photo-icon IMAGE: ADELAIDE ART VENDING MACHINE, ARTIST CARLY SNOSWELL AND ART VENDING MACHINES AUSTRALIA CREATOR STEPH CIBICH AT THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. PHOTO BY ROSINA POSSINGHAM.

Our Art Stages partnership projects aim to bring new outdoor displays and public art experiences to our city streets. Learn more about each of the projects below.

Musée Extérieur (Outdoor Museum)

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Image:SIMON VOUET (B. PARIS, 1590 – D. PARIS, 1649) ALLEGORY OF PEACE C. 1645, OIL ON CANVAS, 109.5 X 99 CM, GIFT OF THOMAS HENRY, 1835, THOMAS HENRY MUSEUM, CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN (Installation view)

As the City of Adelaide emerges from the restrictions of a global pandemic, we invite you to embrace a time of rediscovery and reconnection. Musée Extérieur is a curated, outdoor art trail that winds through the beautiful and surprising spaces of Adelaide City.

Whilst travelling abroad is not possible, Musée Extérieur offers locals and visitors an exclusive, ephemeral experience: a slice of European art history revealed through Adelaide’s uniquely built, natural and cultural heritage. Get up close and personal with life-size reproductions of European Master paintings from as early as the 15th century, part of the collection of the Thomas Henry Museum in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France. Move and connect through place, time and culture.

Visit the art trail map

A selection of City of Adelaide Grant Supported Projects

There is a new way to buy art at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) with Art Vending Machines Australia (AVMA). Like other vending machines, AVMA’s main purpose is to dispense, yet rather than commodifying art, these machines provide an alternative and accessible display space for audiences to engage with artworks in fresh and interesting ways.

AVMA’s pop-up and remain in public locations for up to 3 months at a time. They invite emerging and established artists to ‘take over’ a recycled Vending Machine by responding to its location, contemporary ideas and expanding their practice. Each time a machine finds a new, temporary home, it takes on another life. Always evolving, there is something new to discover with each iteration!

Carly Snoswell (Adelaide) has taken over the first AVMA, located at AGSA. Snoswell is an emerging local artist whose work examines textiles and DIY craft making as a devotional impulse fuelled by fandom. She questions the motivations of fandom and examines how this infatuation can lead to creative output and contribute towards a stronger sense of personal identity.

This first iteration of the Adelaide Art Vending Machine is supported by the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the City of Adelaide through the Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

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Image: Adelaide Art Vending Machine, Artist Carly Snoswell and Art Vending Machines Australia Creator Steph Cibich at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo by Rosina Possingham.

James Price presented his animation Plunge about the history of Adelaide City Baths at its original site of the Adelaide Festival Centre. The animation evolved through research of historical images, and videos of people enjoying the city baths during its 108-year history.

Drawing on this rich history Price based his animations on the styles and fashions of the time to help tell this story. Showing during February 2020, this public artwork has been well received with James commenting ‘the public seemed intrigued by the history that informed the work, and the idea that the area has for a long time been a community gathering place.’ 

Watch a short of the presentation at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Plunge was supported though a Public Art Grant from the City of Adelaide through the Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

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Image: James Price, Plunge, 2020, (production still)

Gallery Flaneur is a tiny art gallery located in what was originally utilised as either a retail display or fire hydrant cabinet at 2 Gawler Place on the corner of Fisher Place. 

The gallery is dedicated to the flaneur, a French word coined in 1863. It describes a person (originally a male) who wanders the city with the only purpose of taking in its sights and its sounds. Our aim is to create a gallery that people discover by chance. It is dedicated to the urban explorers and wanderers of our city and gives an experience of surprise and delight. Gallery Flaneur has a focus on working with emerging artist to provide a blank canvas that they can adapt to suit their needs.

Gallery Flaneur was supported though a Public Art Grant from the City of Adelaide through the Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

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Image: Gallery Flaneur