Art After Dark West End

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


OctOBER 19
Tarnanthi Festival EDITION



5-7pm | Lion Arts Courtyard

EXHIBITION: Next Matriarch
Curated by Kimberley Moulton and Liz Nowell

Next Matriarch hosts a conversation between seven Aboriginal women who reflect the next wave of Sovereign female voices in Australian contemporary art.

Calling on the strength of women past, present and future, the exhibition presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by leading artists from across Australia.

From Ancestral healing to the dystopia of modern society, the language of pop culture and the Sovereign female body as a carrier of children, resilience and knowledge, these works celebrate solidarity and sisterhood. This is the Next Matriarch.


5-7pm | EXHIBITION OPENING: They Came Like a Tsunami - Sandra Saunders

They Came Like a Tsunami is an exhibition from Ngarrindjeri artist and activist, Sandra Saunders. A champion of Aboriginal rights, she was a vocal leader of the protests over the Hindmarsh Island Bridge. Through her paintings, Saunders communicates historic narratives and continued resistance to colonisation.

ACE Open and Ku Arts are proud to partner in the presentation of work from South Australian Aboriginal Artists at ACE Across project space during TARNANTHI.

5:30-6:15pm | ARTIST TALK: Sandra Saunders and Cara Kirkwood

Join artist Sandra Saunders in conversation with Cara Kirkwood, Project Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia as they discuss Saunders’ exhibition They Came Like a Tsunami.


Both exhibitions supported by TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support of the Government of South Australia.


Adelaide Festival Centre - Dunstan Playhouse Foyer / Space Theatre Foyer

EXHIBITION: Our Mob 2017

Our Mob 2017 is a state-wide exhibition that highlights the diversity and vitality of contemporary art by South Australian Aboriginal artists, living in South Australia.


39 Light Square



80 Hindley St



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

EXHIBITION: Visualising Mental Health Exhibition 2017

Mental ill health is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Psychologists along with other mental health professionals play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of mental ill health. One of the ongoing challenges psychologists face in doing this is communicating important mental health concepts to the wider community. It was this challenge that led Dr Gareth Furber to make contact with matchstudio to discuss how psychologists could collaborate with emerging designers to create engaging and informative mental health education materials for the general public.

Facilitated by Match Studio, this exhibition presents clinical tools and product prototypes designed and developed by UniSA’s Visual Communication students in consultation with practicing psychologists to ‘visualise’ complex mental health concepts.


Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and facilitated by UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design: matchstudio


Reflections of the Artist in Residency program at the Glenside Rural & Remote Inpatient Unit. Engagement with mental health facilities consumers, staff and environment of the Glenside campus, and ongoing collaboration with the University of South Australia’s Mental Health Research team has informed this exhibition. Bringing together academics, health care workers, artists and everyone in between to seek a better understanding of the process of recovery and the contribution of art.

Artists: Jade Harland and Henry Stentiford 


Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Country Health SA Local Health Network


5-7pm | 19 Morhpett St

WORKSHOP: Parndo - Aboriginal football making workshop with artist James Tylor
Cost: $15, bookings essential - through Eventbrite

Parndo is a traditional Kaurna foot ball game from the Adelaide area of South Australia. This game has influenced the contemporary game of Australian rules football. Join artist James Tylor and learn how to make a Parndo football and how to play the game. This is a great opportunity to learn about an unique Aboriginal game.

James’ artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage.

EXHIBITION: Confluence (GalleryOne)

Confluence brings together striking contemporary design in an exhibition that celebrates strong partnerships and collaborative practices. Featuring Nicole Monks’ marlu collection alongside the celebrated works of the Yolngu weavers of Elcho Island with Sydney based design company Koskela.

EXHIBITION: Standing in the Sea - Melaa Thaldin (GalleryTwo)

Artists from MIArts Centre, Mornington Island in collaboration with renowned artist Grace Lilian Lee, present pieces inspired by the strength of being grounded not only to their island home but to the sea and culture.

EXHIBITION: COLLECT: Waringarri Aboriginal Art (Retail Space)

Peggy Griffiths and Jan Griffiths of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in Western Australia present exciting new ceramic works created during and following a residency within JamFactory’s Ceramics Studio alongside their striking paintings.


Supported by TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support of the Government of South Australia.


181 Hindley Street


LWDance Hub

Lion Arts Centre; Fowlers Building



7pm  |  13 Morphett St


The last ever VCR manufacturer ceased production July 2016 which was the final nail in the coffin for the VHS media format. VHS was the leading home video format for almost 3 decades and thousands of home viewers hired tapes from the video store, recorded TV shows to tape, bootlegged films or archived poorly shot home movies. Nowadays VHS holds a nostalgic tone through revisiting old footage or re-purposing old video content to create a new wave of vintage video art.

Capital Waste a local Adelaide-based video artist carries the torch of magnetic tape of yesteryear and through a mixture of analogue and digital manipulations, he brings a fresh vision to VHS. This curated collection of Australian and international VHS video-art and short films shines a light on some of the present day lo-fi tape masters.


Lion Arts Centre



68-72 Gibson St, Bowden



5-7pm 55 North Tce, Hawke Building

EXHIBITION: After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art
Curated by Tan Siuli, Curatorial Co-Head, Singapore Art Museum

The search for Utopia is a ceaseless human endeavour. After Utopia explores how our ideals mirror our innermost yearnings and that gnawing sense that this world and its realities are not enough. Through an exciting partnership with Singapore Art Museum and the OzAsia Festival, Samstag highlights the diverse artistic practices of South East Asia in an exhibition that draws largely from Singapore Art Museum’s permanent collections.

After Utopia features moving image, installation, painting and sculpture by artists Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia); Donna Ong (Singapore); Geraldine Javier (Philippines); Ian Woo (Singapore); Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Thailand); Kawayan de Guia (Philippines); Maryanto (Indonesia); Miti Ruangkritya (Thailand); Shannon Lee Castleman (USA); Svay Sareth (Cambodia) and The Propeller Group (USA and Vietnam).


A Singapore Art Museum exhibition curated by Tan Siuli and Louis Ho, presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 OzAsia Festival.

EXHIBITION: Geoff Cobham: Already Elsewhere

Adelaide-based public artist and lighting designer Geoff Cobham has been experimenting with the colour, intensity, angle and movement of light for the past 35 years. Presented in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival, Already Elsewhere is Cobham's first major gallery commission. His immersive installation will bring together light, sound and movement—three fundamental elements in moving image—to create an environment of technical and sensory surprise.


A Samstag Museum of Art and 2017 Adelaide Film Festival exhibition.


5-7pm | Corner of Hindley St + Fenn Pl

EXHIBITION: Parallels of Latitude
Curated by Professor Jay Younger and Mark Kimber

Parallels of Latitude is a group exhibition of six photographic artists, half from Queensland and half from South Australia. The premise underpinning the exhibition is to explore the role of place in photographic expression through the different legacies of state culture put into play by Dunstan and Bjelke Petersen. Artists: Amy Carkeek, Gretchen Gordon, Mark Kimber, Rosina Possingham, Martin Smith, and Jay Younger.


5-7pm 26 Sixth St, Bowden

EXHIBITION: NÁIRE ORTHU - Ursula Halpin (Gallery 0.1 )

Halpin’s practice spans glass, textiles and sculpture. In her exhibition NÁIRE ORTHU (SHAME ON YOU ALL) Halpin explores how her family traditions of craft have assisted in overcoming generations of inherited trauma and shame applying outcomes to researching the narratives of Irish female migrants to Australia post famine 1848–1855, particularly the women of the Earl Grey Scheme. Using glass material incorporating textiles, in particular Irish lace and Irish crochet-lace, Halpin’s practice looks at developing a new feminist discourse. Through autobiographical narratives Halpin examines how making has assisted in transcending, estrangement, loss of identity and culture as a result of experiencing abjection through historical and contemporary immigration. 


Looking is the end intention of any photograph and looking is loaded with substantial political implications. Through examining the parallel development of photography and the commodification of the body, I have tried to isolate certain devices and abilities of photography that facilitate the imbalance of gendered looking. I have then sought to corrupt, confuse, rearrange and recombine these devices, producing a work that might implicate the viewer in the consequences of their own looking. The Origin of the World, is s series of 10 self-portraits that present my own naked body from the first person perspective, the point from which I can see myself. Using the 3D technologies of anaglyph prints and stereoscope viewers the work demands the act of looking become an action of looking. By forcing a physical actioning in order to look at the work the viewer becomes culpable in that deed. This creates a space from which the opportune spectator can decode the visual structures that have traditionally been used to objectify and idealise the female body, and opens the field of vision to an alternative and lived feminine experience.

EXHIBITION: GET SOME - Georgia Banks (VIC) (Gallery 1 )

‘Get Some’ employs a critical humour to explore the complex relationship between food, sex, and feminism. A playful and coy engagement with gendered food products, such as sausages and meat patties, allows Banks to confront and dissect the casual misogyny of everyday life. ‘Get Some’ questions the role of women in both the contemporary art world and on a whole; one where women have been relegated the role of a piece of meat, a consumable product, a bowl of fruit. 


Lion Arts Centre; Fowlers Building


West Gallery Thebarton

6-8pm | 32 West Thebarton Rd, Thebarton

EXHIBITION: Being and Breath - Christine McCormack and Richard Spoehr

Ceramicist Richard Spoehr and painter Christine McCormack continue to explore a dialogue that is the foundation of their long-standing friendship. They both seek ways to describe their responses to the changing nature of human experience, but where Richard’s ceramic vessels evoke a sense of quiet reflection, Christine’s paintings and drawings are at times confronting and unsettling.