About Us


Tandanya Building


Tandanya is owned and managed by the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc. It is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre. In 2014, Tandanya celebrated 25 years of continuous operation since the Institute was incorporated in 1989.

‘Tandanya’ is the Kaurna (pronounced Garna) word for ‘place of the Red Kangaroo’. The Kaurna people are the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. Tandanya’s name reflects the organisation’s ongoing commitment to honour and respect the traditional owners and custodians for this country.

Tandanya is a visionary and vibrant place for all to experience contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions through the visual and performing arts. Tandanya continues to enjoy a national and international reputation for innovation and excellence in visual art exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists from around the country and overseas.

Tandanya boasts several gallery spaces that feature a minimum of twelve exhibitions each year by acclaimed local, national and international artists. Our Curator develops or selects quality exhibitions that reflect the vibrancy and diversity of cultural expressions in different media within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Also within Tandanya are a number of venues available for hire, that include the galleries, a conference room, boardroom and a 147 tiered seating theatre.

Tandanya’s visual arts program features non-selling and selling shows. As with artwork available for sale through the Gallery Shop and on-line, visitors can purchase original or limited-edition authentic art with confidence. Tandanya is a signatory to the national Indigenous Art Code, ensuring that Tandanya’s dealings with artists are underpinned by a commitment to ethical trading practices.

Tandanya’s hosts a number of community events and festivals throughout the year, notably Survival Day in January and the award-winning Spirit Festival in March. Tandanya’s core activities are significantly supported by the Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and by the Government of South Australia through ArtsSA.