2017 Exhibitions

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and Thursdays until 7pm, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.


SANAA:A Better World Through Creativity
6 February - 29 March

Showcasing East Africa's artistic talent, five international Kenyan artists known for pushing boundaries recently visited South Australia to exhibit their artwork as part of SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity. 

This artwork gives a voice to minority groups who are working on political, cultural and socially engaged street art - expressing themes such as rising racial tension, increasingly complex global politics and border control.

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. This is an Adelaide Fringe Event


Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank
10 April - 10 May

The exhibition details the life story of Anne Frank from her birth in Frankfurt in 1929 to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

The exhibition connects the personal story of the Frank family with the important historical events of that time: the rise of the national socialists, the isolation and discrimination of the Jewish population, eventually escalating in the Holocaust. 

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Copyright: Photo collection of the Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam


Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.  

Posters Empowering Community: A Historical Snapshot of SA Poster Artmaking 
15 - 31 May 

Social and political posters from the 1970s–1990s are featured in an exhibition displaying a historical snapshot of SA’s Community Media Association (Co-Media) and Community Arts Network (CAN). Transport yourself to an era before digital social media when posters were used as a political tool to communicate the community’s social conscience. 

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Graham F Smith Peace Foundation

SA Refugee Week 2017 Youth Poster Awards Exhibition
5 – 28 June

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 have created posters that celebrate the UN International Refugee Convention by communicating how refugees are welcomed, become part of, and contribute to the Australian "family".

SA Refugee Week 2017 - Full Program

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design

3 – 26 July

Nikki C Creation Story

A mentoring exhibition by Nikki Carabetta-Baugh, emerging Aboriginal artists and those who not had a solo exhibition.

Everyone has a story, everything has a story and every place has a story. Each and every story is unique to that person, object, time and place; yet somehow they are all linked. We may all have different stories but through time and space we are connected, we share similar experiences, have comparable goals and ambitions in our lives and connect in a myriad of ways. Objects tell their own story, whether bought new or second hand or inherited they absorb our energy and tell their own story as well as reflecting our personality.

All are welcome to visit the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery from 10-14 July to watch a mural being painted live.

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and supported by The City of Adelaide.

Fly Away
2 – 30 August

This is an interdisciplinary exhibition, showcasing the work of Afghan artists, curated by Adelaide based artist and poet Elyas Alavi. Featuring Fatema Ahmadi, Zahra Hossaini, Asif Hussaini, Murtaza Hussaini, Farzana Noori, Sohrab Rustami, Ziyaghul Yahya and Elyas Alavi.

The artworks are the result of a series of workshops, facilitated by Elyas Alavi, with emerging Afghan artists who are studying visual arts at the University of South Australia.

Artists have created works inspired by the themes of this project which include identity, connection, memory and refugee experience. This exhibition aims to promote diversity and the value of the arts to the Afghan community, whilst also recognising the value and power of artistic expression through the art work on display.  

Fly Away is co-presented and exhibited at both the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building, 2-30 August and Nexus Arts Gallery, Lion Arts Centre, 10 August - 1 September. There will be an opportunity to hear first-hand from the artists at an Artist Talk, 22 August at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, from 5.30pm.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and NEXUS Arts, as part of SALA

To Tell Another’s Story
Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition 2017
2 – 30 August

ARA's fourth annual portrait exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. It honours the thousands of refugees they walk alongside each year as they face the challenges and joys of building a new life in South Australia.

The exhibition encapsulates themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association, as part of SALA



'til Death
4 – 13 September

Dying is a universal truth, an objective reality, it belongs to us all; it is as certain as the death of a cut flower. This exhibition looks at the frailty of life, its poignancy, disturbing beauty and inevitabilities.  Flowers that enter hospice travel parallel paths with those to whom they belong. They are allegories for emotions so often hidden, but universally understood, and for the process of change that dying is.

As practitioners in this most intimate of settings we are privy to glimpses through unguarded doors, or down long hospital corridors, of raw emotion, quiet despair and immeasurable strength. Momentary visions that once seen, are impossible to forget. As carers, and the cared for, we are deeply connected. 

This exhibition seeks to avoid the constraints of language and connect directly with emotion, establishing a space for conversation for everyone travelling this path.

A path we will all eventually tread. More information

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Palliative Care Australia



Li Xu – Chinese Typographic Poster Design
Playing a Character
18 – 29 September

Li Xu Sunshine HomeTravelling through time and space, the ‘character’ plays a vital role in the dissemination of information and exchange of ideas.This exhibition by Associate Professor Li Xu from the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, is a poster exploration of Chinese characters. It presents a Chinese approach in the use of typography, developed to facilitate understanding of Chinese culture and inspire new typographic approaches through the poster medium.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and facilitated by UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design





Visualising Mental Health Exhibition 2017
5 – 27 October

Mental ill health is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Psychologists along with other mental health professionals play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of mental ill health. One of the ongoing challenges psychologists face in doing this is communicating important mental health concepts to the wider community. It was this challenge that led Dr Gareth Furber to make contact with matchstudio to discuss how psychologists could collaborate with emerging designers to create engaging and informative mental health education materials for the general public.

Facilitated by Match Studio, this exhibition presents clinical 
tools and product prototypes designed and developed by UniSA’s Visual Communication students in consultation with practicing psychologists to ‘visualise’ complex mental health concepts.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and facilitated by UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design: matchstudio

5 – 27 October

Reflections of the Artist in Residency program at the Glenside Rural & Remote Inpatient Unit. Engagement with mental health facilities consumers, staff and environment of the Glenside campus, and ongoing collaboration with the University of South Australia’s Mental Health Research team has informed this exhibition. Bringing together academics, health care workers, artists and everyone in between to seek a better understanding of the process of recovery and the contribution of art.

Artists: Jade Harland and Henry Stentiford 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Country Health SA Local Health Network






The Power of Illustration: A Legacy for the Future
3 November – 1 December

This exhibition celebrates the contribution and legacy of UniSA alumni and staff to the practice of Illustration.

Spanning forty years, it documents the diverse impact of their work to innovation, culture and commerce - demonstrating the connection between illustration teaching and practice on a national and international scale.

In 2018, UniSA will launch Australia's first Illustration and Animation degree programme, building on the expertise and knowledge of its legacy.







Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design

Illustrators: Nahum Ziersch, Sarah Boese, Nerissa Douglas, Stuart McLachlan, Sarah Boese

2017 Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition
6 - 19 December

The Master of Design (Industrial Design) and Graduate Diploma in Design (Industrial Design), Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition showcases the creative talent of UniSA's Industrial Design students. 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.

Presented with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA


The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre reserves the right to change this exhibition program at any time without notice.




While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.