Image: Rebecca Cole
The SASA Gallery (South Australian School of Art Gallery) is an outreach and exhibition facility within UniSA's School of Art, Architecture & Design. The Gallery's exhibition, publication and external scholar programs focus on innovative contemporary art, architecture, design, curatorial and writing practices. The SASA Gallery's exhibition and publication programs seek to position the artists, designers and researchers we work with in a national and international context, engage with critical dialogue and debate, and enable artists, designers, curators and writers to generate new art and new ideas. As an active site of teaching and learning SASA Gallery supports the full range of taught programs within the School and has a strong outreach program with free exhibitions, events, gallery floortalks and guest lectures open to the public.
July 19 - August 7 (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)
Launch: Friday July 19, 5-7PM
This summary exhibition is the result of practice-led research into portraiture as a contemporary art practice. It traces the progress of portraits moving off the wall and into the socially-engaged sphere by looking at the internal mechanisms of a portrait and extrapolating. Portraiture has a colonial heritage in capturing and fixing an other identity, and this needs to be challenged because identity is also both fluid and reflexive.
These multiple bodies of work seek an alternative model for representation. Can representation be necessary and needed? Can it be advocacy? Can it force a stance in solidarity, be a space of hospitality and question the self and narcissism that is too often at the core of identity politics?
The representation in these portraits talks of opportunities for partnership, aware of associated awkwardness and imbalance, but aiming to break down the toxicity of a multiculturalism which has become a landscape of sealed silos. This work emanates from India and Australia – featuring recent migrant communities and relationships across many countries.
This exhibition will include a free weekly cover letter and CV writing workshop for new migrants with SAPNAM (South Australian Professional Networking Association for Migrants).
September 5 - 18 (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)
I-CONIC celebrates award winning and innovative Australian industrial design. The exhibition features iconic designs from the 1880s to the present day. Over 50 products designed in Australia including the Wiltshire Staysharp knife, Décor BYO wine cooler, Eveready Dolphin torch, Rosebank Stack Hat, and the Britax baby capsule will be on display. In Australia some innovations were the result of our unique climate and lifestyle, like the Esky, but others like the Britax baby capsule and the Kambrook powerboard celebrate the capacity of our industrial design profession to bring a world first innovation to a global market.
Curated by Monash University senior lecturer Ian Wong FDIA and presented by University of South Australia and Monash University with generous support from Workspace Commercial Furniture.
Proposals for exhibitions and related projects are invited from artists, designers, architects, curators, writers, postgraduate students and academic researchers, including those who have an affiliation with the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia.
See what's coming up in 2019 in the SASA Gallery and across the School of Art, Architecture and Design, with information on exhibitors, forums and discussions, and opening night events.
The South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery was established in 2005 in the Kaurna Building. See past exhibition information about the artists, invites and images of their work.