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2019 Talks + Events


Who holds the power of narration?

Tuesday 26 March, 5.30 — 6.30pm

Gillian Brown, Curator and Joanna Kitto, Associate Curator look at the ways the artists of the Adelaide//International represent histories of migration and the impact of cultural exchange on communities and individuals. They examine the cognitive spaces Brook Andrew, Eugenia Lim, Lisa Reihana, and Ming Wong have created as exhibition makers, and the stories told through their works.


Adelaide//International Film Program

March 2019

Ming Wong: In Love for the Mood is accompanied by a film program at Mercury Cinema. For session times and bookings see


Saturday 2 March 2019, from 10am — 5pm

Adelaide//International Forum

A platform for debate on our changing and ever more connected world, featuring a performance by Eugenia Lim.


Adelaide//International Opening Party

Saturday 2 March 2019, 5pm — 7pm

Following the Forum, the West End comes alive!

Join us for our celebratory party with opening remarks by Adelaide Festival Co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy, music by Hartway, pop-up bar by West Oak Hotel and food by Food Lore Kitchen.


Student Welcome

Wednesday 27 February, 4 — 6pm

Join us for a special preview of the 2019 Adelaide//International and meet the Samstag Museum of Art team.


Saturday 3 March — Sunday 4 March 2018

Adelaide Biennial Vernissage Weekend

The Vernissage Weekend of the Adelaide Biennial is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. Delve into a program of free talks, panel discussions and performances featuring artists and thinkers in Divided Worlds.


Saturday 3 March, 5 — 7pm

Vernissage Party in the West End

A celebration of the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds!

In Fenn Place, artists Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro (NSW) demonstrate their work of art ‘Mondo Futuro’. This work utilises a vintage retro-engineered Mercedes 220S, a car from the mid-1950s, which runs not on petrol or diesel but on a bio fuel derived from a process in which gas is extracted from heated wood.

As SASA Gallery we are celebrating Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy with an opening talk by Joanna Kitto, Curatorial Researcher, Samstag Museum of Art.


4 March — 23 May 2018

Adelaide Cinémathèque: Making Worlds

Inspired by Divided Worlds and the filmic passions of the participating artists, the Media Resource Centre and Mercury Cinema present this special Adelaide Cinémathèque season, Making Worlds.



Wednesday 21 March, 5.30 — 6.30pm

INTERROGATING CURATING: how curatorial intent and presentation affect the reading of artworks and our understanding of contemporary art

Developed for visual arts students and emerging practitioners, this session is presented by Gillian Brown, Curator, and Fulvia Mantelli, Associate Curator, Samstag Museum of Art.

WATCH: ON ART with Gillian Brown and Fulvia Mantelli



Wednesday 16 May, 5.30 — 6.30pm

BRINGING IT TO THE PUBLIC: diverse spaces, concept development and collaborative curatorial processes

Developed for visual arts students and emerging practitioners, this session is presented by Gillian Brown, Curator, and Fulvia Mantelli, Associate Curator, Samstag Museum of Art and Paula Acuin, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila.

WATCH: ON ART with Gillian Brown, Paula Acuin and Fulvia Mantelli



Wednesday 23 May, 5.30 — 6.30pm

EXHIBITION PRESENTATION: nuts and bolts - timelines, installation, exhibition writing, publicity, public programs & budgets

Developed for visual arts students and emerging practitioners, this session is presented by Gillian Brown, Curator, and Fulvia Mantelli, Associate Curator, Samstag Museum of Art.



Thursday 31 May 2018, 5 — 7pm

Vernon Ah Kee: Kaurna Language Ephemeral Public Art Project

Samstag Museum of Art is pleased to present our most recent commission, the Vernon Ah Kee: Kaurna Language Ephemeral Public Art Project on Fenn Place, University of South Australia, City West campus.

READ: Opening remarks by Professor Irene Watson



Wednesday 11 July, Performance: 5.30 — 6pm, Talk: 6  7pm

Alison Currie & The Human Arts Movement: Creatures

Creatures is an exploration of human movement and repetition in response to Aldo Iacobelli’s A Conversation with Jheronimus. Stay following the performance for an in-conversation with choreographer Alison Currie, The Human Arts Movement dancers and artist Aldo Iacobelli.



Saturday 14 July, 1.30 — 2.30pm

Aldo Iacobelli in conversation with Maria Zagala

Maria Zagala is Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia, and she specialises in Italian Renaissance art. Zagala has followed Iacobelli's career for over a decade, with particular interest in the way he draws on European art history in the development of his complex, multi-disciplinary practice.

Open Saturday & Sunday, 9am — 5pm for Adelaide Festival of Ideas



Thursday 9 August, from 5pm

Join us for a special SALA Festival edition of ART AFTER DARK!

Explore Adelaide's West End with exhibitions, live music, artist talks, performances and more.

At Samstag, we will be up late so you can explore our current exhibitions Aldo Iacobelli: A Conversation with Jheronimus and Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg: Montages from 5 — 7pm. Kicking off at 5pm outside the Museum on Fenn Place, Adelaide-based musician Naomi Keyte will be playing a free gig and there will be a pop up bar by the West Oak Hotel!



Tuesday 25 September, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Costuming for Film

Dr Jennifer Gall (NFSA) discusses the role of costume in the creation of film characters. After the talk, audiences are invited to Mercury Cinema for My Brilliant Career from 7pm.

Location: Samstag Museum of Art 


Exhibition Launch

Wednesday 10 October, 5 – 6.30pm

Celebrate Australia's rich contribution to cinema with Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits and The Waiting Room! Opening remarks by film critic Margaret Pomeranz.



Thursday 11 October, 6pm | Saturday 13 October, 4pm

TERROR NULLIUS / Soda_Jerk in conversation with Erica Green



Thursday 11 October, 1 – 2pm

Curators' Tour

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits co-curators Penelope Grist (NPG) & Jennifer Coombes (NFSA) lead a tour of the exhibition with photographer Matt Nettheim.



Saturday 13 October, 12 – 1pm

Scott Hicks in Conversation

Hear from South Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks in conversation with Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits co-curators Penelope Grist (NPG) & Jennifer Coombes (NFSA).



Thursday 18 October, 5.30 – 7pm

The Still Point: Photography of Robert McFarlane
Starstruck & The Waiting Room Discussion

Join us for a screening of Robert McFarlane: The Still Point followed by a discussion with photographer Robert McFarlane alongside filmmakers Molly Reynolds & Rolf de Heer.



Tuesday 30 October, 10 – 11am & Wednesday 31 October, 10 – 11am | 1.30 – 2.30pm

Indigenous Representation on Screen

A guide for students and educators on understanding Aboriginal Histories & Cultures through Australian Film.