2018 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.

Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity
5 February - 23 March

Showcasing the artwork and artistic talent of East and West African street and visual artists, Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity will be returning to the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in 2018. Visiting Kenyan street artist Swift9, will once again paint a mural direct onto the gallery wall.

This exhibition gives a voice to African artists who are working on political, cultural and socially engaged street and visual art. Sanaa will not only aesthetically please, it will challenge. 

The public are invited to hear from the artists, when they
participate in an artist talk:

Wednesday 7 March, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

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

Food, Space and Place
28 March - 24 April

Food preparation and consumption is a communal practice enacted across a range of different spaces. Food can also invoke a strong sense of place, from the nurturing warmth of a home-cooked meal to the dazzling array of flavours and spices offered via food trucks. This exhibition, presented by UniSA’s School of Creative Industries and our partners, explores these ideas of food, space and place through photography, stories, artefacts and film. 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the School of Creative Industries, UniSA

South Pacific Islander and Australian Reflections on 'Blackbirding'
30 April - 18 May

This exhibition reflects on the 19th Century ‘labour traffic’ (called ‘blackbirding’) of South Pacific Islanders by colonial powers to the plantations in Australian, Fiji, Samoa, and Peru. Approximately 60,000 were brought to Queensland, often by deception or force, and the death rate was about 25%.  Many of the artworks & historical materials in this exhibition were first exhibited in Queensland (2013) and then in Fiji (2014) and Vanuatu (2015). 

The exhibition will highlight and reflect on the contributions Island workers made to the economy and infrastructure, as well as the experiences of descendants of those who remained (known as Australian South Sea Islanders). In addition, the exhibition reflects on the experiences of descendants of Australian Aboriginals taken back to the Islands, and of seasonal Island workers in Australia today.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, The Pacific Islands Council of South Australia and Helen Stacey with Dr David Bunton

Standing Up, Standing Out
28 May - 13 June

Standing Up, Standing Out

Standing Up, Standing Out showcases the work of Tutti Artists and photographer Emmaline Zanelli, curated by Ellen Schlobohm, Visual Arts Team Leader at Tutti. The artworks are the result of a series of turban workshops, facilitated by portrait artist Daniel Connell with members of Tutti Visual Arts and Adelaide's Sikh community.

Tutti Artists have created turban works inspired by the Sikh themes of honesty, compassion, gratefulness, hard work and sharing, along with their own life experiences.

Standing Up, Standing Out  is co-presented and exhibited at both the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building, 28 May to 13 June and Nexus Arts Gallery, Lion Arts Centre, 31 May to 13 July.

Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Nexus Arts and Tutti Arts

SA Refugee Week 2018 Youth Poster Awards Exhibition
18 June - 10 July

This 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, and contribute to the Australian "family".

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Migrant Resource Centre

Art by Prisoners
6 August - 31 August

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.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre as part of SALA

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



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