Art Discovered


The Art Discovered program to integrate public art in the City Libraries, Community Centres, exhibitions and residency programs.

Exhibition at Adelaide Town Hall

Standing on Ceremony

Curated by City of Adelaide, Curator, Polly Dance

Standing on Ceremony at the Adelaide Town Hall premiers’ contemporary South Australian photography, textiles, and painting by leading South Australian artists Carly Tarkari Dodd, Zoe Freney, Trent Parke, and CJ Taylor, exhibited alongside historic collections.

Presented in our iconic Adelaide Town Hall, arguably the most historically significant building for major Adelaide ceremonies, events, and celebrations, this exhibition investigates the myriad of ways people celebrate, find a sense of belonging, and community during the festive season.

For the past 89 years the festive season has been heralded-in by the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, welcoming Father Christmas to our city. Father Christmas is always the last float in the pageant, and in 2019 the honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor welcomed Father Christmas at the Adelaide Town Hall. He waved to the thousands of spectators from our Town Hall balcony, just like The Beatles did in 1964.

The artworks in this exhibition delve into Christmas traditions of feasting, generosity, family, storytelling, and the history of our local Adelaide Christmas Pageant.

Standing on Ceremony will be on display at Adelaide Town Hall from 10 November 2021 - 17 January 2022.

Trent Parke Xmas tree bucket 24

Image:Trent Parke, Just one more photo, 2008, from The Christmas Bucket series, pigment print, 72 x 90cm. Courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery.

Exhibitions at the City Library

Two Factor Authentication - SALA 2021

Curated by Rose Larsen, Two Factor Authentication was a collaborative exhibition involving six artists who explore how their experience of the physical world is mediated by their digital identities. An immersive experience that merged analogue and digital production methods, Two Factor Authentication reflects contemporary life. Featuring artworks by Tom Borgas, Frances Cohen, Danny Jarratt, Cameron Longshaw, Emmaleise Maxwell, and Dainis Zakis. The SALA Emerging Curator Exhibition program introduces a remarkable opportunity for contemporary art and unconventional curation to engage with and showcase our diverse communities to a broad audience.

Two Factor Authentication was presented at the City Library from 6 August - 30 September 2021.

Read the exhibition catalogue here!

Two Factor authentication

IMAGE: SALA 2021 - Emmaleise Maxwell, Untitled 2  (detail) SALA @ CITY LIBRARY 2021 EXHIBITION CURATED BY Rose Larsen

I am Awe-tistic - SALA 2020

“I am Awe-tistic” was a collaborative exhibition giving young emerging artists on the autism spectrum a voice. A creative platform, celebrating their hearts and minds in a safe place and exploring subjects they are passionate about.

“I am Awe-tistic” shared visual, spoken and written stories with raw, honest and passionate vulnerability by a community who are bonded by shared understanding and honour.

An exhibition born out Curator Claire Wildish’s work with the ArtSteps Program at Autism SA and grown to encompass the wider Autism Community by inviting family and friends, The Gold Foundation and Living Arts at Life Without Barriers to tell their story too.

Artists: Angus Bennett, Briannah Hannant, Chelsea Tulloch-Hoskins, Eliza Dreyer, Ewen McNeilage, Georgina Chadderton, Hope Finlay, Hugh Davies, Jack La Joie, James Coulter, James Ford, Kalleb Scott, Mark Duthy, Marley Boyce, Mignonne Tudora, Mikayla Davey, Royce McKenna, Tommy Mutter, Walnut (ChaiTeaLeafy). Zoe Hart, and students from Cabra Dominican College.

I am Awe-tistic was presented at the City Library from 7 August - 27 September 2020.

Read the exhibition catalogue here!

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Image: SALA 2020 – Art and Artist - Mikayla Davey SALA @ City Library 2020 exhibition curated by Claire Wildish.

Already Home - SALA 2019

Featuring works by Australian-born and migrant artists, as well as creatives from within Adelaide's LGBTIQ, disability and multilingual communities, Already Home showcased a kaleidoscope of visual responses to the question of what it is to be Australian. This diverse exhibition included photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, illustration and more, promising to be a compelling reminder of the beauty in unity and the power of diversity.

Artists: Arlon Hall, Ban She, Brad Darkson, Bridget Fahey, Claire Ishino, Dave Court, Elyas Alavi, Emma Young, Georgina Chadderton (George Rex Comics), Lana Adams, Llewelyn Ash, Molly Nampitjinpa Peterson, Narges Anvar, Rebecca Hartman-Kearns and Steph Fuller

Already Home was on display at City Library from 2 August to 30 September 2019.

Read the exhibition catalogue here!

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Image: Already Home (installation view) 2020.City Library. Photo by Dave Court.