Adelaide Art Guide: What’s on in July and August

FIFTY+SA has hand selected some visual art highlights for July and August from all of the wonderful offerings happening across Adelaide.

At the Art Gallery of SA…

Image credit: Frida Kahlo, born Mexico City 1907, died Mexico City 1954, Diego on my Mind, 1943, oil on Masonite, 76 x 61 cm; The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Modernism, © Banco de México Rivera Kahlo Museums Trust/ARS. Copyright Agency, 2022

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution

until 17 Sep 2023

Iconic works by two of the most influential and loved artists of the twentieth century – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – feature in this Australian exclusive exhibition, alongside works by key Mexican contemporaries.

Featuring more than 150 works, including paintings, works on paper, photographs and period clothing, this major exhibition from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection positions Kahlo and Rivera within the broader context of Mexican Modernism. It also includes works by Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros and others.

Tickets through ticketbooth

Image credit: AGSA

Milton Moon: Crafting modernism

until 6 Aug 2023

Milton Moon: Crafting modernism showcases the life and work of Milton Moon am (1926–2019), a renowned Australian potter who pioneered modernist ceramics in postwar Australia. Moon’s pottery was inspired by his surroundings, particularly his experiences diving and bushwalking. The exhibition places Moon’s sixty-year career in the context of Australian art and explores his unique approach to ceramics, as well as his lesser-known work in painting and drawing.

Image credit: AGSA

The Nature of Culture

until 27 Aug 2023

The Nature of Culture presents recent acquisitions from the Gallery’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. This selection of paintings, sculpture and woven works showcases the diversity of materiality and making across regions throughout Australia. It also reflects the creative dynamism that springs from cultural connections to Country.

Image credit: AGSA

Ramsay Art Prize

until 27 Aug 2023

Twenty-seven finalists have been selected for the Ramsay Art Prize 2023, a $100,000 acquisitive prize for contemporary Australian artists under forty. All works selected as finalists will be exhibited in a major exhibition. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced at the official opening on Friday 26 May 2023.

Image credit: AGSA

Misty Mountain, Shining Moon: Japanese landscape envisioned

29 Jul – 12 Nov 2023

Misty Mountain, Shining Moon exhibits the representation of Japan’s landscape through art, from austere brush and ink paintings to vibrant woodblock prints. The exhibition showcases works created from the 16th century to the present day, reflecting the deep admiration Japanese artists have for the natural world and the country’s beautiful mountains and plains, revered as homes of sacred deities.

North Terrace, Adelaide



Image credit: Honor Freeman, Absorb, 2021, porcelain, gold lustre. Photographer: Grant Hancock

GOLD: 50 Years 50 JamFactory Alumni

21 Jul – 17 Sep 2023

Since JamFactory’s establishment in 1973, hundreds of highly acclaimed artists, craftspeople and designers have permeated its studios in their journey to successful and sustainable careers. On the occasion of JamFactory’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition celebrates the history and achievements of JamFactory’s Associate Program through the work of 50 of its most outstanding alumni.

Image credit: Lewis Batchelar, Chroma Vases, 2019, glass, dimensions variable, photographer: Michael Haines

Lewis Batchelar: Refract

21 Jul – 17 Sep 2023

In celebration of the talented Alumni from the JamFactory Associate Program, each year during the South Australian Living Artist Festival, JamFactory presents a solo exhibition of work by a selected early career artist. New Zealand-born glass artist Lewis Batchelar completed the Associate Program in the Glass Studio in 2016 and has since forged a rich glass-blowing and cold-working practice.

North Terrace, Adelaide


Art Images Gallery

Image credit: Jackie Anderson, Art Images Gallery

Abstract Observations

until 30 Jul 2023

Many artists devote themselves strictly to realism in their pursuit to convey the ‘truth’, whilst others only see universal truths through the lens of abstraction. This exhibition features artists who seek to channel their experience of life through the innumerable possibilities of colour and form.

Image credit: Elisabeth Howlett, Art Images Gallery

Friday Fridas – SALA Exhibition

4 Aug – 3 Sep 2023

A group of South Australian female artists who started painting together on a Friday call themselves the “Friday Fridas”. They are: Cathy Gray, Elisabeth Howlett (image), Greta Laundy, Sarah McDonald, Romany Mollison, Minnie Taylor and Sonya Unwin.

32 The Parade, Norwood



Image credit: Trevor McNamara, BMG ART

Trevor McNamara, Murray Prichard and Phillip McGillivrary-Tory

until 5 Aug 2023

Paintings and mixed material assemblage

444 South Road, Marleston


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