Welcome to the Samstag Museum of Art

One of Australia's leading university art museums, the Samstag Museum of Art aims to challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative exhibitions, publications and public activities.

The Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today.



Thursday 25 April — Friday 19 July 2019

For Country, for Nation

Reality in flames: modern Australian art
and the Second World War

Unbound Collective: Sovereign Acts V: CALLING


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. Register here.


A once-in-a-lifetime international study opportunity open to Australian visual artists.

Applications for the 2020 Scholarships close 30 June 2019.

Click here to begin your application.


Soda_Jerk awarded 2020 Art and Moving Image Commission

New York-based Australian two-person art collective Soda_Jerk have been awarded the 2020 Samstag Museum of Art and Adelaide Film Festival Art and Moving Image Commission.

The $60,000 Commission is awarded biennially and is one of Australia’s richest art and moving image commissions.

The presentation of Netsploits, commissioned by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, will be accompanied by a selected survey of Soda_Jerk’s 17-year practice at the Samstag Museum.

The keenly anticipated follow up work to 2018’s TERROR NULLIUS, Netsploits addresses the seismic cultural transformation wrought by the internet. The work merges documentary with narrative film running riot through the genres of dystopian sci-fi, Hong Kong horror, 70s political thrillers, 90s sitcoms, internet instructional VHS, Soviet spy films, anime, dank memes and the blockbuster musicals of the early 80s.