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Published February 9th 2018
Spend an hour or a day viewing new exhibitions for Fringe
The Adelaide Fringe is not all about shows and entertainment at night. The festival puts on a bumper visual arts program every year with many international and local artists exhibiting their work. Call some friends for a day out or take the family on a weekend. Kids really like to look at art but perhaps two or three venues is enough for school-aged children. If you work in the city, drop by to see some of the fantastic artworks at these venues during your lunch hour.
Hawke Gallery at Uni SA west campus. Image by Kat May.
Take the tram up North Terrace and check out the interior of our new hospital. They have three public galleries here near the Outpatients on Level 3. There are special Fringe exhibitions, but it is a mystery as to what will be there. Go and be surprised.
HAWKE BUILDING Level 3, Uni SA West Campus, North Tce. OPEN 9-5pm weekdays only and Thursdays until 7pm day during Fringe. This is a superb public gallery space displaying large artworks. Once again, it will be showcasing the big, bold and colourful work of African street and established artists. This amazing and vibrant exhibition is worth a look.
Larger than life African art at last years Fringe exhibit at Hawke Gallery.
NEXUS GALLERY at Lion Arts Centre, corner Morphett St and North Tce west. OPEN 9-5pm Tuesday to Friday during Fringe. There is a tram stop out the front right near the Morphett Street bridge. A bit hard to locate, this gallery is behind the main building on North Terrace. Go down the red brick outdoor stairwell. It looks like an office, but head inside and the small gallery space is to your right. Here you will discover Russian artist Anna Cherkasova with a work in progress. She is an illustrator and will be filling in the space with intricate drawings during the Fringe festival. She invites the viewer to colour them in - what fun for kids of all ages! Do something fun during your lunch break. Short films on the artists will be screened also.
DRILL HALL Torrens Parade Ground, King William St. OPEN 10.30-4.30 every day during Fringe.
This exhibition has the best-selected works from Visual Arts students from Uni SA, Flinders Uni and TAFE SA. There will be a variety of contemporary art showcased. Kids would like this one as there are innovative pieces, including paint, plastic, sculpture and out there designs.
Loose yourself for a few hours with some Fringe art. Image by Kat May.
CITY LIBRARY, Level 3, Rundle Place, off Rundle Mall.
OPEN during library hours.
The library has a few happenings on during Fringe. Ask staff where all the art is located. One exhibit is Chris Webb's work from his honours study field trip to the bushland of Deep Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Webb used pigments of the landscape to create some of his unique artworks, offering a new way of looking at South Australia.
STATE LIBRARY North Tce, Gallery Space on Ground Level.
OPEN weekdays 11-4pm and weekends 12-4pm
This exhibit titled "New Alchemists" has been in Tasmania and is now on tour and here in Adelaide for Fringe. Featuring contemporary art by artists from UK, China, France and Australia.
INSTITUTE BUILDING Corner Kintore Ave and North Tce
OPEN 10.30-4.30 weekdays and 1-4pm weekends during Fringe.
This heritage building has had a wonderful new paint job and is a work of art in itself. Climb the old wooden stairs on your right as you enter and you will discover the gallery home of the Royal South Australian Artists Society. They always have something on here and they will have a wonderful exhibition for Fringe entitled "Texture and Splatter". With paintings, drawing, sculpture and photography, there is something for everyone and all art is for sale. A mix of professional and amateur artists, this room is full of variety looking at the world through local artist's eyes. You can feel the love in this room full of passionate work.
TANDANYA - Kaurna Gallery 253 Grenfell St
OPEN 9th-23rd March 10am-5pm.
Learn about life, the land and Aboriginal culture in remote communities. People from the APY Lands, Maralinga Tjarutja and SA's Far West Coast will be in the gallery to show you their artworks, photography and video and tell you more.
PILGRIM CHURCH 12 Flinders St
OPEN 9.30-3pm Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday during Fringe.
Hosting the work of Ugandan artist, Alon who does paintings and batik. A small exhibit in the church foyer.
There are a few private galleries in the CBD such as Chancery Lane Gallery and Emma Hack Gallery and viewings here never fail to disappoint. There are some more venues in the CBD, some at various dates over the month of Fringe. Please refer to the full program for more details. Listed here also is a large selection of exhibitions out in the suburbs. There is so much to see and do but you have a month, so get cracking and get out to see some great art. You can pick up a program at Fringe box offices, Bank SA, libraries and visitor centres.
Just for your information, The Drill Hall is actually the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. For the last 23 years it has been put together by the Helpmann Academy, a not-for profit Arts Support organisation, and includes graduate artists from the SA School of Art (UniSA) and Adelaide Centre for the Arts (TAFESA). It a fabulous showcase of the works from these artists and not to be missed!