The Tarnanthi Folk Art Fair returns this month in a digital format – featuring thousands of works by emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Plus, for the first time, creative workshops, language tutorials in Kaurna and Pitjantjatjara, and an online discussion on buying ethical art.
The Art Gallery of South Australia’s popular Tarnanthi Art Fair returns this year as an online event – from Friday October 14 to Monday October 17 – offering local and global audiences a chance to purchase artwork before the next statewide Tarnanthi Festival in 2023.
The 2022 Art Fair will showcase a dynamic range of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, woven objects, jewellery, textiles, clothing and homewares, created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from more than 50 art centers across the country, including Arts Ceduna de SA, APY Art Center Collective, Iwiri Arts, Tjala Arts, Ku Arts, Ninuku Arts and Oak Valley Art Center.
Most of the pieces, made by hundreds of established and emerging Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists, cost between $50 and $5,000, and the money goes directly to the artists and their community-run art centers.
“Not only is the Tarnanthi Art Fair quickly becoming a sustainable platform that supports the economic empowerment and cultural resilience of remote communities, but it is also a place to learn, listen and appreciate the source of creativity at the heart of arts centers across Australia,” AGSA Director Rhana Devenport said in a statement.
More important than ever, the 2022 event will for the first time offer a series of public programs including online and in-person creative workshops, language tutorials in Kaurna, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, and an online discussion on buying ethical art.
“We recognize that cultural learning begins at home,” says Tarnanthi Artistic Director Nici Cumpston. “Living with the stories contained in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is a way to gain deeper insight and appreciation of Aboriginal art and cultures.”
The Tarnanthi Art Fair is governed by the Indigenous Art Code and supports the ethical production and sale of artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
To sign up for an event reminder, visit agsa.sa.gov.au.