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.
June 18th - July 5th (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)
Launch: Thursday June 20th, 5PM-7PM
"This exhibition is the result of practice-led research utilising specialized glassmaking techniques to produce objects exploring the themes of nonsense, monsters, wonder and dread ... This research proposes that glass is imbued with unique associations that may be particularly appropriate for responding to the troubled terrain of the Anthropocene. Glass-making is considered as a process of creating value through the skilful transformation of natural recourses, epitomised by luxury objects utilising finely detailed decorative techniques. Atmospheric pollution generated in the course of the research has been calculated and generously offset, in an attempt to reconcile the personal dilemma of continuing to practise a pyrotechnic craft in an age of global warming." more
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).
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.