Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]

Adelaide//International announced

30 October 2018

Announced today, the Adelaide//International is a new series of exhibitions for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Adelaide Festivals, each comprising works by artists from Australia and overseas, along with associated forum programs.

In 2019, two Australian artists — Brook Andrew and Eugenia Lim — and two international — Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and Ming Wong (Singapore) — will be featured in an exhibition exploring histories of migration, the impact of cultural exchange on communities and individuals, and questions of who holds the power of narration.

READ: Media Release


The Waiting Room essay published

10 October 2018

Published today, Adelaide-based writer Anna Zagala responds to Molly Reynolds & Rolf de Heer: The Waiting Room. In Planetary Theatre, photographer Robert McFarlane provides an introduction to this exciting new moving image installation.

READ: Sight seeing by Anna Zagala, with an introduction by Robert McFarlane


2019 Samstag Scholars announced

The University of South Australia is delighted to announce Elyas Alavi (SA) and Georgia Saxelby (NSW) as the recipients of the 2019 Samstag Scholarships. Alavi and Saxelby will take their socially engaged practices to the world stage.

READ: Virginia Rigney (ACT) on Elyas Alavi and Georgia Saxelby

READ: Media Release


Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

Molly Reynolds & Rolf de Heer: The Waiting Room

14 August 2018

Discover previously untold stories of Australian cinema with the star-studded exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, coming to the Samstag Museum of Art as part of the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.

Upstairs, find The Waiting Room by international award-winning filmmakers Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer. In the artists' first foray into creating work expressly for a gallery context, The Waiting Room promises to push the boundaries of the cinematic experience.

Both exhibitions open Friday 14 September, with Public Programs extending throughout September and October. 

READ: Media Release


Strangeness is not too far away ...

10 August 2018

Published today, Adelaide-based writer, artist and independent curator Linda Marie Walker responds to Aldo Iacobelli: A Conversation with Jheronimus.

READ: Strangeness is not so far away by Linda Marie Walker


Samstag celebrates 2018 NAIDOC Week

9 July 2018

Samstag Museum of Art is celebrating the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and writers to our program and to the University of South Australia Art Collection.

Visit the Museum to spend time with Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg: Montages: The Full Cut 1999 – 2015. As an accompaniment to the exhibition, we are showing Up in the Sky: Tracey Moffatt in New York — a funny, honest and revealing documentary detailing the formative period of Moffatt’s exceptional career.

With this year’s NAIDOC dedicated to the power and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Samstag Museum of Art is proud to announce three stunning Recent Acquisitions into the University of South Australia Art Collection by Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artists Wawiriya Burton, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken and Ngupulya Pumani.

Continuing our NAIDOC celebrations, we invite you to read the newly published opening remarks by Professor Irene Watson, delivered at the launch of the Vernon Ah Kee: Kaurna Language Ephemeral Public Art Project.

READ: Opening remarks by Professor Irene Watson


Aldo Iacobelli, Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg

4 June 2018

Two major exhibitions open Friday 15 June at the Samstag Museum of Art.

Explore humanity’s ongoing struggle for moral safe ground in A Conversation with Jheronimus by Adelaide-based artist Aldo Iacobelli and commissioned by the Samstag Museum of Art. Having long been under the spell of Hieronymus Bosch’s 1516 'The Haywain Triptych', Iacobelli brings Bosch’s eternal allegory of religion, politics and sin into a contemporary context. Presented as part of the SALA Festival.

Upstairs, experience the full suite of eight montage films by internationally celebrated artist and Australia’s representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Tracey Moffatt and her collaborator Gary Hillberg, tapping into the humour and pathos of universally shared subjects such as art, revolution, love and destruction.

READ: Media Release


ON ART with Vernon Ah Kee announced

10 May 2018

Samstag Museum of Art will be celebrating National Reconciliation Week with a bold new public art project by Brisbane-based artist Vernon Ah Kee. The Kaurna Language Ephemeral Public Art Project launches Thursday 31 May 2018, 5 — 7pm with an artist talk by Vernon Ah Kee.

READ: Media Release


2019 Samstag Scholarship applications NOW OPEN

Each scholarship includes, for twelve months of overseas study, a tax-exempt stipend equivalent to US$48,000, plus return airfares and institutional fees. This year, the application process is online. Interested artists are invited to see details and apply.

READ: Media Release

READ: ArtsHub: Samstag Scholarship gives artists agency over their education


2018 Samstag Museum of Art program launch

16 January 2018

Over the past ten years, the University of South Australia’s Samstag Museum of Art has built an impressive history of exhibitions and special events. In 2018, Samstag is proud to present a year-long program which continues its dedication to showcasing a rich diversity of ambitious contemporary visual art practices.


READ: Media Release


Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy

Samstag Museum of Art presentation: SASA Gallery

15 January 2018

Samstag Museum of Art is thrilled to announce a special Samstag presentation, Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy at the University of South Australia's SASA Gallery.

Drawing from the first major survey of the work of Bidjara artist Christian Thompson (VIC), Ritual Intimacy features an ambitious new commission, Berceuse, 2017, an immersive three-channel sound and video installation. Opening Monday 12 February and running until Sunday 18 March, with extended open hours during the Adelaide Festival.

READ: Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy

WATCH: Christian Thompson and Hetti Perkins on Ritual Intimacy


2018 Samstag Scholars announced

21 September 2017

The University of South Australia is delighted to announce 
Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW) as the recipients of the 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships! Read essays on each artist by Andrew Purvis (SA) and Jenna McKenzie (SA).

READ: Media Release

READ: Art Guide: Julian Day and Sasha Grbich awarded 2018 Samstag scholarships


2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art artists announced

5 September 2017

Erica Green, Director Samstag Museum of Art and Curator 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, has announced the names of the 30 leading Australian contemporary artists and collectives selected for next year's Adelaide Biennial, Divided Worlds!


READ: Media Release

READ: The Adelaide Review: Divided Worlds: 2018 Adelaide Biennial Artists Announced


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