offer an extensive selection of works of art for sale direct from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities where they are made, through the portal’s links to local art centres. The portal is open from Friday 27 November until Sunday 6 December 2020.
Whether in person or online, the Tarnanthi Art Fair is an ethical way to buy beautiful and unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works of art. Your purchase will support First Nations artists and their communities, where art production is an essential source of income. Every cent from your purchase goes to artists and their communities – because the Tarnanthi Art Fair and all participating art centres are committed to the Indigenous Art Code.
In this difficult year, there has never been a more important time to support regional and remote communities through your love of art.
Please check the AGSA website before the event for COVID-safe attendance requirements HERE
The Tarnanthi Art Fair 2020 showcases works of art for sale from hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across the continent. Paintings, carvings, weavings, jewellery, clothing, textiles and homewares are available for purchase, all at a new venue at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide’s CBD.
This year’s Art Fair features a curated display of selected works for sale, handpicked by community-run art centres to highlight established and next-generation artists. It also includes shop-style sales of countless works by artists from across Australia. In addition, a program of digital presentations will show artists making their work and discussing their motivations, traditions and environment.
This innovative format has been designed as a more intimate, COVID-safe event for 2020. It has been developed in close consultation with artist communities and in partnership with trusted not-for-profit organisation Agency.
The Tarnanthi Art Fair is also especially important this year to sustain financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Art production is a vital source of income in remote communities – income that supports economic empowerment and cultural resilience. Through the Art Fair, buyers are guaranteed that every dollar from sales goes directly back to artists and their communities. Tarnanthi Art Fair is an ethical sales event that supports the Indigenous Art Code.
With this year’s Art Fair held in early December, buyers can find unique Christmas ideas – and they can be sure that their fair and ethical purchase delivers a welcome gift in remote communities.
The name (pronounced tar-nan-dee) comes from the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light.
Tarnanthi is a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country to share important stories. It encourages new beginnings by providing artists with opportunities to create significant new work and to extend their practice.
It illuminates the diversity and depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art by presenting an annual exhibition, art fair, artist talks, performances and events. Tarnanthi is led by Artistic Director Nici Cumpston, AGSA’s Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.
Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia