2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds 

Curated by Erica Green

Saturday 3 March — Sunday 3 June 2018

In a troubled world of conflict and differences that separate us as individuals, Divided Worlds 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, imagination, and the environment. 

Divided Worlds features works by Lisa Adams (QLD), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Roy Ananda (SA), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Kristian Burford (SA), Maria Fernanda Cardoso (NSW), Barbara Cleveland (NSW), Kirsten Coelho (SA), Sean Cordeiro + Claire Healy (NSW), Tamara Dean (NSW), Tim Edwards (SA), Emily Floyd (VIC), Hayden Fowler (NSW), Julie Gough (TAS), Ghostpatrol (VIC), Amos Gebhardt (VIC), Timothy Horn (VIC), Louise Hearman (VIC), Ken Sisters (SA), Lindy Lee (NSW), Khai Liew (SA), Angelica Mesiti (NSW), Patricia Piccinini (VIC), Pip + Pop (WA), Patrick Pound (VIC), Khaled Sabsabi (NSW), Nike Savvas (NSW), Christian Thompson (VIC), John R Walker (NSW) and Douglas Watkin (QLD).

The 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds is an Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, in association with the Adelaide Festival, and with generous support received from the Art Gallery of South Australia Biennial Ambassadors Program and Principal Donor The Balnaves Foundation. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body and by the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Exhibiting venues: Art Gallery of South Australia, Samstag Museum of ArtJamFactorySantos Museum of Economic Botany and the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Publication: the 128 page full colour Divided Worlds catalogue is available to purchase at the Samstag Museum of Art front desk and online via Publications.

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Public Programs

Adelaide Biennial Vernissage Weekend

3 — 4 March 2018

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, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with the support of the Adelaide Festival. See details.


Adelaide Cinémathèque: Making Worlds

4 March — 23 May 2018

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. See details.


Art Almanac: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 

The Australian: Divided Worlds: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

Artlink: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

Runway: Communicating Across Barriers

The Monthly: ‘Divided Worlds’ documents wholeness

Adelaide Review: Adelaide Biennial: On the Edge of a Divided World

Limelight: Justine Nguyen: A Companion to Civilisation

Sydney Morning Herald: John McDonald: 2018 Adelaide Biennial: Difference as the natural order of things

ArtsHub: Review: Adelaide Biennial stumbles on curatorial tensions

ArtsHub: Divided Worlds artist Angelica Mesiti announced as Australia’s representative at the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2019

The Guardian: Adelaide Biennial of Australian art – a contemporary snapshot tackling big social issues

The Adelaide Review: The garden of Divided Worlds

Broadsheet Adelaide: The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is Celebrating Difference

InDaily: Adelaide Biennial artists explore myriad worlds

News: Descend into heart of art at 2018 Adelaide Biennial exhibition

The Adelaide Review: Erica Green navigates Divided Worlds for Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

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


Adelaide Biennial Vernissage Weekend

3 — 4 March 2018 

Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art and Curator, 2018 Adelaide Biennial introduces Divided Worlds

Forum One: Divided Worlds of Time

Forum Two: Universal Concerns