Tarnanthi Art Fair goes online in 2022 with thousands of works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

Nancy-Jackson-and-Mrs-Burke-near-Warakurna-Western-Australia-2011-photo-by-Rhett-HammertonThe Art Gallery of South Australia’s popular Tarnanthi Art Fair will return as an online event from Friday 14 to Monday 17 October 2022.

Bigger than ever before, the 2022 Tarnanthi Art Fair will also offer a series of public programs including creative workshops both online and in person, language tutorials in Kaurna, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, and an online discussion about buying art ethically.

Following the success of last year’s art fair, the 2022 event will again run 100% online, offering global audiences a chance to buy works of art and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists before AGSA presents the next statewide Tarnanthi Festival in 2023.

This year’s Tarnanthi Art Fair will feature a dynamic range of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woven objects, jewellery, textiles, clothes and homewares, created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, working independently and from more than 50 art centres across the country.

“With such success in 2021, we are thrilled that the Tarnanthi Art Fair will return to reach new audiences around the world and build deeper understanding with those who have enjoyed our Art Fairs since 2015,” said Tarnanthi Artistic Director, Nici Cumpston OAM.

“We acknowledge that cultural learning begins at home. Living with the stories held within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is one way to gain insight and a deeper appreciation for Aboriginal art and cultures,” said Cumpston.

“Not only is the Tarnanthi Art Fair fast becoming an enduring platform that supports economic empowerment and cultural resilience for remote communities, it is also a place of learning, listening and appreciation of the wellspring of creativity at the heart of art centres across Australia,” said AGSA Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM.

Since 2015, more than $5.4 million of art has been sold through the Tarnanthi Art Fair, which operates under the Indigenous Art Code and supports the ethical production and sales of works of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. All proceeds go directly to the artists and art centres, delivering tangible economic benefits to communities.

The Tarnanthi Art Fair will run as an online event from Friday 14 to Monday 17 October 2022. For more information about Tarnanthi 2022, visit: www.agsa.sa.gov.au for details.

Image: Nancy Jackson and Mrs Burke near Warakurna, Western Australia, 2011; © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council – photo by Rhett Hammerton

Art Centres participating in the 2022 Tarnanthi Art Fair include:
Anindilyakwa Arts (NT); APY Art Centre Collective (SA); Artists of Ampilatwatja (NT); Arts Ceduna (SA); Bábbarra Women’s Centre (NT); Baluk Arts (VIC); Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists (NT); Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (NT); Bula’bula Arts (NT); Cheeditha Art Group (WA); Djilpin Arts (NT); Durrmu Arts (NT); Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts (NT); Hermannsburg Potters (NT); Ikuntji Artists (NT); Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre (NT); Injalak Arts (NT); Iwiri Arts (SA); Jilamara Arts and Craft Association (Tiwi Islands); Juluwarlu Art Group (WA); Kira Kiro Artists (WA); Independent artists represented by Ku Arts (SA); Mangkaja Arts (WA); Maningrida Arts & Culture (NT); Martumili Artists (WA); Milingimbi Art and Culture (NT); Minyma Kutjara Arts Project (WA); Mirndiyan Gununa – MIART Mornington Island Art (QLD); Moa Arts (Torres Strait); Munupi Art And Crafts Association (Tiwi Islands); Nagula Jarndu (WA); Ngukurr Art Centre (NT); Ninuku Arts (SA); Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NT); Oak Valley Art Centre (SA); Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation (WA); Papunya Tjupi Arts (NT); Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre Incorporated (QLD); Purple House (NT); Spinifex Hill Studio ((WA); Tangentyere Artists (NT); Tjala Arts (SA); Tjanpi Desert Weavers (NT); Tjarlirli Art Indigenous Corporation (WA); Utopia Art Centre (NT); Waringarri Arts (WA); Warlayirti Artists (WA); Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation (NT); Warmun Art Centre (WA); Wik & Kugu Arts Centre (QLD); Yinjaa-Barni Art (WA).