Art After Dark West End

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


August 10



5-9pm | Lion Arts Courtyard

EXHIBITION: Domestic Arts - Sera Waters

Unravel the complex histories and traditions of home-making in Sera Waters’ Domestic Arts. Commissioned by ACE Open, the celebrated South Australian artist continues her investigation into the contemporary significance of traditional home-crafts.

In this new body of work, Waters reaches into her own family history to interrogate the ongoing legacies of colonial home-making. Through a re-imagined familial home, Waters’ intricate embroideries and large-scale sculptures celebrate the knowledge and creativity of ‘women’s work’; while also revealing their complicity with forms of colonisation and privilege.


5-9pm | EXHIBITION: Deep Time Derby – ACAB Collective

ACAB collective (VIC) return to Adelaide with their new installation Deep Time Derby, inviting audiences to move matter, pushing and pulling bags lighter than air as they traverse new landscapes of light, sound and space.

ACE Open Front Room


6-7pm | Zine Workshop with George Rex

7.30-8.30pm | Creative Women of Colour: a panel discussion hosted by Sose Fuamoli (The AU Review) featuring visual artist Aida Azin, writer Cher Tan and more to be announced.

Fuamoli will lead a conversation between these inspiring women addressing the difficulties of being isolated in a supposedly inclusive area, as well as the activism and strength required to be a woman of colour in a creative field.


Adelaide Festival Centre - Dunstan Playhouse Foyer / Space Theatre Foyer

EXHIBITION: Art by Prisoners 

Selected works created within South Australia’s adult prisons

This exhibition features selected works created within South Australia’s adult prisons. Vote for your favourite artwork and leave comments to be sent to participants.

This is the fifth year the exhibition has been held at Festival Centre as Part of SALA Festival.


An Adelaide Central School of Art graduate, Skeer is heavily involved in the South Australia’s arts community and has been exhibiting across Australia since she graduated with Honours in 2015.

Working predominantly in sculpture and installation with found objects and repurposed materials, Skeer is known for her playful works that engage all the senses; activating these objects in some way that respects their unique material qualities, prompting us to rethink our relationship with them.


5-7pm 39 Light Square

EXHIBITION: She Collects The Beautiful / Turbulent Nature

A solo exhibition by Chris de Rosa, the winner of the 2017 Breaking Ground Visual Arts Professional Development award, presented by Country Arts SA.

Based in Port Elliot, Chris de Rosa’s work is informed by the ocean and shoreline of her local environment.


80 Hindley St



6-11:30pm | Lion Arts Centre


Zombie Queen’s ZINE SWAP 6 will take over Fowler’s Live and ACE Open, with a hoard of 60 seasoned and freshly squeezed zine-makers ready to bring you over to the dark side of the DIY art scene.

How does it work? Collect all that small change between the couch cushions, come grab yourself a beer and have a chat to with the zinesters. Like what you see? Most things are $10 or less. 


From 6pm  |  232 Waymouth Street Adelaide


An exhibition of playful glass pieces, by four contemporary South Australian glass artists: Verity Burley, Bastien Thomas, Billy James Crellin and Eva Nováková.

For the first time these artists are fusing their individual styles of transience, protection, passion and neon light into one installation.


5-7pm  |  55 North Tce - Hawke Building (level 3)


Fly Away is an interdisciplinary exhibition, with Adelaide based artist and poet Elyas Alavi facilitating a series of workshops with 7 emerging Afghan artists who are studying visual arts at the University of South Australia.  Artists will create works inspired by the themes of this project which include identity, connection, memory and refugee experience.

This exhibition aims to promote diversity and the value of the arts to the Afghan community, whilst also recognising the value and power of artistic expression through the art work on display.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and NEXUS Arts

EXHIBITION: To Tell Another’s Story
Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition 2017

ARA's fourth annual portrait exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. It honours the thousands of refugees they walk alongside each year as they face the challenges and joys of building a new life in South Australia.

The exhibition encapsulates themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.


5-7pm | 19 Morhpett St

EXHIBITION:  SA Icon: Catherine Truman - No Surface Holds (GalleryOne)
5:30pm ARTIST TALK: Catherine Trumandiscusses her work exhibited No Surface Holds

Proving herself to be one of South Australia’s leading contemporary artists and jewellers, Catherine Truman has been selected as this year’s 2017 JamFactory ICON. With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to finite carvings, ‘jeweller’ as Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds will be the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is exhibited as a whole. Truman will present an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works spanning the 20 years of her research at the nexus of art and science.

EXHIBITION: A Grey Mirror - Alex Valero (GalleryTwo)

Winner of the emerging category of the JamFactory inaugural FUSE glass prize in 2016 with GRAVE (INFRA & ULTRA), Alex Valero presents his first ever solo show of work in GalleryTwo. Through his first encounters with glassblowing in his studies at the University of South Australia, Valero became fascinated by the material and the challenge of working with it. Completing his visual arts degree with a specialisation in glass he went on to become an associate of the training program at JamFactory in 2015, where he was immersed in the world of studio glass, learning traditional craft skills and working as part of a production team. Valero’s practice is known for its strong conceptual drive whilst technically, he is inspired by science and aims to expand the sculptural possibilities of the material, pushing and combining traditional techniques in unconventional ways.


This collect exhibition sees 8 contemporary jewellers both emerging and established explore the use of gems in their work. Each artist has responded to the brief in their own way resulting in a varied and surprising outcome, that highlights the beauty and uniqueness of these natural wonders.

Featuring Zoe Grigoris, Kate Sutherland, Regine Schwarzer, Courtney Jackson, Sylvia Nevistic, Suzi Zutic, Melanie Katsalidis, Anna Varendorff.


181 Hindley Street


LWDance Hub

5:30-6:30pm   Lion Arts Centre; Fowlers Building

DANCE:  Open Rehearsal

You are invited to attend an open rehearsal of a work by our Artist in Residence, Ruby Dolman.

Dolman completed her full time dance training at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2014 and received the Arts Excellence Award for outstanding all round achievement as well as being named outstanding cast member in her graduation show by Alan Brissenden. She spent six months dancing and travelling in 2016 after a successful P&D Grant from Carclew.


7pm  |  13 Morphett St


A psychological thriller written and directed by Michael Haneke, starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet. (2007)


Lion Arts Centre


“Fly Away” is an interdisciplinary exhibition by 8 Afghan-Australian new and emerging artists to be showcased at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and Nexus Arts. From June to December 2017 young artists from the Afghan community in South Australia will come together to build connections with one another and their community through group workshops, focused on the common themes of identity and connection. Outcomes will include significant professional development of both the emerging artists and Elyas Alavi as curator. This project is supported by Afghan Youth of South Australia, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and Nexus Arts.

7-9pm | NEXUS LIVE
TALKS: Pecha Kucha SALA artist talks

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. Artists include: Anna Horne, Carly Snoswell, Honor Freeman, Gerry Wedd, Kate Bohunnis, Matt Huppatz, Mia van den Bos, Vicki Reynolds plus more to be announced.


Until 6pm | 68-72 Gibson St, Bowden

EXHIBITION: [sic] Rose

Margaret Ambridge, Aida Azin, Silvana Angelakis, Liz Butler, Patty Chehade, Sarina Diakos, Lisa Losada, Jessie Lumb, Marijana Tadic, Chris Thiel, Karlien Van Rooyen.

Presented as part of FRAN Festival


5-7pm 55 North Tce, Hawke Building

EXHIBITION: The Summation of Force - Trent Parke and Narelle Autio

In their creative collaboration, The Summation of Force, Parke and Autio turn their gaze to the possibilities of filmic narrative, and look to family and sport for subject material.

A multi-channel video work that pitches competitive sport and the mythical power of cricket as a metaphor for life and parenthood, The Summation of Force is no less than a Lynchian suburban dreamscape. It is a paean to collective dreams, youthful determination and the bonds that sporting ambition can create both within families and nations.   

EXHIBITION: Michelle Nikou: a e i o u

In this exhibition of new and recent work, Adelaide-based Samstag Scholar and University of South Australia alumnus Michelle Nikou draws on surrealism to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour, poignancy and marvel. Her work intentionally blurs and extends the boundaries between fine art and craft, utilising chance, psychological metaphor and juxtaposition to inventively mingle high and low art sources and cultural references with deadpan wit.


5-7pm Corner of Hindley St + Fenn Pl

EXHIBITION:  Transfiguring the terrain: variation through serial iteration - Andrea Przygonski

As a printmaker, Andrea Przygonski has a particular interest in extending contemporary print practice beyond its traditional material and spatial syntax. Her research examines cross-media serial iteration as a creative strategy in the context of her experiences while living in Chicago USA during 2012-2013.


26 Sixth St, Bowden



Lion Arts Centre; Fowlers Building


West Gallery Thebarton

6-8pm | 32 West Thebarton Rd, Thebarton

EXHIBITION: Monumental

10 South Australian printmakers respond to the theme of monumental.

Silvana Angelakis, Aleksandra Antic, Christobel Kelly, Suzie Lockery, Lloma Mackenzie, Andrea Przygonski, Olga Sankey, Joshua Searson, Sandra Starkey Simon, Margie Sheppard and Victorian guest artist Joel Gailer.