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18 October 2019 to 25 January 2020
Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 7:45pm
Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4:45pm
Closed on public holidays
State Library Gallery
Free entry

This exhibition brings together stories, language, and art. After retrieving archival recordings of Warumungu speakers, seven artists from Barkly Arts at Tennant Creek, NT, were inspired to remember their old people, old stories and old knowledge. The paintings created range from ancestral stories to depictions of traditional healing, the arrival of whitefellas and station life. The historic audio recordings play alongside the paintings and contemporary videos in this multi-modal exhibition that evokes the sounds and colours of Warumungu Country.

Artists: Gladys Anderson, Heather Anderson, Lindy Brodie, Ruth Dawson, Penny Kelly,
Susannah Nelson, Joseph Williams.

Curators: Sandra Morrison Nangali, Rosemary Plummer Narrurlu, Ronald Morrison Jungarrayi. 

Linguist: Samantha Disbray.

The State Library is pleased to be a part of the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.


Image: Heather Napururla Anderson, Skin Names, 2019, synthetic polymer paint on cotton canvas © Heather Napururla Anderson/Barkly Arts


How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.

Open hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.