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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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Everything old is new again
The Adelaide Central School of Art has made the transformation from its old somewhat cramped premises in Norwood to the newly renovated buildings in the Glenside cultural precinct.

Adelaide Central School of Art
Adelaide Central School of Art

Adelaide Central School of Art is a stand-alone institution dedicated to the visual arts. It mentors and teaches artists of all ages. It is an independent, not-for-profit, accredited Higher Education institution that offers intensive training for students looking to develop careers as practising artists.

As a long-term visitor to the Norwood gallery site I was itching to see what they had made of this 'new' facility in Glenside.
Their open day on September 14th providing the perfect opportunity to visit.

Adelaide Central School of Art
Adelaide Central School of Art

The Building
The Glenside building was once an asylum for the mentally ill.
Before advances in modern medication the Glenside site housed over 2,000 inpatients.

The cultural precinct is slowly changing the landscape of Glenside.
The art school building has large, thick brick walls and high ceilings. Small cells where patients were housed are now artist studios. Full of visual art experiments and vitality.

The walls have large gyprock panels to enable artwork to be done.
Each large studio has racks of easels.

The renovation has ensured that the building has had a modern facelift, but the character of the old walls, windows and fixtures remain.

The Artists
The open day was populated by lecturers and students. All who looked happy to be there. Some saying they would never leave!
The staff and students were all approachable and keen to represent their school, their art and possibilities for the future.

Adelaide Central School of Art
Adelaide Central School of Art

There was a delightful pop up café on the top floor, which was a great pit stop and place to chat with students.
While browsing the studios I introduced myself to an honours student artist.

Honours students get their own studio room. Third year students share with another student.

Tiffany Rysdale specialises in painting using the realism style. Making her own fabric toys and objects which she then melds into different designs and photographs. These images are then transformed into a painting. So in addition to painting and photographing she also designs unique fabric designs.
The Adelaide Central School of art has given her the freedom to pursue her own style.

Tiffany Rysdale
Tiffany Rysdale

In August 2012, the South Australian Government granted Adelaide Central School of Art a 50-year lease for two heritage buildings at the Glenside Cultural Precinct.

So began a new chapter for the art school and Glenside. The new School campus is adjacent to the Adelaide Film Studios, home of the South Australian Film Corporation.

Adelaide Central School of Art
Adelaide Central School of Art

The Art School

The School offers undergraduate degrees with a Bachelor in visual arts, specialist short courses, workshops and masterclasses.
There are also a range of artist talks that are open to the public.

Current Exhibition

The new exhibition space is similar in size to the previous exhibition space. I was expecting a larger space. But perhaps this could be in the pipeline for the future?

The gallery Hours are -

Monday, Thursday & Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am - 7.00pm

Parallelo Exhibition
Parallelo Exhibition

The current exhibition is entitled Parallelo.
With artworks by Christopher Orchard and Godwin Bradbeer.
Works on paper working within a similar theme.
The current exhibition is on from 3 September 2014 - 17 October 2014.

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Why? Art school and free art exhibitions
When: Gallery Hours 
Monday, Thursday & Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Where: Adelaide Central School of Art.Glenside Cultural Precinct 7 Mulberry Road Glenside SA 5065 (entry Gate 1, 226 Fullarton Road)
Cost: Free
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