Countercurrents, launch event, 2017_Sia Duff

Thursday 19 October, 5 - 7pm

 ART AFTER DARK | Samstag Museum of Art and participating venues are open late.

All welcome! See details


Thursday 28 September, 5 - 7pm

 ART AFTER DARK | Samstag Museum of Art and participating venues are open late.

All welcome! See details


Friday 22 September, 1 - 2pm

ON ART | Tan Siuli (Singapore)

Floortalk with Tan Siuli, Co-Curator After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art and Curatorial Co-Head, Singapore Art Museum


Thursday 21 September 2017, 5 - 7pm

Exhibition Launch | After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art and Geoff Cobham: Already Elsewhere

Hosted by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art, and Tan Siuli, Co-Head, Curatorial, Singapore Art Museum


Tuesday 22 August 1.30 - 2.30pm

ON ART | Trent Parke (SA) and Narelle Autio (SA) with 
Matthew Bate (SA), hosted by Philippa Hawker (VIC)

The Summation of Force panel discussion with artists Trent Parke and Narelle Autio with Matthew Bate, Director, Closer Productions and hosted by Philippa Hawker, film writer, The Australian

Location: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art 


Extended Open Hours

On the weekend of 19 - 20 August 2017


Saturday 19 August, 11 - 5pm

To coincide with the SALA Forum Day, held at ACE Open in the Lion Arts Centre precinct

South Australia’s top practicing artists lead a day of discussion and debate about the value of visual arts now and in the future.


Sunday 20 August, 9 - 4.30pm

To coincide with the University of South Australia Open Day


Tuesday 15 August, 1.30 - 2.30pm

ON ART | Michelle Nikou (SA) with Kendrah Morgan (VIC)

Artist Michelle Nikou in conversation with Kendrah Morgan, 
Co-curator, Michelle Nikou: a e i o u and Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art


Tuesday 8 August, 1.30 - 2.30pm

ON ART | Nike Savvas (NSW)

Sydney-based artist Nike Savvas on her optically dazzling, installation based art practice.


Thursday 29 June 2017, 5 - 7pm

Exhibition Launch | Trent Parke and Narelle Autio: The Summation of Force and Michelle Nikou: a e i o u

Opened by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art


Tuesday June 6 2017, 1 - 2pm

ON ART | Alaina Claire Feldman (NYC) in conversation with Gillian Brown (SA)

Speaking from New York via Skype, Alaina Claire Feldman, Curator, The Ocean After Nature and Director of Exhibitions, iCI (Independent Curators International) and Gillian Brown, Curator, Samstag Museum of Art discuss the power of narrative and document in environmentally engaged art.


Tuesday 30 May 2017, 1 -2pm

 ON ART | Nici Cumpston (SA)

As part of the Samstag Museum of Art's recognition of Reconciliation Week, artist Nici Cumpston speaks on her artistic practice and the personal and historical stories behind her work in Troubled Waters.


Tuesday 23 May 2017, 1 - 2pm

ON ART | Georgia Wallace-Crabbe (NSW)

Australian film producer and director, Georgia Wallace-Crabbe on her practice and video installation The Earth and the Elements, as seen in Troubled Waters


Tuesday 9 May 2017, 1 - 2pm

ON ART | Richard Kingsford (NSW)

Environmental scientist and Troubled Waters collaborator, Professor Richard Kingsford (NSW) joins us to discuss the long-lasting impact of damming, pollution and climate change and the process of working with artists to present these dilemmas through art. 


Tuesday 2 May, 1 - 2pm

ON ART | Emma Crimmings (VIC)

Assistant Director, Artbank, Emma Crimmings discusses Artbank’s programs, policies and collection, as well as the nature of different public and private collections and collecting principles. 


Thurday 27 April 2017, 5 - 7pm

ON ART | Felicity Fenner (NSW)

Troubled Waters launch event featuring a talk by exhibition curator, Dr. Felicity Fenner, Director, UNSW Galleries


Thursday 2 March 2017, 9 - 10.30am 

Food: A Social and Cultural Practice | Workshop with Countercurrents artist James Tylor (SA)

James Tylor is an Aboriginal – Maori – Anglo photomedia artist. 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, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) Australian ancestry. James’ work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.


Thursday 2 March 2017, 11am - 12.15pm

Countercurrents curator Gillian Brown in conversation with artists Alex Seton (NSW), Angela Tiatia (NSW) and James Tylor (SA)

There is growing interest in a socially engaged art practice as more artists focus their work on making an impact on social issues, and perhaps a desire to move beyond existing definitions of both art and the political.


Thursday 2 March 2017, 1 - 2pm

Alex Seton (NSW) in conversation with Gillian Brown (SA)

The practice of Countercurrents artist Alex Seton incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his beguiling marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. Blankets, hoodies, inflatables and national flags are rendered in stone, invoking a somatic paradox. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now.


Thursday 2 March 2017, 2.15 - 3.30pm

Group Rituals | Workshop with Angela Tiatia (NSW)

Social practice through synchronisation and repetition. Angela Tiatia performs a Sāmoan ‘ava (kava) ceremony which is held at important gatherings followed by experimentation with sound using simple actions as vehicles for individual and collective focus through Sāmoan body percussion techniques.

As a multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. As a multimedia artist, Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Her work has been exhibited in Cologne, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.


Thursday 2 March 2017, 5 - 7pm

Exhibition Launch Countercurrents and The Ocean After Nature

Opened by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art