17/12/2021

Construction has started on the new $200 million Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (Tarrkarri) at Lot Fourteen, marking a major milestone in the delivery of the project.

The project is expected to create 2,700 jobs during construction, with additional jobs created after completion.

The Centre will now be known as Tarrkarri, (pronounced tar-ka-ri) – Centre for First Nations Cultures and was announced by Kaurna Elder Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch.

The new name means ‘the future’ in Kaurna language and symbolises the setting of strong foundations for the Centre and where the Centre is located on the Adelaide Plains. It was selected by the AACC Aboriginal Reference Group and given cultural consent by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Centre – which is being funded through the Adelaide City Deal – will be an important cultural and tourism attraction.

“The new Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre – Tarrkarri – will showcase the rich history of Aboriginal cultures in Australia to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year through immersive visual and performance arts,” Minister Fletcher said.

“It is one of many important projects being delivered through the Adelaide City Deal, which is a commitment from all 3 levels of government to deliver community infrastructure that supports jobs, drives economic growth, and enhances the liveability and vibrancy of the city.”

South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall said: “This is a special day for South Australians as we pause and celebrate a point in history where together we’ll create a place of belonging, healing, reconciliation and pride for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

The project launch included the presentation of a commemorative Karra (River Redgum) tree to the Kaurna people and was attended by Senior Kaurna custodians, leaders and elders as well as project stakeholders.

Ambassador for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre and leader of the Aboriginal Reference Group, David Rathman AM, said the new Kaurna name is a perfect title, fitting the Centre’s vision.

“Tarrkarri, the Centre for First Nations Culture will showcase to the world, and all Australians, 60,000 years of culture, understanding of Country and contemporary expression through education, performance, language, visual arts and the use of our wonderful and extensive collections with the use of modern and innovative technologies,” Mr Rathman said.

“It will allow us to share our unique cultures and stories, while creating a lively and immersive journey together.”

The Centre’s Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy will ensure more jobs and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are created across the supply chain as the project moves into the construction phase.

The Centre will create an extraordinary, immersive experience combining traditional storytelling with modern technology to deliver a major cultural visitor attraction that will attract an estimated 700,000 visitors a year. The Centre will open to the public in early 2025.

Sourced from Lot Fourteen’s website: Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre looks to the future with new Kaurna name