TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence of light, or of a seed sprouting. The event, scheduled for October 2015 and hosted by the Art Gallery of South Australia under the leadership of curator and artist Nici Cumpston, is heavily supported by $4m from BHP Billiton – in part because the miner has failed to develop the Olympic Dam mine as fast as South Australia's government would have liked. “We have an ambitious goal of making South Australia the international portal for Aboriginal visual art,” Premier Weatherill said. “Tarnanthi will showcase contemporary works of art created by artists from the oldest continuous living culture on earth. The festival will include a series of exhibitions, artist workshops, a symposium and an art fair. The name beautifully captures both the vision of this Festival and the importance of celebrating language throughout the program.” Organisers are talking to artists, curators and collectors across the country to bring together the elements of the festival. “It will challenge perceptions of what Aboriginal art is, and remind us all that this is a living culture with an art practice that is celebrated internationally”, the event's co-chairs, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin and Klynton Wanganeen are reported as saying. Joining Ms Buckskin and Mr Wanganeen in providing advice are Khatija Thomas (Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement), Dr Lewis O’Brien AO (Kaurna Elder), David Miller (Ananguku Arts), Philip Watkins (Desart), Simone Tur (Yunggorendi, Flinders Uni), Mandy Brown (Country Arts SA) and Tracey Whiting (Art Gallery Board representative). The Art Gallery of South Australia will partner with cultural institutions across Adelaide to present the Festival, including Tandanya, Adelaide Festival» Read More

 

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.14

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.14

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.07.14

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TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.07.14

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

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ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.07.14

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

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