Exhibitions

The Architecture Museum mounts changing displays both in its dedicated display areas and in galleries in Adelaide and the metropolitan area.

On Paper
Unbuilt works from the Architecture Museum

Russell S. Ellis C. Alec Russell

Foyer Gallery, Level 3, Kaurna Building, Fenn Place, University of South Australia, City West Campus
Open 13 October - 6 November 2015, 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

An Exhibition of unbuilt works for South Australia from the twentieth century including urban schemes, buildings, unsuccessful competition entries, student drawings and sketches.

‘On Paper’ will feature unbuilt works by architects, planners, and students throughout the twentieth century. From schemes for Victoria Square and a subway under King William Street, to plans for Monarto and office buildings never completed, this exhibition is roll call of ideas which never got further than the drawing board.

Celebrating 10 years in the Kaurna Building, the Architecture Museum is a unique repository of more than 200,000 items significant to South Australia's architectural history. A research facility open to the public, the Architecture Museum collection includes architectural drawings, practice records, personal papers, photos, slides, books and periodicals.

Image: Russell S. Ellis, South Australian Centenary Memorial Competition, Glenelg, 1936 (left)
C. Alec Russell, drawn by W.D. Ryan, Proposed Brighton Hotel, Brighton, 1939 (right)

Iconic Australian Houses: An exhibition by Karen McCartney

1 May - 4 July 2015
Gallery One, Jam Factory, Adelaide

This exhibition explores the emergence of distinctive home design in modern Australia and its role in the formation of an Australian lifestyle and culture. A behind-the-scenes exploration of 29 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Beginning in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminating in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters.

Iconic Australian Houses is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

At Home - South Australian Iconic Houses

1 May - 4 July 2015
Gallery One, Jam Factory, Adelaide

A selection of six South Australian iconic houses curated by Karen Paris in association with the Architecture Museum, University of South Australia. Houses featured are the McConnell Residence (Jack McConnell), Walkley Residence (Robin Boyd), Dickson Residence (Robert Dickson), Nairn Residence (Geof Nairn), Gulf View House (Nick Tridente) and the Pritchard House (Max Pritchard).

Walkley House by Robin BoydIconic Australian Houses Symposium

Saturday 2 May 2015, 2pm - 5pm
Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, University of South Australia

An exploration of designing, living in and protecting South Australian iconic houses. Speakers include: Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Karen McCartney, Katrina McDougall, Alison O’Loughlin, Brian Parkes, Max Pritchard and Phillips/Pilkington.

Image: Walkley House by Robin Boyd

Living Sites of Mourning:

Living Sites of Mourning: Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens in South Australia

Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley
26 April – 22 September 2015
Mon – Wed 10am - 4pm, Sun 1.30 – 4.30pm

Living Sites of Mourning: Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens in South Australia Memorial gardens, or gardens of honour, were established in SA around WWI to acknowledge the sacrifice of local citizens in the ‘war to end all wars.’ One of the earliest was at Victor Harbor. Unley’s Soldiers Memorial Garden opened after a community fundraising effort purchased the land and constructed a rotunda and gardens. The exhibition includes examples of a selection of metropolitan and country memorial gardens.

An About Time History Festival 2015 event
Co-sponsored by the Unley Museum and the Architecture Museum

Image: Victor Harbor Soldiers’ Memorial Garden by Charles Reade


Cultivating modernism: French garden style of the 1920s and 1930sCultivating Modernism exhibition

17 February – 31 March 2014
Architecture Museum, Kaurna building, City West campus

The Architecture Museum hosted an exhibition drawing on rare art deco prints and publication of French exhibitions. Cultivating modernism: French garden style of the 1920s and 1930s provided a rich coverage of Cubist and other decorative approaches to garden design. 

Cultivating modernism: reading the modern garden 1917-71

17 February – 31 March 2014
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building, City West campus

A vital journey into our recent past.

Cultivating Modernism comes alive at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery through a kaleidoscopic mix from rarely seen books, prints, and ephemera charting garden making during a turbulent period from pre-war European functionalism to a more relaxed post-war Californian modern.

Cultivating Modernism is an Australian Garden History Society touring exhibition

Exhibition partners: the Hawke Centre UniSA, Architecture Museum at UniSA, The University of Melbourne Library, and National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Project partners and supporters: Melbourne University Publishing, The University of South Australia Library, Heritage Council Victoria, and the Art Deco and Modernism Society


Build me a city

An exploration of the archives of the Architecture Museum by seven artists.

Open from 9 November 2012 – 8 December 2012
Australian Experimental Arts Foundation, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, [West End], Adelaide

Build me a city

This exhibition resulted from collaboration between the Architecture Museum and the Australian Experimental Arts Foundation, with curator Vivonne Thwaites, writer Ruth Fazakerley, and artists Jacobus Capone, Kirsten Coelho, Nici Cumpston, Nicholas Folland, Lily Hibberd, Sandra Selig and Sera Waters. The artists’ works are a reflection of time spent in the archives of the Architecture Museum examining items as diverse as blueprints, drafting tools, nineteenth century books and black and white photographs, inspiring them to create new work as varied as the items they examined. The exhibition was supported by Arts SA.


Bungalows & Beyond

Open from May 2012 - August 2012
Unley Museum - 80 Edmond Avenue - Unley

Bungalows & BeyondThis collaborative exhibition between Unley Museum and the Architecture Museum, UniSA, explores Unley Park's twentieth century architect-designed houses through drawings and photographs. Curated by Bridget Jolly, Department of Environment and Natural Resources 2010-11 South Australian Built Heritage Research Fellow at the Architecture Museum, UniSA and supported by UniSA's Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Divisional Research Performance Fund. Bookings required for groups only.


Designing for Communities: The civic architecture of Russell & Yelland Architects

Open from Tuesday 4 October - Wednesday 2 November 2011
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia

Russell & Yelland Architects is a South Australian firm established in 1939 by Charles Alexander (Alec) Russell and Keith Mills Yelland. It has a long history of working in metropolitan and country South Australia as well as in parts of regional New South Wales and Victoria, and on projects across a variety of sectors. The exhibition focused on the practice's civic architecture and on the ways in which it worked closely with local people to design facilities that met their needs and budgets. The exhibition drew on the substantial collection of Russell & Yelland drawings held in the Architecture Museum at UniSA and on items from Russell & Yelland's own archives.  Russell & Yelland Architects is a South Australian firm established in 1939 by Charles Alexander (Alec) Russell and Keith Mills Yelland. It has a long history of working in metropolitan and country South Australia as well as in parts of regional New South Wales and Victoria, and on projects across a variety of sectors. The exhibition focused on the practice's civic architecture and on the ways in which it worked closely with local people to design facilities that met their needs and budgets. The exhibition drew on the substantial collection of Russell & Yelland drawings held in the Architecture Museum at UniSA and on items from Russell & Yelland's own archives.  

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Suburban Dreams: house and home in Adelaide 1945-1965

The Timber Pavilion at the 1956 Australian Architectural Convention Exhibition held in Botanic Park Adelaide, courtesy Architecture Museum, University of South Australia Open from July 2010 - March 2011
Migration Museum,  Kintore Avenue,  Adelaide

The 'Great Australian Dream', was the focus of an exhibition developed as a partnership by History SA and the Architecture Museum, UniSA. Co-curated by Julie Collins and Mandy Paul, Suburban Dreams: house and home in Adelaide 1945-1965 explored how the shape of Adelaide was transformed by the hopes and dreams of ordinary South Australians in the postwar period.

The dream of a home was a powerful force in the decades after the Second World War, as many South Australians made new lives, new families and new communities. In the austere 1940s housing was hard to come by, and demand was soon fuelled by the baby boom and immigration. Shortages led to new design and construction methods as people struggled to make do. By the mid-1950s hardship was giving way to prosperity, and dreams changed as people took on new ideas about houses and how to live in them.

This exhibition included original objects, architectural plans and drawings and specially-commissioned models which showed different housing styles of the period. It also featured stories about particularly South Australian approaches to providing housing, including the South Australian Home Builders' Club and the SA Housing Trust. Suburban Dreams explored the architecture and design of the postwar period, including the stylish 1950s, and looks at South Australian society in a period of rapid change.

Read more about History SA.


Architecture without Paper

 Rosey Boehm Photography

Open from 27 April 2010- 27 May 2010
Launch: 6 May 2010

In November 2009, the Spanish Embassy, Canberra, invited the UniSA Architecture Museum to host the international exhibition, 'Architecture without Paper', in 2010.  The invitation arose because of the Museum's membership of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums.  'Architecture without Paper' was first shown at the Venice Biennale 2008 and features built works as well as paperless concepts. 

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery

 


 Reform, Fitness and Fun

Plan for a proposed Children's playground West Terrace, Adelaide by Charles C Reade 1917, Development of Towns and Cities in South Australia, 1919, Book collection11 March - 23 April 2009

The places provided for children reflect society's attitudes towards them. Reform, Fitness and Fun is an exhibition exploring the intersection of child development and play theories with the design of public playgrounds in South Australia. It draws on historical resources and sites from across the state and overseas, and on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of child development and play specialists, historians, architects, and landscape architects.

Image: Plan for a proposed Children's playground West Terrace, Adelaide by Charles C Reade 1917, Development of Towns and Cities in South Australia, 1919, Book collection


Architectural preludes: 100 years of student drawings

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Architecture and Design Education in South Australia
26 September - 6 October 2006

This exhibition showed the Architecture Museum's holdings of student work and marked the centenary of the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design (now the School of Art, Architecture and Design).

Architectural Preludes: One Hundred Years of Student DrawingsArchitectural preludes: one hundred years of student drawing examined shifts in the theoretical approaches to design education from the days of the School of Mines through to the present. It focused on measured and design drawings influenced by Beaux-Arts, modernist and postmodernist thought as well as the broader context of the times in which they were produced.

The exhibition evolved from research undertaken by the School's PhD candidate Susan Collins for her thesis 'Traces that remain: the contextual significance of historical architectural drawings'. Drawings in the exhibition were selected from Architecture Museum collections. Collections Manager Julie Collins and Susan Collins curated the exhibition and prepared an essay for the accompanying catalogue.


Unwrapped

'Unwrapped' exhibition imageThe inaugural major exhibition Unwrapped, an expose of the Architecture Museum's holdings, coincided with its official opening in the SASA Gallery, Kaurna Building, City West campus, on 24-27 May 2005.

 

Build me a city

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