Well hello there and thanks for checking out our post about art in Adelaide. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will be discussed in detail for you today.
We know how busy some of you must be so we won’t waste your time rambling. Diving right into the best Adelaide Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibits in town will be how we start.
The most popular art stores in your area where you can find all the supplies and materials you could ever need will follow them up. Then we will give a quick shout out to the best shows and events this region has to offer.
When the weather is nice take advantage of it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures in town. Those who are ready to take their game to the next level could sign up for group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Adelaide.
Some may want to rent out an art studio near you when the time is right to get the ball rolling on your next project. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be topics we discuss as the post goes on.
We have covered the other major cities in Australia at this link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Adelaide
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Adelaide you can go to:
- Art Gallery Of South Australia at North Terrace
- South Australian Museum at North Terrace
- Samstag Museum of Art at 55 North Terrace
- Ace Open at Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace
- Nexus Art at Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace
- JamFactory Adelaide at 19 Morphett St
- Hill Smith Gallery at 113 Pirie St
- Gagproject at 39 Rundle St
- Feltspace at 12 Compton St
- Light Square Gallery at 39 Light Sq
- Carclew at 11 Jeffcott St
The Art Gallery of South Australia, founded in 1881, houses one of Australia’s major art collections in one of this city’s most attractive structures. North Terrace, the cultural boulevard, is located between the South Australian Museum and the University.
For almost 150 years, the South Australian Museum has been dedicated to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging, and enjoyable. It is a place where families may come together to learn and grow.
Samstag Museum of Art is one of the University of South Australia’s leading creative institutions; its establishment in 2007 reflects the University’s determination to make a dynamic contribution to South Australia’s intellectual and cultural life, as well as the tertiary education sector.
From its CBD art venue, ACE Open creates transformational contemporary art experiences for artists and spectators. ACE Open, which opened in 2017, builds on the 116-year legacy of its predecessors, the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF).
Nexus Arts has worked regularly over the last 30 years to establish performance and presenting opportunities, establish programs, and lobby for the inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) artists and communities within mainstream arts. Nexus’ initiatives have challenged and questioned cultural preconceptions, sparking critical discourse in both contemporary arts and community settings.
JamFactory has been supporting and promoting unique and remarkable craft and design for more than 50 years through their workshops, exhibitions, and shops. JamFactory is a unique not-for-profit organisation backed by the South Australian Government and recognized internationally as a centre for excellence. It is based in Adelaide’s West End Creative Precinct, with a satellite campus near Seppeltsfield in the Barossa. The JamFactory’s stores, exhibits, public activities, and travelling exhibitions highlight the greatest Australian craft and design talent. All purchases directly fund their training and exhibition program.
Gagprojects, formerly Greenaway Art Gallery, was founded in 1991 in a big renovated warehouse in Kent Town. The gallery’s concentration has always been on promoting the greatest local and national contemporary artists, supplemented by frequent invites to artists from other countries, with a strong emphasis on conceptual and difficult disciplines in a range of materials.
TAFE SA is the biggest vocational education and training (VET) provider in your area and one of the largest in Australia. It is also a registered supplier of higher education, and since its inception in 1971, they have educated over one million pupils. They take over 68,000 student enrolments each year and provide training at over 290 venues throughout South Australia.
Carclew is South Australia’s first multi-art form and cultural organization focused on artistic output created by and for persons aged 26 and under. It gives young people the opportunity to experiment with many creative genres, helps budding artists develop their skills, and advocates for youth arts practice.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores near you should have all of the materials and supplies you desire:
- Clipboard Art at 105 Hampstead Rd
- Port Art Supplies at 83 Commercial Rd
- Premier Art Supplies at 75 King William St
- Art To Art at 69 Glen Osmond Rd
- Central Artist Supplies at 226 Fullarton Rd
- Art Stretchers at 189 Hindley St
- Eckersley’s at 18 King William St
Clipboard is a renowned independent art and office supplier having outlets in the north and south part of town. Port Art Supplies is located in the historic district near the Black Diamond corner and offers a wide choice of high-quality fine art supplies. Art Spectrum, Canson, Cretacolor, Lukas, Langridge, Arches, and Sennelier are just a few of the brands they carry. Port also supports local arts programs in their efforts and is thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community.
Premier Art Supplies is one of South Australia’s major art, craft, and stationery supply wholesalers and retailers, with the most comprehensive product selection. For over 35 years, this authentic family business has been devoted to offering excellent affordable products to the community and schools, as well as competent and truly individualized service.
Art To Art is a family-run online art supply store that sells a wide range of high-quality art supplies from leading Australian and worldwide companies. Paints, brushes, canvases, pastels, charcoals, pencils, markers, inks, and accessories are all available.
Art Stretchers is an Australian-owned supply shop that specializes in fine art materials and canvas stretching. Eckersley’s is one of the country’s major dealers of fine art, craft, and design products.
Shop online or in person with Eckersley’s if you are an inspired artist, a dabbler in the arts and crafts, a bride-to-be looking for invitation ideas, an architect in need of technical drawing equipment, or even a teacher in the art and design sector in your area. The company began more than 50 years ago, in October 1965, with the opening of its first shop in Prahran, Victoria.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows and events are:
The Adelaide International was a biennial art exhibition held in at the Samstag Museum of Art in partnership with the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. The series featured a range of contemporary visual works from artists based outside Australia. After a pause in the partnership was agreed, the exhibition was revived by the Samstag as a series of three annual events, with the new title Adelaide International, with a different context and concept: the 2019 exhibition was about the effect of colonisation on indigenous culture.
Adelaide Fringe is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest arts festival! Fringe transforms the city for 31 wonderful summer days and nights. Their festival spans the state from Whyalla to Naracoorte, featuring unique and dynamic activities including as cabaret, theatre, comedy, circus, music, visual arts, workshops, and so much more.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to find some new unique pieces to add to your collection or figure out the true value of something visit art dealers and appraisers like:
- Elder Fine Art at 106 Melbourne St
- Eckermann Australian Fine Art at 114 Payneham Rd
- Peter Walker Fine Art at 101 Walkerville Ter
- Priceless Art at 334 Main N Rd
Elder Fine Art Galleries first opened its doors on Melbourne Street in 1965. Jim and Helen Elder, the proprietors, then traded as J.G.Elder upholstery. They relocated to 58 Jerningham St in 1968, and focused on good antiques and Australian Paintings, importing frequent shipments of fine quality antiques from throughout the world.
Eckermann Australian Fine Art specializes in purchasing and selling genuine Australian paintings as well as sold out limited edition prints. Peter Walker Fine Art specialises in the sale of early Australian paintings and items of historical interest as well as contemporary art. Clients include major regional and state galleries, libraries and private collectors from around the country and overseas.
Flamboyance Tours at 101 Rundle Mall offers walking tours for all ranging from street art and culture to history and gastronomy. Remember that there will be plenty to check out on the streets when the Fringe Festival is going on too.
Sculptures & Statues
You might also want to take some photos of these statues and sculptures in your area:
- Malls Balls at 100 Rundle Mall
- A Day Out at Rundle Mall
- Alice in Adelaide’s Wonderland at 42 East Ter
- John McDouall Stuart Statue at 182/188 Victoria Sq
- Charles Sturt Statue at 13/185 Victoria Sq
- South African War Equestrian Statue at North Ter & King William St
Rundle Mall’s most renowned artwork is ‘The Spheres,’ often known as the ‘Mall’s Balls’ by locals. The artwork, which is made of two larger-than-life stainless-steel spheres stacked on top of each other, is just over 4 meters tall and was created by Vienna-born artist Bert Flugelman.
Rundle Mall received four new tenants on July 3, 1999: Horatio, Oliver, Truffles, and Augusta. These life-sized bronze pigs seemed to be enjoying a fantastic day out in Rundle Mall as they wander the Mall, forage in the garbage for food scraps, and greet passers-by.
Alice in Adelaide’s Wonderland is a whimsical sculpture of Lewis Carroll’s heroine from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. The statue’s base has characters from both novels, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Duchess, and the Gryphon.
John McDouall Stuart, born in Scotland in September 1815, came to South Australia in January 1839. He worked as a surveyor, primarily in outlying locations. Following his experience on Captain Charles Sturt’s voyage to central Australia in 1844-45, he embarked on six significant inland excursions of his own.
The statue honors John, a Scottish explorer who was one of Australia’s most accomplished and well-known inland explorers. The members of his expedition are listed on a plaque on the statue.
When the statue of explorer Captain Charles Napier Sturt was inaugurated in December 1916, it was characterized as the most lifelike statue in town.
South Australians who fought in the second South African War between Dutch-Afrikaner settlers and Britain and her colonies are remembered at the South African War Memorial, which was erected on June 6, 1904.
Adelaide Art Classes
You might be interested in private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults but either way the best art schools in Adelaide would be:
- Adelaide Central School of Art at 7 Mulberry Rd
- Bapëa at 51 Wood Ave
- Studio Vino at 195 Pirie St
- Noah’s Art School at 1/646 N East Rd
- Splashout Art Studios at 5 Ravine St
- Ruth Tuck Art School at Hubbe Ct
Adelaide Central School of Art is a single-focus art school, with all classes taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields. It is South Australia’s only autonomous, non-profit art school committed to preparing students to be practicing artists.
The Bapëa Gallery is part of the operation of the Bapa Art School and Studios, and it hosts yearly exhibits by the school’s senior professor, Peter Bok. Bapëa Gallery offers a limited exhibition schedule, with no more than six exhibits each year.
Jen Halman, a graphic artist from the United States, started Studio Vino in 2015. Since then, the studio has grown and continues to do so. Like most paint and sip studios this should definitely be considered more of a casual art lesson.
Noah’s Art School serves kids ages 9 and above and is based in Holden Hill. Their school provides friendly, casual instruction to both beginners and expert students.
Splashout Art Studios is a professional organization that offers a diverse range of services such as art classes, art courses, and art workshops. All are taught by qualified art tutors or invited experienced artists.
Ruth Tuck, a well-known watercolour artist, founded the Ruth Tuck Art School in 1955. Her enthusiasm for educating and encouraging new artists lives on via the school.
Studios For Rent Near You
We will be back shortly to fill you in on the best art studios in your area for rent.
When you need art framing in Adelaide head to:
- FramingLand at 244-246 Waymouth St
- Adelaide Picture Frames at 32 Asquith St
- Framing World at 231 Main N Rd
- Smartart Picture Framing & Art Gallery at 93 North Ter
- The Frame Connection at 131 Sir Donald Bradman Dr
- Dimonds Gallery Picture Framing + Gifts at #19 Adelaide Arcade 112/118 Grenfell St
FramingLand specializes in custom picture framing. Adelaide Picture Frames offers a highly personalized and pleasant service, custom framing, access to a large selection of framing materials, and the best quality craftsmanship.
Framing World has over 50 years of expertise in the custom framing industry and provides individual advice and help to all of their clients who bring in their valuable things for framing. Smartart is a frame and art gallery that specializes in original art and works on paper by well-known Australian artists.
The Frame Connection is a local family-owned and run company that takes pride in their specialized workmanship and has over 40 years of expertise in the business.
Dimond Bros, or Dimonds Gallery as it is currently called, has a rich history that dates back to the late 1890’s to the early 1900’s, during the picture framing gold rush of the photography age.
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Have Fun Enjoying the Adelaide Art Scene
We tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Adelaide!