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Visual Artist in Residence: Carly Tarkari Dodd, Shackled Excellence

Carly Tarkari Dodd, Image: Kayla Dodd

Carly Tarkari Dodd, Image: Kayla Dodd

The Mill welcomes Carly Tarkari Dodd, our new Artist in Residence in The Mill's Exhibition Space. Carly will be in residence from 1 October working on her project Shackled Excellence. With a focus on artistic process, this two-month residency allows audiences direct access to creative research and making. This residency is presented as part of Tarnanthi, Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

Carly Tarkari Dodd is a proud Kaurna\Narungga and Ngarrindjeri artist who is passionate about expressing her Aboriginal heritage through art and storytelling. Through this project Carly will develop a body of work that uses sculptural practice to discuss topics of contemporary Aboriginality. Using weaving techniques, she will create a number of 3-dimensional works that celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal people alongside highlighting some of the injustices that Aboriginal people face. The process and materiality of the weaving process will be central to the development of these works, and will sit alongside the conceptual and cultural research that underpins Carly’s project. The Mill invites you to witness Carly’s creative practice and gain insight into her process as the residency unfolds across a 10 week period. During her residency Carly will be presenting a number of public programs!

‘I’ve started weaving a trophy, which is going well. I’ve never made a shape like that before. I’ve been talking to my dad about sports. I feel like there is a lot of political Aboriginal art about history, but there’s not much on sport. Dad was one of the top players in his footy team, but he didn’t get acknowledged for that really. My Brother as well, Travis Dodd, has achieved a lot in soccer in Australia. So, this exhibition is a way of showcasing their achievements.’

Public Programs

‘In the Studio’ with artist Carly Tarkari Dodd

12-2pm on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Friday 25th of October

Pop into the gallery-come-studio and have a chat with Carly as she develops work for her project Shackled Excellence. All welcome, free event!

Artist in Conversation and Exhibition Finissage

24 November 3-5pm

Join artist Carly Dodd and The Mill’s Visual Arts Curator Adele Sliuzas for a chat about Carly’s residency, followed by drinks in the gallery.

Artists Biography

Carly Dodd is a Kaurna\Narungga and Ngarrindjeri artist. She has been mentored by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Max Mansell and was taught traditional weaving by Ngarrindjeri artist Ellen Trevorrow. In 2013 she took part in a cultural camp to Coober Pedy, learning traditional methods of painting. Within her practice Carly mixes traditional and contemporary techniques, to produce works that are conceptually and culturally driven. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Carclew Emerging Curator Residency. Her works were exhibited during SALA 2018 at Adelaide Town Hall. Carly won the South Australian NAIDOC Young Aboriginal of the Year in 2018. Carly has facilitated art workshops at WOMAD, Spirit Festival, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Fringe.  

About the program

The Mill’s Exhibition Space Residency program positions artistic process to the fore, allowing audiences direct access to creative research and making. During this residency The Exhibition Space operates with a studio-like mentality where knowledge arises through participation and experimentation. The Exhibition Space opens the creative process to the public, connecting people to cultural experience, insights, understanding and meaning.

Carly Tarkari Dodd
Shackled Excellence
1 October-10 December 2019
The Exhibition Space Residency
The Mill Adelaide
154 Angas Street, Adelaide SA 5000


Carly Tarkari Dodd Shackled Excellence is presented as part of Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art