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, AGSA’s festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, returns for its fourth iteration in October 2019. Presented in partnership with BHP and supported by the Government of South Australia, 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. Tarnanthi alternates biannually between an expansive festival in one year and a focus exhibition at AGSA the following year.
Internationally acclaimed and recognised as the largest festival of its kind, Tarnanthi 2019 will continue the tradition of illuminating the diversity and depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art through exhibitions and events held across 30 partner venues including the Centre for Creative Health (CCH) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). It also features a major exhibition at AGSA, artist talks, performances and a dynamic Art Fair presented over its opening weekend.
‘Tarnanthi has captured the attention and imagination of people across the country. It is an absolute privilege to bring this exceptional art experience to audiences. The artists are testament to the rich diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and we are eager for these important stories, and this calibre of art, to be shared with our growing audiences.’ – Artistic Director, Tarnanthi, Nici Cumpston, 2019.
‘Not only is Tarnanthi creating a collaborative and nationally acclaimed platform to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artistic talent, the Festival has also generated tens of millions of dollars into our State’s economy. We are thrilled that South Australia is home to this inspiring and influential project.’ – Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Stephen Marshall MP, 2019
‘Spirit Men’ – Stephen Martin Pitjara, Allen Sparrow, Tasman Kleingeld Tjapaltjarri, David Moolooloo
For the first time, the Centre for Creative Health (CCH) is taking part in the city-wide Tarnanthi Festival, presenting ‘Spirit Men,’ an exhibition of new paintings by Stephen Martin Pitjara, Allen Sparrow, Tasman Kleingeld Tjapaltjarri and David Moolooloo, curated by Rowena Brown, Fiona Borthwick and Steph Cibich.
‘Spirit Men’ is presented with the Circle of Arts Foundation a community organisation in Glenelg which encourages creativity as a way to aid healing. The exhibition explores the theme of ‘spirit’ whilst referencing each artist’s connection to country, culture and community.
‘Spirit Men’ will be on display in the RAH’s Commercial Galleries from October 21, 2019 until January 22, 2020.
Stephen was born c1974, in Utopia region, east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. From a family of renowned artists, Stephen is the son of the late Glory Ngala, nephew of Kuddtji Kngwarreye and brother of Anna Price Pitjara. Stephen’s artworks explore a number of themes including Emu Dreaming, Yam Dreaming, Shooting stars and Spirit Man. These works reflect an appreciation for strong male figures and resonate with the role of resourceful, reliable men in society and Aboriginal culture. Stephen’s highly detailed ‘Spirit Men’ paintings also explore nature’s offerings and the artist’s connection to country. As Stephen explains, “we are born with everything we need. It is all around us. We have fire, water, hunting, shelter, tools, animals, plants, winds. Plenty to satisfy everything and be happy.”
Allen is an Aboriginal Artist from Kaurna (Yankalilla) & Njarrijeri (South East) Communities, South Australia. His paintings reflect traditional dot work and often incorporate figurative depictions of Australian animals, landscapes and representations of totems. These scenes depict a Story that seeks to take the viewer into country, sharing endless sand hills, bush and sometimes creeks and waterholes. Speaking about his practice, Allen explains “the earth colours I use is my connection to country. It calls me to paint and be who I am. I therefore would love to pass my teachings in artistic world to younger generation KAURNA.”
Tasman’s family come from the Mullen and Balgo communities of Western Australia, bearing ties to the Warlpirri and Ngarti tribes and belonging to the Walmajarri people from Paraku (Lake Gregory) in the Tanami Desert. Tasman’s artwork is a reflection of his family’s strong connection to country. They feature totems, totemic designs and reference important Dreamtime stories. Tasman describes the cultural and community significance of these stories by explaining that “spirits are there to guide us on Mother Earth to be the best we can.”
David was born in 1964 in the Victoria River Downs region of the Northern Territory. He lived on several Aboriginal communities before leaving school at the age of 15 and returning home to his Grandparent’s country. He was then a stockman for approximately 10 years before taking an interest in his heritage as an Aboriginal and began to study art under the direction of his Grandfather and tribal relations. During this process it was discovered that he had a natural talent which allows him to celebrate the Brolgas and Burrumndi, Mimis of his Dreamings.
Hayley is a local artist who has painted for five years after a career in health. She is based in Seacliff at her home studio, also inhabited by husband Ryan and beagle, Sunny. She is mentored by Hugh Adamson, an influential Adelaide designer and artist. She studied Visual Arts at a tertiary level and enjoys learning from local artists in different mediums.
Hayley has developed an experimental and quirky personality with paint; using thick impasto strokes of texture and brilliant colour with her animals, flowers, landscapes and seascapes. She enjoys bringing beauty and joy to those viewing her art. Beautiful colours and peaceful scenes are her passion and she hopes to inspire feelings of energy, excitement, peace and calmness. She experiments with subject matter and enjoys a challenge. Her beach scenes are masterful and moody, and her more recent pieces are vibrant flowers or eclectic patterns and faces. She uses brushes, sponges and palette knives to create these wonderful pieces.
Hayley is inspired by beauty- in nature and on Instagram. She is also inspired by the happiness of others and strives to please with her commissioned pieces. Hayley has exhibited throughout Adelaide, notably West Torrens Art Exhibition, Flagstaff Hill Primary School Art Prize, Royal Adelaide Show, local restaurants and SALA exhibitions.
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Art can assist to open the mind to creativity and healing. It can calm or excite and be used to self-soothe in its creation or through immersion. The meditative strokes of a painting help Hayley to find balance and calmness in her life. Creating a beautiful work that makes someone smile adds to self-esteem and life purpose.
Louder than Words features a diverse range of artworks from various emerging artists who access the Neami National Visual art programs. In this exhibition artists draw on their strengths and values and share this as an expression of art.
Neami National is a community mental health service supporting people to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths and goals. The art programs provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and create art with support from a professionally trained visual artist and to explore visual arts as part of their recovery journey.
The groups provide a safe place where people can share their stories and seek further supports and information. They bring people who may be isolated together to feel a sense of belonging to a community and it’s a place where they can meet and feel comfortable to increase wellbeing outcomes and build meaningful connections.
’If the group didn’t exist I wouldn’t be able to interact with like-minded people and share my creative expression.’ – Comet Arts participant
We acknowledge the support of the Centre for Creative Health in making the Community Gallery available for this exhibition.
Cassie Thring is an Adelaide based visual artist working across disciplines with a genuine determination to play with ideas and ways of making.
Since graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015, Cassie has exhibited regularly and has been the recipient of a number grants and residencies. She is the Chair and an active member of Floating Goose Studios, Morphett St, Adelaide and a passionate advocate for art programs in aged care and community art workshops. Her work is held in private collections in Australia and internationally.
The 2019 ‘SALA at Hampstead’ Exhibition is a collaboration between Cassie’s professional art practice and the work of patients Dawn Gemmell and Don Crettenden. As Artist in Residence at Hampstead, Cassie has spent her time sharing skills and knowledge with residents. Drawings and watercolour paintings made by 2 of the residents have been upscaled via a digital process, and pasted directly to the gallery walls. Cassie uses this strategy in her own work as a mode of exploration, allowing for discoveries within the work that are not normally seen.
Dawn Gemmell’s free-flowing study of colour has been transformed from an A4 page into an abstracted panel over 4 meters long. Sourced from the gardens at Hampstead, Don Crettenden’s photographs of flowers were used as the basis of his water colour studies. Cassie has used these single flower paintings to make vast observations of shape and pattern.
As the works are pasted directly to the gallery walls, they are ephemeral and not for sale. They will exist in the gallery spaces until later in the year, when they will be removed.
Please contact Fiona Borthwick for more information.
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