Performances, talks and films that provide a platform
for critical thinking and discussion around contemporary art.

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ON ART in 2019

Presenting Moving Image

Tuesday 29 October, 5 — 6pm

In a talk developed for students and emerging arts practitioners working with sound and moving image, Curator Gillian Brown discusses the presentation of sound and moving image exhibitions. 


Chris Marker: Sans Soleil

Thursday 7 November, 5 — 7:30pm

Join us at Mercury Cinema for a free screening of Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil, a significant influence in the making of
Fiona Tan: Ascent.


Experimentation in Film

Friday 29 November, 5 — 7pm

How do spaces of display affect our experience of moving image?

In a live cross from Amsterdam, hear from artist Fiona Tan followed by a discussion with James Nguyen, artist; Mat Kesting, Adelaide Film Festival; Erica Green and Gillian Brown, Samstag Museum of Art.


Monte Masi: llllllllllllllllllll

Saturday 3 August, 1 – 2pm

Monte Masi’s performance, llllllllllllllllllll (twenty lower case L’s), 
is about his relationship with Louise Haselton’s art practice, exploring the conventions of the gallery floor talk as a vehicle for strange sounds and intimate narratives.

llllllllllllllllllll continues Masi's interest in the language that surrounds exhibitions and art making, while responding to Haselton's distinctive use of language and lively engagement with collected materials.


2019 SALA Monograph Launch

Louise Haselton in conversation with Gillian Brown

Saturday 24 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Louise Haselton joins Curator Gillian Brown in conversation as part of a series of artist talks in the West End Creative Precinct for SALA Festival.

This event coincides with the launch of the 
2019 SALA monograph Louise Haselton: Act Natural, chronicling the inspirations, influences and ideas behind Haselton's extraordinary twenty-five year practice.


Narelle Autio in conversation with Tony Kearney

Saturday 14 September, 1 — 2pm

South Australian photographers Narelle Autio and Tony Kearney discuss the practice of Sandra Elms and that photographs that comprise Sandra Elms: Closer, with Associate curator Joanna Kitto.


Zephyr Quartet: Domestic Alchemy

Thursday 26 September & Friday 27 September, 6 — 7.30pm

A musical response to Louise Haselton: like cures like by the Zephyr Quartet. Experience the artworks in a stirring new way, as the quartet perform among them.

Zephyr Quartet are award-winning South Australian musicians who compose, arrange and improvise. Known for their spirit of collaboration, Zephyr are firm believers in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art.


Courageous approaches in contemporary arts writing

Tuesday 21 May, 5.30 — 6.30pm

We all have to write, but how do we do it successfully?
How do you stay focused, open and strong on your ideas?

Samstag curators Gillian Brown and Joanna Kitto explore principles and tactics for writing engagingly, about your own art or someone else’s. Open to all emerging artists and arts writers. 


James Tylor in conversation

Saturday 27 April, 1 — 2pm

Join Associate curator Joanna Kitto and artist James Tylor as we tour Australian War Memorial exhibition, For Country, for Nation. 


ANZAC Day at Samstag

Thursday 25 April, 2pm until late

Samstag launches our  exhibition season with an afternoon of conversation, performance, food and music. This program invites audiences to reflect on the First Nations experience during wartime and peace, both on home soil and abroad with performance by the Unbound Collective and a unique culinary experience by artist James Tylor. Read on.


Who holds the power of narration?

Tuesday 26 March, 5.30 — 6.30pm

Samstag curators Gillian Brown and Joanna Kitto 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


2019 Adelaide//International Forum

Saturday 2 March 2019, from 10am — 5pm

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

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. Read on.