Tarnanthi 2019: Art Gallery of South Australia

The name Tarnanthi (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 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.


Having spent time with the Tangentyere Artists in their studio throughout 2018 and 2019, Thea Anamara Perkins has created a series of portraits of five senior figurative painters – Betty Napaljarri Conway, Sally M. Nangala Mulda, Nyinta Donald Peipei, Doris Thomas and Grace Kemarre Robinya.