Art After Dark West End

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


September 28
OzAsia Festival EDITION



5-7pm | Lion Arts Courtyard

EXHIBITION: This Woman is Not a Car -  Margaret Dodd

ACE Open is delighted to present This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd, featuring the internationally acclaimed series of ceramic Holden cars from 1977 by local artist Margaret Dodd, together with her 1982 film of the same name. This is the first time the ceramics and film have been shown together in Adelaide since 1993.

The exhibition, curated by Susan Charlton, comes fresh from its Sydney launch, which coincided with the screening of This Woman is Not a Car at Sydney Film Festival as part of the Feminism & Film program by Australian women filmmakers from the 1970s and 80s.

Dodd’s audacious film and ‘Funk Ceramic’ Holdens explore the feminine and the maternal; fantasy, humour and the erotic: masculinity, fetishism and violence. Once seen, the works cannot be forgotten, leaving an imprint in the brain where indelible memory resides.

This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd also includes pieces from her more recent series, Chosen Vessel (2008) and Holden Hypotheses (2014), as well as prints, props and archival material from the film shoot in Adelaide in the seventies.

EXHIBITION: Girls -  Kate Blackmore

Step into the world of four fourteen-year-old girls with Kate Blackmore’s intimate and insightful video work, Girls (2014). Originally commissioned by Campbelltown Art Centre, Girls sees Blackmore collaborate with a group growing up in Claymore, a public housing estate in Sydney’s South West.

In a research paper published by Griffith University, Claymore is described as “the most disadvantaged community in Australia” due to its high rates of crime, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and intergenerational welfare dependency.

Through interviews and observations, Blackmore exposes the specific attitudes and behaviours the girls have developed as a way of surviving within their stigmatised community. Rather than presenting them as victims of the welfare state, Blackmore attempts to capture the significance of this moment in their young lives in which they hold the power to break the cycle or continue it.


Adelaide Festival Centre - Dunstan Playhouse Foyer / Space Theatre Foyer

EXHIBITION: Shifting Permanence; Chinese Performance Art

The Chengdu Blue Roof Museum is one of the most outstanding centres for contemporary art in China. Founded in 2003, the museum has grown into a commune for contemporary artists and has accumulated one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in China.

This selection of work from Chengdu Blue Roof Museum reveals how contemporary artists are engaging with the rapidly changing Chinese landscape through performance art, installation, photography and video art.

Please be advised that there is no stair-free access to the Artspace Gallery.


5-7pm 39 Light Square

EXHIBITION: I like you; your eyes are full of language
Nic Brown, Zoe Freney, Lara Merrington, Sophia Nuske, Alice Potter, Lucy Potter, and Talia Wignall

An exhibition about the importance of language, expressly the important of words for communication, as a powerful tool in shaping the things we value.


80 Hindley St



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

EXHIBITION: Chinese Typographic Poster Design; Playing a Character -  Li Xu

Travelling through time and space, the ‘character’ plays a vital role in the dissemination of information and exchange of ideas. This exhibition by Associate Professor Li Xu from the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, is a poster exploration of Chinese characters. It presents a Chinese approach in the use of typography, developed to facilitate understanding of Chinese culture and inspire new typographic approaches through the poster medium.

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


5-7pm | 19 Morhpett St

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.

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.

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.

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.

5-7pm | WORKSHOP: Sew Fresh - Lilly Buttrose (JamFactory Retail Space) FREE

Come and make with JamFactory's resident textile artist Lilly Buttrose to learn the basics of simple embroidery stitches. Grab a swatch, create your own design and sew shapes on fabric that you can take home.
This contemporary style workshop will reinvigorate your taste for needlework.

No bookings required. Free!


181 Hindley Street


LWDance Hub

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




7pm  |  13 Morphett St

FILM SCREENING: Please Do Not Disturb (2010)
d by Mohsen Abdolvahab

This blackly humorous collection contains three stories from Tehran. The host of a religious game show is terrified of his wife reporting that he has beaten her; a clergyman who has just moved from the countryside has his wallet and phone stolen; and an elderly couple lead a claustrophobic existence, afraid to even open the door for the television repairman.

Iran, 80min.


Lion Arts Centre

5-7pm  EXHIBITION: A place never been seen is not a place - Doris Wong Wai Yin (Hong Kong)

Immersive, poetic and sublime, the seemingly everyday objects in Doris Wong’s first Australian exhibition appear familiar at first and then slowly unravel to reveal a contemplative space where the line between art, installation and intimate performance melds together.

Take your time to experience this dreamlike installation that will invoke memories from the past while discovering secret moments hidden within the artwork.

Doris Wong’s practice is a persistent enquiry into what constitutes as art.


Until 6pm | 68-72 Gibson St, Bowden

EXHIBITION: I'm a Feminist But...
curated by Eleanor Schiccitano

Deborah Prior (SA) Amanda Radomi (SA) Olivia White (SA) Meg Wilson (SA) Alex Pye (NSW) Jacqueline Bradley (ACT) and Chantal Henley (QLD).

5-6pm | TALKS:  By Eleanor Scicchitano

Curator Eleanor Scicchitano has brought together seven women to explore the challenges and hypocrisies of being a twenty-first century feminist. As part of the inaugural FRAN Festival 2017, this exhibition presented a multitude of female voices attempting to reconcile their desires and needs. Please join us as Scicchitano dissects the driving forces behind Deborah Prior's art. 


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.


Corner of Hindley St + Fenn Pl



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: Eight Victorian Printmakers

West Gallery Thebarton is excited to present eight well known Victorian printmakers, most of whom will be exhibiting in South Australia for the first time.

Artists: Dean Bowen, Rona Green, Bill Hay, Kyoko Imazu, Deborah Klein, John Ryrie, Heather Shimmen, and Deborah Williams.