Adelaide Central Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery housed within the Adelaide Central School of Art Administration building. This gallery shows curated exhibitions, with public opening events held every 8 weeks. This gallery exhibits works by ACSA graduates, South Australian, interstate and international artists with a focus on ambitious exhibition design.
The Gallery exhibits a diverse annual program of curated exhibitions, featuring recent work from South Australia’s most esteemed emerging and established artists, as well as renowned national and international contemporary artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by a commissioned text by a graduate or the gallery curator, Andrew Purvis.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm during exhibition periods.
The Gallery hosts a regular program of lunchtime artist talks of exhibiting artists, ACSA staff and graduates, and other visual art professionals. These talks are free and open to attend by the public. During 2022, our ArtSpeak program was recorded and published as podcasts, with help from our friends at South Australian Living Artists Festival. These 40 minute podcasts are available to listen to here.
Student Exhibition Program
Alongside the gallery’s curated exhibition program, the students of ACSA also organise regular exhibitions of student work. These exhibitions are held in the foyer space of the Teaching and Studios building, and open on the same night at gallery exhibitions.
Each year the artworks from our graduating cohort of BVA and BVA(Hons) graduates are exhibited across the Teaching and Studios Building and the Adelaide Central Gallery. The opening of the exhibition includes a guest speaker who announces the graduate awards and officially opens the show. The exhibitions are also accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with professional photography of each graduates’ work.
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here! is a fundraising exhibition of postcard-sized artworks held in the gallery every year. Funds raised from this exhibition support the School’s various scholarships for students.
The beauty of this exhibition is that artworks are donated by artists across all sections of the contemporary art sector – including highly established artists from South Australia and interstate, up and coming emerging artists and also current art students from the school. This creates a unique viewing (and collecting) opportunity for visitors as they are able to see a lively cross section of contemporary art. All works are priced at $80, which allows all visitors to collect works affordably.
All artists are allowed (and encouraged) to donate a postcard-sized artwork of any media for this event. To know more please contact Curator Andrew Purvis
Adelaide Central Gallery
Adelaide Central Gallery is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located within Adelaide Central School of Art.
The Gallery exhibits a diverse annual program of curated exhibitions, featuring recent work from South Australia’s most esteemed emerging and established artists, as well as renowned national and international contemporary artists.
The cornerstone of the program is the annual Graduate Exhibition, which presents outstanding work from each of our graduating Bachelor of Visual Art and Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) students.
Adelaide Central Gallery regularly partners with leading arts organisations, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre and ACE Gallery (formerly the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation) and the National Art School, Sydney. The Gallery has previously co-presented work as part of major state-wide festivals including TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Adelaide Fringe Festival, OzAsia Festival and the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.
The Gallery manages a stockroom of works by lecturers and graduates that are regularly displayed throughout the School buildings. Adelaide Central Gallery also hosts ArtSpeak, a program of public talks, delivered by exhibiting artists, Adelaide Central School of Art staff and graduates, and other visual art professionals.
Gallery Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Adelaide Central Gallery Curator | Andrew Purvis, email@example.com