2014 exhibitions

25 November 2013 - 13 February 2014

Abstract sculptureParallax offers an insight into the future, linking established established expressive and cultural modalities to the digital framework surrounding us all.

This exhibition of work from staff and students at the School of Art, Architecture and Design looks to the future of creative expression, and in particular to the digital future which both expands access to creative tools and infinitely multiplies the possibilities for distribution of creative works.

Co-presented by the School of Art, Architecture and Design, at UniSA

Cultivating modernism: reading the modern garden 1917-71
17 February – 31 March

Sketch of modern garden

A vital journey into our recent past.

Cultivating Modernism comes alive through a kaleidoscopic mix from rarely seen books, prints, and ephemera charting garden making during a turbulent period from pre-war European functionalism to a more relaxed post-war Californian modern.

An Adelaide Fringe event

Cultivating modernism: French garden style of the 1920s and 1930s
17 February – 31 March

Sketch of modern garden

Located adjacent to the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, UniSA's Architecture Museum will host this complementary exhibition.  The Architecture Museum is open to the public Monday to Wednesday 10am-4pm.

Drawing on rare art deco prints and publication of French exhibitions, this showing will provide  a rich coverage of Cubist and other decorative approaches to garden design.

Cultivating Modernism is an Australian Garden History Society touring exhibition and an Adelaide Fringe event

Exhibition partners: the Hawke Centre, Architecture Museum at UniSA, The University of Melbourne Library, and National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Project partners and supporters: Melbourne University Publishing, The University of South Australia Library, Heritage Council Victoria, and the Art Deco and Modernism Society 

Ecuador's Identities
3 – 30 April

Taipe Bugambillas

Ecuador’s “Identities” will display the work of six Ecuadorian artists, part of Grupo Achala. Their work aims to establish an intercultural dialogue between individuals, near and far, who share a passion for art in all its manifestations.

This exhibition encourages greater knowledge and appreciation of Indigenous Ecuadorian cultural traditions and the use of art as a means to create a lively and dynamic intercultural dialogue.

Exhibition provided by the Embassy of Ecuador

Sharing the good earth: 175 years of influence and vision
5 May – 11 June

Sketch of Royal show

This exhibition showcases the 175-year journey of an organisation run by people of passion and foresight - the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia Inc.(RA&HSSA).

Follow the journey of this progressive and influential body.

Complementary lecture, with South Australian historian, Rob Linn.

An About Time event, co-presented with RA&HSSA

SA Refugee Week 2014: Youth Poster Awards
16 June - 23 July

Winner of the Primary School SA Refugee Week Poster The Exhibition is part of a growing visual dialogue describing multiculturalism, anti-racism and human rights, and celebrating cultural diversity. 

Students from primary to tertiary level will create posters that celebrate the UN International Refugee Convention by communicating how refugees are welcomed, become part of, or contribute to the Australian "family".

Co-presented with the Migrant Resource Centre of SA and the UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design


Aquilizan ‘art station’
1- 23 July

Artwork by AquilizanTo coincide with the SA Refugee Week 2014: Youth Poster Awards, visitors are invited to drop by and create cardboard sculptures of houses and other dwellings that will contribute to Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s In-Habit: Project Another Country exhibition at Samstag Museum.

Suitable for all ages, this workshop is part of series running from 1 July - 3 October. See the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art website for more information.

Co-presented with Samstag Museum of Art

Hidden places, hidden lives
28 July - 27 August

Hidden places, hidden lives. Living in Residential care.A thought-provoking photographic narrative reflecting the experiences of people living in Adelaide’s Supported Residential Facilities. This collection of photographs is a collaborative project, created by residents mentored by four well-known local photographers, who have built up the confidence and enhanced the photographic skills of residents.

The exhibition explores inclusion and citizenship of this generally unknown community.

Download the podcast of the community forum, which explored the use of creative arts in disadvantaged communities.

A SALA Festival event, co-presented with Seniors Information Service

Enslaved in a Magdalene laundry, Adelaide
5 September – 3 October

This exhibition depicts the experience of Australian-born, New York artist, Rachael Romero, who at 14, in 1967, was incarcerated, without charge and without legal trial, in the Convent of the Good Shepherd. ‘The Pines’, on Marion Road, North Plympton, SA, was one of nine of these laundries across Australia in the twentieth century.

Romero recalls, “In this Dickensian throwback, our names were taken. Our identity was taken. We were shocked into an enforced silence and ‘trained’ to carry out dangerous drudgery. Offered no remuneration for such labour we were told to offer it up for the saving of souls in the ‘next life’ and therefore beautify our pitiful selves”.

Art by Rachael Romero, a survivor of the 'The Pines', curated by Adele Chynoweth.

Recent press: Rachael Romero's art lays bare cruelty women and girls suffered at Magdalene Laundries, ABC 7.30 Report

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the world
3 November – 28 November

Coetzee CollageOne of the most lauded of living writers, J. M. Coetzee has been the recipient of almost every major literary award. The work of this Nobel Laureate traverses a broad range of areas with trademark clarity and precision, and has been an inspiration for filmmakers, composers, philosophers and activists alike.

Explore rare archival material from the Harry Ransom Centre (The University of Austin, Texas) , which give a unique insight into his creative processes.

This exhibition forms part of a suite of events held in Adelaide in November to celebrate J.M. Coetzee’s life and work. Discover the literary, political and autobiographical journeys that have made J.M. Coetzee a writer of such significance. 

Curated by Deputy Director of the Hawke Research Institute, Jennifer Rutherford, with assistance from Rita Horanyi and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library; and with creative input from Adam Jenkins (The Innovation Centre, UniSA) and Hawke artist-in-residence Lisa Harms.

Co-presented by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (The University of Adelaide), the Hawke Research Institute and the Hawke Centre.

2014 Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition
9 December - January 2015


Design of new type of bike

The Master of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Industrial Design, International Industrial Design Exhibition showcases the creative talent of UniSA's Industrial Design students, as well as works from students studying at Tianjin University, The University of Northumbria and Edinburgh Napier University.

The work featured includes innovative practice-based design investigations and collaborative design projects with industry partners.

The exhibition is highly regarded in the sector, creating employment opportunities for students.

Co-presented with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA

Past exhibitions:

2015 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007

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