Welcome to the New Tandanya Website
Tandanya is owned and managed by the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.
It is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre.
‘Tandanya’ is the Kaurna (pronounced Garna) word for ‘place of the Red Kangaroo’.
Tandanya’s name reflects the organisation’s ongoing commitment to honour and respect the traditional owners and custodians for this country.
Why not hold your next meeting, conference, cocktail party, wedding or awards presentation at Tandanya, one of Adelaide’s most distinctive venues?
Tandanya is a proud heritage-listed building on the corner of Grenfell Street and East Terrace. Opening in 1901 as the Grenfell Street Power Station, the building was gifted into Aboriginal ownership in 1989.
The building houses a number of impressive facilities available for hire, catering for more intimate gatherings through to large-scale events.
Tour info coming soon
The galleries mix the old and the new with stunning exhibitions of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art adorning the walls of the turbine hall, featuring a magnificent natural acoustic.
Upstairs, the large Conference Room (with adjacent kitchen and toilet facilities) features bountiful sunlight, high ceilings and a capable technical fit out.
Tandanya also houses a theatre, suitable for performances, lectures and product launches, with a capacity of 147 raked seats, and a projection booth.
Tandanya caters for corporate hires, government departments and community organisations that value the cultural appropriateness of the atmosphere Tandanya generates. Our friendly Venue Coordinator is available to tailor each facility to the hirer’s requirements.
Please note that hire of the Gallery and the service of alcohol in that facility are dependent upon prior arrangement with the exhibiting artist(s).
VENUE HIRE ENQURIES
Monday – Saturday
Closed Sundays & Public Holidays
Free to the galleries and Gallery Shop
Fees apply for cultural presentations and performances
Onsite parking is NOT available
Please use the contact form provided to send us any questions or feedback.
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253 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: +61 8 8224 3200
Fax: +61 8 8224 3250
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Tandanya acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains.
Tandanya is Adelaide’s premier destination for purchasers of authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander original art and artefacts and limited edition prints.
Tandanya’s Gallery Shop also features a range of souvenir and other appropriately licensed products such as scarves, purses, T shirts and napery, where royalties are paid to the artist for the reproduction of their copyrighted work.
Tandanya supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, art centres and individual artists across Australia. Where possible, art is sourced directly from the artist.
Tandanya is a member signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, a national code of conduct that reflects our ethical practices in relation to artists. This means you can purchase with confidence in the authenticity of your purchase and its value, as a minimum of 60% of the retail price is returned to the artist or art centre for their ongoing support and economic viability. The balance is retained to cover operational costs.
In the Gallery Shop you will find paintings, yidakis (didjeridoos), boomerangs, clapsticks, dance boards, hand-woven baskets, ceramics, coasters, plates and other table accessories. We also have CDs, DVDs, books, jewellery, clothing and much much more.
The Tandanya Gallery Shop has something to suit everyone’s budget.
The Gallery Shop specialises in welcoming visitors from overseas, with staff skilled in packing your purchases ready for travel, or arranging freight or mail services to get your purchases to their destination safely and in a timeframe that suits your travel plans. The staff also offer advice on claiming the GST on your purchases at your Australian disembarkation airport.
Please note that when you purchase artwork from the Gallery Shop or our online presence, copyright in the work is retained by the artist in all circumstances.