Welcome to the Samstag Museum of Art

One of Australia's leading university art museums, the Samstag Museum of Art aims to stimulate, challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative exhibitions, publications and associated public activities.

The Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today. 



Now Showing | LAST DAYS

Saturday 3 March — Sunday 3 June 2018

2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds

Titled Divided Worlds, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial presents an allegory of human society, one that meditates on the drama of the cosmos and evolution; on the past and the future; and on beauty and the environment. See details.


Listen: Erica Green in conversation with NAVA

Public Programs

Adelaide Cinémathèque: Making Worlds

La Belle Et La Bete

Monday 21 May, 7pm

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, 4 March — 23 May 2018. See details.

Location: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide


ON ART: Discussion

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. See details.


ON ART: Event

Vernon Ah Kee: Kaurna Language Ephemeral Public Art Project

Thursday 31 May 2018, 5 — 7pm

Join us as we celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a bold new public art project by Brisbane-based artist Vernon Ah Kee. Opening remarks by Dr. Lewis O’Brien, Professor Irene Watson and Vernon Ah Kee. See details.


ON ART: Performance

Alison Currie & the Human Arts Movement: Creatures

Wednesday 11 July, 5pm — 7pm

Performance in response to A Conversation with Jheronimus followed by an in-conversation with Aldo Iacobelli, Alison Currie & the Human Arts Movement. See details.

Samstag Scholarships


A once-in-a-lifetime international study opportunity is available to successful applicants of the University of South Australia's Samstag Scholarship, including institutional fees for one academic year, a tax-exempt stipend of US $48,000, return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance.

Applications are NOW OPEN, closing midnight 30 June 2018.

Interested artists are invited to visit Samstag Scholarships.