September 13th until November 7th

Drifting Sands features the work of seven women artists from across regional and remote areas, they celebrate the strength within women – referencing the influences of women in the past who have shaped their lives while also looking to nurture and guide tomorrow’s leaders. This exhibition, curated by Marika Davies, likens the strength of women to the energy of wind as it drives sand across Country – shaping dunes, sculpting new forms, steadily altering the future.

Featured Artists are Annette Walyingka Lawrie Dodd, Lavene Ngatokorua, Marli Macumba, Sandra Saunders, Heather Kemarre Shearer, Yana Tschuna, Jessica Turner.

Curated by WangKangurrua person Marika Davies.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia.

The exhibition at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery is supported by Art Gallery of South Australia and Port Pirie Regional Council .

Marika Davies is supported by Regional Arts Australia through Country Arts SA

Monday to Friday 9-5pm , Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 10-2pm

Why not book a guided to tour to enhance your experience of the exhibition.

Contact our Tourism office on 8638700 to book.

The Festival’s creative vision is led by Tarnanthi Artistic Director, Barkandji artist and curator, Nici Cumpston OAM. Cumpston says, ‘It is an absolute privilege to bring this world-class art experience to audiences again in 2021. Artists presented in Tarnanthi are testament to the rich diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and we are eager to share these important stories, and this calibre of art, with our growing audiences across Australia and beyond.’

Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, is delighted to see the return of the nationally celebrated Festival and says, ‘Not only is Tarnanthi the nation’s wellspring that champions the important voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artistic talent, Tarnanthi has also generated almost $100 million for our State’s economy. I am truly delighted that South Australia is home to this inspiring and influential project.’

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Photo credit: Heather Kamarra SHEARER, Arrante People, Central Australia, Northern Territory
born Alice Springs, Northern Territory 1959, Spirits Move in Grandmothers Country, 
Port Augusta, 2021, acrylic, sand on canvas. 65 x 92.5 cms ©

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Photo credit: Sandra Saunders, Ngarrindjeri people, South Australia, born Millicent, South Australia 1947, Deadly Women, Wangary, 2021, oil on canvas, each painting 910x410cm.  © Heather Kamarra SHEARER.  Photo: Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery