Mirdilyayanthi – Tarnanthi Festival 2021

By Grace Bennett, Elizabeth Close, Shane Kooka, Thomas Readett and Jackie Saunders
Curated by Lauren Simeoni

Our Arts in Health program is proud to exhibit Mirdilyayanthi as part of Tarnanthi – a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country to share important stories.

Gallery Location
Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Blue Heart Gallery, Ground Floor, Zone A, Kermode Street, North Adelaide SA 5006.

Dates and Opening Hours
15 Oct 2021 – 31 Jan 2022
9am – 5pm daily

*Please note: Due to COVID-19 there are visitor restrictions in the Hospital. To remain updated on this information visit www.wch.sa.gov.au.

Five contemporary artists reveal how the process of art-making helps them to express personal stories and connect with their Aboriginal heritage. These influential artists are breaking ground in their fields and creating positive pathways for themselves and others for the future. This exhibition, presented in a health environment under the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Arts in Health program, seeks to enrich and inspire the experiences for young patients in their wellness journey.

‘Making artwork for me is compulsory to the way I live. It is a therapy to help me work through things and keeps me staying strong.’ – Thomas Readett

View the Mirdilyayanthi exhibition brochure here

Grace Bennett in front of her work, ‘Country’.

Grace Bennett in front of her work, ‘Country’.

Jacki Saunders and her work, ‘Before the Sun Rises’ (detail).

Jacki Saunders and her work, ‘Before the Sun Rises’ (detail).

Elizabeth Yanyi Close and her work, ‘Let The Shadows Fall Behind You’.

Elizabeth Yanyi Close and her work, ‘Let The Shadows Fall Behind You’.

Shane Kooka and his work, #2 Central Meeting Place (detail).

Shane Kooka and his work, #2 Central Meeting Place (detail).

Thomas Readett and his work, ‘Hold Onto Hope’.

Thomas Readett and his work, ‘Hold Onto Hope’.