Ikuntji Artists are excited to be part of Tarnanthi Art Fair 2020, which will take place on December 4th-6th in Adelaide with a Covid-19 safe physical event. This will be a fantastic opportunity to purchase works from Ikuntji Artists in a physical gallery-style art fair. If you are unable to attend the physical event, please keep updated with new works available for purchase through our website gallery.
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