Adelaide Art Guide: What’s on this summer

Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
As we anticipate a wet summer, it's a great opportunity to head indoors to experience some of Adelaide's wold-class exhibitions. FIFTY+ SA presents a handful of visual art highlights for you to enjoy this summer.

Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA)

WAVE exhibition at AGSA


19 October 2022 – 8 January 2023

This genre-defying work of art unites digital imagery, ceramics and sound in an immersive 360-degree installation in the Elder Wing of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Gerry Wedd’s iconic ceramics and drawings are brought to life with an evocative soundscape composed by Gabriella Smart in this cinematic production produced by Mark Patterson directed by Wedd, Patterson and Smart, with digital production by Jumpgate.

Visitors are invited on an epic journey from sea to sky through this new form of storytelling that unites the mythic imagery of Wedd and the sonic intensity of Smart.

Sera Waters: Future Traditions exhibition at AGSA

Sera Waters: Future Traditions 

26 November 2022 – 16 April 2023

In this second iteration of the Guildhouse Fellowship, South Australian artist Sera Waters imagines a new future for us all – one where ancient textile traditions can craft hope in the face of climate change.

Waters is well known for her revival of endangered ways of making, whereby age-old embroidery techniques are restored to comment on our complex and often confronting colonial histories. In this exhibition, the past paves the way for a new future and by reclaiming the traditions that our great-great-great-grandmothers performed we can move, together, towards an alternative liveable future.

Critically Future Traditions hinges on community and those who have kept this knowledge alive over generations. A shared space, the exhibition includes experiments, artefacts, texts, events, workshops and works of art.

The Guildhouse Fellowship was inaugurated in 2019 with the generous support of leading philanthropists, the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, to recognise and elevate South Australian artistic ambition.


Oliviero Toscani, born Milan, Italy 1942, Andy Warhol, 1975, New York, United States of America, pigment print on paper, 32.0 x 46.0 cm (image), 40.0 x 50.0 cm (sheet); Public Engagement Fund 2021, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Oliviero Toscani

Andy Warhol & Photography: A Social Media 

3 March – 14 May 2023

Andy Warhol & Photography: A Social Media reveals an unseen side of celebrated Pop artist Andy Warhol through his career-long obsession with photography. Whether he was behind or in front of the camera, photography formed an essential part of his artistic practice while also capturing an insider’s view of his celebrity social world.

Exclusive to AGSA, this exhibition features photographs, experimental films and paintings by Warhol, including his famed Pop Art portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley from the 1960s. It also contains works by his photographic collaborators and creative contemporaries such as Christopher Makos, Gerard Malanga, Robert Mapplethorpe, David McCabe, and Duane Michals.

Decades before social media, Warhol’s photography was candid, collaborative and social, attuned to the power of the image to shape his public persona and self-identity. Many of his photographs from the 1970s and 1980s offer behind-the-scenes glimpses into his own life and the lives of friends and celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Lou Reed and Elizabeth Taylor. This exhibition asks the question, was Warhol the original influencer?

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North Terrace, Adelaide


Dean Toepfer, Andrew Carvolth, Jake Rollins, Gretal Ferguson, Luca Lettieri, French Exchange, 2022. Photo by Connor Patterson
Xanthe Murphy, Tidelines Terra, 2022

French Exchange: Reflections on the JamFactory Boisbuchet Scholarships 

9 December 2022 – 5 February 2023

Nestled in the lush countryside of Lessac, France, Domaine de Boisbuchet is Europe’s prime destination for innovative, hands-on workshops in architecture, design and art. With a focus on the integration of nature and the hand-made, Boisbuchet draws an international contingent of professionals and students seeking new ways of thinking, designing and making. Since 2017, JamFactory has partnered with Boisbuchet to provide a JamFactory Associate with the opportunity to travel and participate in Boisbuchet’s renowned Summer Workshops Program. French Exchange features recent works by the five previous recipients of the Boisbuchet Scholarship and offers their personal reflections on how their experiences at Boisbuchet have impacted the trajectory of their creative practices.

Straight from the Heart

9 December 2022 – 5 February 2023

Central Craft is a not-for-profit organisation based in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) that supports and promotes traditional and contemporary craft and design practice in Central Australia. During 2021-2022, four previous and continuing JamFactory Associates from its glass, ceramics, and jewellery and metal studios journeyed to the Australian Centre to each undertake a 4-week residency at Central Craft. Straight from the Heart showcases the outcomes of these residencies.


19 Morphett St, Adelaide

The David Roche Foundation House Museum

Timothy Horn, Gorgonia 15, nickel-plated bronze and mirrored blown glass, USA, 2018, Powerhouse collection. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski

Fantastical Worlds 

Until 24 Dec 2022

The David Roche Foundation plays host to Fantastical Worlds, a travelling exhibition developed by Powerhouse museum, Sydney, comprising playful arrangements of old and new.

The Powerhouse collection holds many objects that instil a sense of wonder. Made using a wide range of materials and techniques, they seduce us with their otherworldly beauty, stimulate our imagination and shed light on how we perceive ourselves and the world.

Fantastical Worlds is developed around works from four artists and designers: Timothy Horn, Alexander McQueen, Kate Rohde and Timorous Beasties. Inspired by elaborate European art styles from the past such as Baroque, Rococo and Empire, they imaginatively transform historical ideas, forms and patterns into striking 21st century creations. Playful arrangements of new and old complement these artworks, revealing creative brilliance behind contemporary and historical designs. For this iteration of the exhibition, Powerhouse ceramics, jewellery, silver, textiles and fashion are joined by decorative arts objects and paintings from The David Roche Foundation in a wondrous offering of dazzling form, ornament and colour.


241 Melbourne St, North Adelaide

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