2017 Exhibitions

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and Thursdays until 7pm, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.


Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank
10 April - 10 May

The exhibition details the life story of Anne Frank from her birth in Frankfurt in 1929 to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

The exhibition connects the personal story of the Frank family with the important historical events of that time: the rise of the national socialists, the isolation and discrimination of the Jewish population, eventually escalating in the Holocaust. 

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Copyright: Photo collection of the Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam


Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.  

Posters Empowering Community: A Historical Snapshot of SA Poster Artmaking 
15 - 31 May 

Social and political posters from 1970s–1990s are featured in an exhibition displaying a historical snapshot of SA’s Community Media Association (Co-Media) and Community Arts Network (CAN). Transport yourself to an era before digital social media when posters were used as a political tool to communicate the community’s social conscience. 

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Graham F Smith Peace Foundation

2017 SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Exhibition
5 – 28 June

The exhibition is part of a growing visual dialogue describing multiculturalism, anti-racism and human rights, and celebrating cultural diversity. Students from primary to tertiary level have created posters that celebrate the UN International Refugee Convention by communicating how refugees are welcomed, become part of, or contribute to the Australian "family".

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design

3 – 26 July

Nikki C Creation StoryEveryone has a story, everything has a story and everywhere, every place has a story. Each and every story is unique to that person, object, time and place; yet somehow they are all linked. We may all have different stories but through time and space we are connected, we share similar experiences, have comparable goals and ambitions in our lives and connect in a myriad of ways. Objects tell their own story, whether bought new or second hand or inherited they absorb our energy and tell their own story as well as reflecting our personality.

Place is significant for many reasons, it may be where we were conceived or born or grew up, it may have historical value perhaps a massacre or war was fought on it. It may be a sacred place to Aboriginal people or house a unique and endangered species such as the Platypus.  All land is a sacred living entity that needs to be respected, revered and protected. Its stories need to be told just like ours do as it is cathartic for us to share and educational for others to receive. Stories are the corner stone of our culture, they are Us, our “Country”, our past, present and future.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

Fly Away
2 – 30 August

‘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 values of 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

Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition 2017
2 – 30 August

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.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association

'til Death
4 – 13 September

Dying is a universal truth, an objective reality, it belongs to us all; it is as certain as the death of a cut flower. This exhibition looks at the frailty of life, its poignancy, disturbing beauty and inevitabilities.  Flowers that enter hospice travel parallel paths with those to whom they belong. They are allegories for emotions so often hidden, but universally understood, and for the process of change that dying is.

As practitioners in this most intimate of settings we are privy to glimpses through unguarded doors, or down long hospital corridors, of raw emotion, quiet despair and immeasurable strength. Momentary visions that once seen, are impossible to forget. As carers, and the cared for, we are deeply connected. 

This exhibition seeks to avoid the constraints of language and connect directly with emotion, establishing a space for conversation for everyone travelling this path.

A path we will all eventually tread.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Palliative Care Australia

Li Xu – Chinese Typographic Poster Design
Playing a Character
18 – 29 September

Li Xu Sunshine HomeTravelling 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

Visualising Mental Health
5 – 27 October

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.

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

The Power of Illustration: A Legacy for the Future
1 November – 1 December

This exhibition celebrates the contribution and legacy of UniSA alumni and staff to the practice of Illustration.

Spanning forty years, it documents the diverse impact of their work to innovation, culture and commerce - demonstrating the connect between illustration teaching and practice on a national and international scale.

In 2018, UniSA will launch Australia's first Illustration and Animation degree programme, building on the expertise and knowledge of its legacy

Illustrator: Nahum Ziersch

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and UniSA Alumni

2017 Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition
from 6 December

The Master of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Industrial Design, International Industrial Design Exhibition showcases the creative talent of UniSA's Industrial Design students. The work featured includes innovative practice-based design investigations and collaborative design projects with industry partners.

The exhibition is highly regarded in the sector, creating employment opportunities for students.

Presented with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA

2017 Past Exhibitions

SANAA:A Better World Through Creativity
6 February - 29 March

Showcasing East Africa's artistic talent, five international Kenyan artists known for pushing boundaries recently visited South Australia to exhibit their artwork as part of SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity. 

This artwork gives a voice to minority groups who are working on political, cultural and socially engaged street art - expressing themes such as rising racial tension, increasingly complex global politics and border control.

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. This is an Adelaide Fringe Event

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre reserves the right to change this exhibition program at any time without notice.


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