Image:Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud: A visual celebration of NAIDOC 2024’, installation view, presented by Guildhouse and Adelaide Airport, 2024. Photograph Lana Adams.

Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud:
A visual celebration of NAIDOC 2024

2 July —  8 October 2024
Adelaide Airport
Gates 26, 18, and 14

Featuring: Andrea Mimpitja Adamson, Audrey Brumby, Bernadine Kemarre Johnson, Brooke Rigney, Cedric Varcoe, Damien and Yilpi Marks, Debra Nangala McDonald, Jackie Saunders, Marshall Jangala Robertson, Michelle Joy Magias, Rama Kaltu-Kaltu Sampson and Sonya Rankine.

In partnership, Adelaide Airport and Guildhouse are delighted to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and showcase the 2024 NAIDOC Week theme throughout the Terminal.

This showcase of artists’ culture and creative practices seeks to share their stories and perspectives with visitors and travellers and is presented along the length of the Terminal; with key presentations alongside departure Gates 26, 18, and 14.

All guests to the terminal are encouraged to enjoy, learn, reflect, and support each of these artists and their artworks.

We thank each of the artists for their contribution and generosity in sharing their perspectives, creativity, and culture. We encourage guests to continue in their consideration of their personal and our collective commitment, responsibilities, and actions in daily celebrating diversity, promoting reconciliation, and nurturing mutual respect.

National NAIDOC Week (7-14 July 2024) celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

This year’s theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

Through our collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.

Images: Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud: A visual celebration of NAIDOC 2024’, installation view, presented by Guildhouse and Adelaide Airport, 2024. Photographs Lana Adams.

Image: Sonya Rankine, photograph Ben Scarce.

Sonya Rankine

Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Ngadjuri & Wirangu

Sonya Rankine, a Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Ngadjuri, and Wirangu woman, is a multidisciplinary artist. She established Lakun Mara in 2019, meaning ‘Weaving Hand’ in Ngarrindjeri, learning from master weaver Aunty Ellen Trevorrow. Her art is strongly tied to cultural preservation and revitalisation. Awarded the 2019 Our Mob Exhibition Don Dunstan Foundation Emerging Artist Prize and the 2021 SA NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Sonya’s work has been showcased since 2019 across regional, metro, state, and national platforms. Notably, Sonya performed at the 2022 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and wrote songs and performed in Narungga language for the Wild Dog Exhibition 2022, awarded 2023 Ruby Award and Guuranda, Adelaide Festival 2024. Sonya’s poetry reflects on her experiences and addresses social and political issues, and was recently published in the ‘Rock Remains’ Aboriginal Anthology launched at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2024. Sonya is an emerging playwright as the inaugural First Nation Fellowship 2024 recipient with Brink Productions.


Sonya Rankine 

A word I wear proudly
Tattooed on my arm
A part of who I am
Forever a part of me now
A place I can see everyday
A place to reflect
A place to remember
Those who are with me in my life
And those forever in my heart
A word to honour my ancestors
A word integral to who I am
A word that represents my DNA
And where I proudly come from
Lakalinyeri means family

Ngarrindjeri – lakalinyeri
Noun. clan, brethren; kin

Commissioned for DefiNation – OUR WORDS 2023

Images: Audrey Brumby, Pitjantjatjara, Pukatja (Ernabella), Kapi Tjukula, 130 x 84cm, image courtesy Milpinti Indigenous Art Gallery; Bernadine Kemarre Johnson, Eastern Arrernte, Ltyente Apurte (Santa Teresa), Desert Flowers, 126cm x 98cm, image courtesy Milpinti Indigenous Art Gallery.