TARNANTHI, the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, is a showcase and celebration of Indigenous culture in South Australia.

Presenting modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works on a scale never before seen in South Australia, the festival features mostly new art across 22 venues and introduces hundreds of artists to large audiences.

Artists from the bush are exhibiting alongside their city colleagues, and together their works explore areas ranging from ancestral creation stories to responses to modern life.

South Australia is a gateway to our continent’s central desert region, so we are especially well placed to host a large and diverse festival of this kind.

Besides improving our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and placing a spotlight on emerging artists, TARNANTHI adds to South Australia’s international reputation as the Festival State.

TARNANTHI has something for everyone, and I am sure it will enrich Adelaide and leave a legacy that honours all Australians.

I look forward to seeing you at the exhibitions, the Art Fair and other events being held across the city from 8 October 2015.

Premier of South Australia