Although not part of the SALA Festival, a new art exhibition takes place in the iconic Z Ward at Glenside Hospital for just two days at the end of August. This former secure wing of Glenside Hospital will open briefly again, with many of the old cells holding displays depicting the emotions and mental states of nameless and anonymous women.
Bad Girls: Into the Light is an exhibition by regional artist Sue Wegener that focuses on self perception issues. The artist's Bad Girl series of artworks evolved from recognition of self esteem issues in women which can become self perpetuating through erroneous belief, social and family conditioning. The exhibition looks at affirming positive concepts about one's self, for both men and women.
This Art Exhibition at Z Ward Glenside is Supported by the National Trust SA
Visitors to Bad Girls: Into the Light will be encouraged to view the art works and see themselves in the image, then transform any negative perception to positive by re-aligning their personal perspective.
There are many opportunities available today to support mental wellbeing and healing which did not exist for those who were once physically incarcerated in Z Ward and other similar places. The women featured in this exhibition and the artist pay homage to those guests who have passed through Z Ward.
The Exhibition Invites Visitors to Transform Any Negative Perception of Themselves
Artist Sue Wegener is being supported by the National Trust SA to bring Bad Girls: Into the Light to Z Ward Glenside, with the assistance of Country Arts SA and volunteers from Adelaide Central School of Art. Entry is free to visit this art exhibition but visitors are encouraged to make a donation to support a mental health charity.
For more information about artist Sue Wegener and Bad Girls: Into the Lightsee the website. The exhibition will be open from 9am until 4pm on Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30 at Z Ward Glenside.
Food and drinks will be on sale outside Z Ward during the Bad Girls art exhibition, but can't be taken into the building. There is limited disabled access to the ground floor, but only stairs to the first floor.
This is a unique opportunity to see an exhibition with widespread appeal and practical benefits, set inside a magnificent nineteenth century asylum building. Don't miss it!
Note: This is not a SALA Festival event so is not listed in their program. There is limited off street parking at Z Ward Glenside. It is accessible from the driveway at 63 Conyngham Street Glenside, and Z Ward is a short distance west from there.