Art After Dark West End

Art After Dark brings Adelaide's West End precinct to life, Thursday 9 August 2018

Thursday 9 August 2018

Our last event was the biggest yet!
To see how things went, flick through our collection of event photos here



5-7pm | Lion Arts Courtyard

EXHIBITION: The Garden | Julia McInerney

Traverse literature and sculpture in The Garden- a new immersive exhibition by Julia McInerney, 2017 winner of SALA’s The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award. The Garden expands on the artist’s interest in translation between text and material forms, as well as the symbolic significance the apple, comprising new photographic works, hand-carved Applewood sculptures, and a large-scale floor installation of hand-cast concrete tiles, all ordered and contained in a monochromatic vista.


Enter the iconic world of South Australia’s most celebrated potter, fringe dweller, savant gardener and pretty-good-surfer, Gerry Wedd. SONGS FOR A ROOM draws on 40 years of artistic practice and an encyclopaedia of personal interests to present Wedd's most ambitious project yet: a dizzyingly opulent installation created from more than 1000 handmade tiles and domestic objects, and a place where song writing, Delft tile painting, popular culture and art history collide with current socio-political issues.

6pm | TALK: Gerry Wedd

Join Gerry Wedd for an illuminating and off-beat lecture on his immersive exhibition, SONGS FOR A ROOM. From Victor Hugo to Byzantine pottery, the history of cobalt, and the emotional force of music and song lyrics, join us for an artist talk that celebrates learning from the academic, the everyday and everything in between.

Free, no booking required.


5-7pm 39 Light Square

EXHIBITION: mad for more | Alice Potter, Amanda Radmoni, Ashley Playfair, Billie Cook, Eleanor Zecchin, Elizabeth Wojciak, Fran Callen, Heidi Kenyon, Laura Wills, Shelley Smith, Suzy Fagan 

mad for more presents the thought-provoking and outstanding work of 11 professional artists from their lived experience as mothers


Until 7pm | Underneath MOD.

Serving SA wines, cheese and charcuterie boxes, and loaded tots for friends to share!


6-7:30pm  | Bradley Forum - L5 Hawke Building, UniSA


Building on our collaboration with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, we continue our Art Talks Series to give you the chance to hear directly from the artists. Catherine Milliken, Natsuko Yoshimoto and Jessica Aszodi discuss the place of the composer and new work in the orchestral space in the 21st century.


5-7pm  |  55 North Tce - Hawke Building, UniSA

EXHIBITION: Art by Prisoners

Featuring selected works created within South Australia’s adult prisons, Art by Prisoners allows prisoners’ artwork to escape temporarily and go on show to the public. The prisoners are anonymous but this exhibition will reveal fragments of their lives both within and beyond prison, allowing us to see prisoners not as objects, but as human subjects.


5-7pm | 19 Morhpett St

EXHIBITION: JamFactory Icon 2018 Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time | Clare Belfrage (GalleryOne)

JamFactory’s Icon series is an annual solo exhibition celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most influential artists working in craft-based media. Inspired by patterns in nature, glass artist Clare Belfrage’s distinctive glass artworks reflect subtle changes and the progression of time.

ARTIST IN ACTION: Take a seat on the viewing platform within JamFactory’s Glass Studio and watch live glass blowing demonstrations from exhibiting artist Clare Belfrage.

EXHIBITION: An (Un)atural selection | Lesa Farrant (GalleryTwo)

A solo show of works by ceramicist, Lesa Farrant. Using slip cast porcelain’s mimetic qualities Lesa Farrant cretaes delicate specimens of indigenous and introduced plants. Cast from the flotsam and jetsam she collects on her local beach, Port Willunga, these works are a mediation in the Anthopocene.

EXHIBITION: COLLECT: Surface Revisions | Anna Varendorff + Alana Wilson (retail exhibition space)

Responding to an invitation to work collaboratively, sculptors Anna Varendorff and Alana Wilson have combined two materials very different in nature – brass and ceramic – to create a group of pieces that use light as a common focal point.

SHOP: Support local makers by browsing the JamFactory's range of handmade jewellery, glass, ceramics, tableware, textiles and more.

LWDance Hub

5.30-7pm | Lion Arts Courtyard + Fenn Place
6-7pm | Studio, L2 Fowler's Building

ROVING DANCE PERFORMANCE: Sous Terre | Cathy Adamek, Ben Hur Winter, Sofiann Saidi, Fiona Gardner, and Felicity Arts (Alexander Whaite Mitchell & Amanda Phillips)

Sous Terre is a queer, neo-bohemian adventure into underground dance music culture -  a site of playful identity performance. This high-camp dance-theatre evolved as a fusion of ballet, Philippine ethnic dance, Adelaide house-style, breaking and voguing which can erupt spontaneously in the club, the art gallery, the street or the theatre. With the multi-award winning digital artists Felicity Arts, the work explores contemporary voyeurism through new media projections and live VJing. The piece was inspired by Ben and Cathy's 25 year journey through improvised dance in Adelaide's underground dance music scene and the early warehouse parties at the Lion Arts Centre where they first worked together, and now revisit for ART AFTER DARK.

Starting in the JamFactory atrium at 5:30, moving through Lion Arts Courtyard and Fenn Place before returning to the Fowler's Building where Felicity Arts present live visuals in response to the dancers.


5-7pm | North Terrace, adjacent to the Morphett St bridge


MOD.IFY: it’s not what you know, will take you on an immersive and unexpected journey that will challenge what you think you know about what it means to be human. Explore artificial worlds and augmented realities, challenge your perception of pain and injury, be part of stories about space and place and consider what makes us human versus animal or machine.

Provocative, inspiring and sometimes uncomfortable, MOD.IFY showcases research and creative collaborations, interactive exhibits and dynamic programming that invites the curious to explore new ideas at the intersection of art, science and innovation.

5.45-6:15pm | ARTIST TALK: MOD.IFY: Sit Down With... | Sasha Grbich

Explore your world through sound. Sit Down With installation artist Sasha Grbich in a talk about her sound exhibit and tune in to place.


5.30-9pm Lion Arts Centre

EXHIBITION: Dream of Being | Narges Anvar

In Dream of Being, Narges Anvar invites us to lose ourselves a little in her expressive lines and compositions, in the characters she creates  which are all reflections of her inner self.

During her studio residency and mentorship at Nexus Arts, emerging Iranian-Australian artist Narges Anvar has attempted to bring her familiar medium of figurative painting and drawing alive by adopting experimental forms of expression bridging drawing, animation and sculpture.

This exhibition presents such exploratory outcomes, drawn from a deeply personal, aspirational studio project where the artist has reinterpreted her expressive figurative painting and drawing practice through studio experimentation.

6pm | ARTIST TALK: Narges Anvar (artist/studio resident), Louise Haselton (mentor), Fruzsi Kenez (writer)

Nexus Arts invites audiences to participate in an artist talk with Narges, in conversation with her studio residency mentor Louise Haselton and emerging writer Fruzsi Kenez.



7-10pm | Lion Arts Courtyard

TALKS: PechaKucha

FREE ENTRY / gold coin donation welcomed

PechaKucha Nights are informal gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts - just about anything, really. We've invited a range of South Australian artists to present in the PechaKucha 20x20 format for a night of art inspired frivolity. 

This year artists include: Alycia Bennett with Florian Cinco, Gus Clutterbuck, Yusuf Hayat, Jake Holmes, Bernadette Klavins, Thomas Readett, Kelly Reynolds, Jane Skeer, and Min Wong.

5-7pm | ROAMING STREET PARADE: Francois Knoetze's Mongo Suits

Francois Knoetze’s work combines direct commentary to issues of sustainability, use and reuse as approachable and poetic art making. His practice retraces the life cycles of discarded objects and explores junctures between material and social histories. In his Mongo suits, the synthetic is welded to the human – bringing focus to the objectification of persons, through the personification of objects.


Peter Rabbit

Until 11pm | 234-244 Hindley St


5-6pm | 68-72 Gibson St, Bowden

EXHIBITION: 13:12 |  Patty Chehade + Chris Thiel

Adopting film noir devices in their paintings Chehade and Thiel explore deeper concerns about human behaviour and of being in the world.  


5-7pm 55 North Tce, Hawke Building

EXHIBITION: A Conversation with Jheronimus | Aldo Iacobelli

Aldo Iacobelli’s ambitious A Conversation with Jheronimus presents as a fascinating conceptual dialogue between the artist and one of Europe’s great Renaissance masters. Bringing Bosch’s eternal allegory of religion, politics and sin into a contemporary context, this unusual site-specific installation embodies the consistent socio-political thread that runs through Iacobelli’s four decades of distinctive practice.

EXHIBITION: MONTAGES: The Full Cut 1999-2015 | Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg

Montages presents the full suite of eight montage films by artist Tracey Moffatt and editor Gary Hillberg, and spans 16 years of their celebrated collaborative practice. Sourcing footage from Hollywood films, they tap into the humour and pathos of universally shared subjects such as art, revolution, love and destruction. The exhibition is an ode to cinema and cinematic form, offering unprecedented insight into the stereotypes that populate our collective cultural imagination.

LIVE MUSIC: Naomi Keyte

POP UP BAR: Provided by the West Oak Hotel


Corner of Hindley St + Fenn Pl

EXHIBITION: Elyas Alavi + Roberta Rich

Sister presents Elyas Alavi's Naan/Bread and Roberta Rich's Specimen 1278086, recontextualised to engage with the site of the West End precinct, and accompanied by text from Cher Tan.


4.30-6pm | Yungondi Building

EXHIBITION: Pattern and Repetition | Lucia Dohrmann

Lucia Dohrmann’s abstract works explore the possibilities of traditional painting materials through connections between pattern and repetition, textile techniques and mathematics. Her deconstructed and reconstructed canvases explore simple repeated geometric forms, echoing underlying systems of order in nature, economics and aesthetic beauty. A former practising accountant, Dohrmann’s body of work reflects her approach to ‘thinking in numbers.’ University of South Australia Business School exhibition presented in partnership with Guildhouse.

5:15-5:25pm | TALK: Lucia Dohrmann, exhibiting artist and Emma Fey, Chief Executive Officer, Guildhouse.

4:30-5:00 | 5:30-6pm | LIVE MUSIC: Tom Pulford Jazz Combo

Tom Pulford is a gifted multi-instrumentalist most notably known for his work with The Adelaide Sax Pack (recently accompanying Katie Noonan) and The Mike Stewart Big Band. Completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the Elder Conservatorium in 1998, Tom's achievements include winning the Barossa Valley Winemakers' Jazz Scholarship in 2003, enabling him to travel to New York in the following year and study with saxophonists Vincent Herring and Rich Perry.

West Gallery Thebarton

5-7pm | 32 West Thebarton Rd, Thebarton

EXHIBITION: Approaches | 13 South Australian contemporary painters

Approaches aims to present the latest in contemporary painting in South Australia. We asked 13 of the state’s most innovative painters to describe what drives them to paint.

Anton Hart, Brigid Noone, Christian Lock, Greg Donovan, Greg Geraghty, James Dodd, Joe Felber, John Foubister, Jordan King, Loren Orsillo, Margie Sheppard, Suzie Lockery and Tara Rowhani-Farid


 208 Hindley St

Serving food and drinks till late, plus USASA has organised a SALA student exhibition upstairs.


Our SALA Festival edition of ART AFTER DARK West End is supported by the University of South Australia, and the City OF ADELAIDE.