Four Fridays a year, a hip (yes, 'hip' is in again) crowd gathers under the moonlight to enjoy food, drinks and music and experience the Gallery's exhibition in an exclusive after-hours opening.
Departure tickets are available to members and non-members. But it goes without saying that members get a whole heap of incredible added benefits, including pre-sale tickets, discount at the Gallery shop, express exhibition entry and more.
I went to the last Departure event as a non-member and got to experience the haunting, disturbing and beautiful work of Patricia Piccinini (with a guided tour).
I dined on pate and BBQ tofu with cherry tomatoes (among other mouth-watering canapes), and had my fill of cider and merlot. All while enjoying night sky, dancing under the stars and meeting new people who were either artists, or just loved art, or were having their first 'grown-up' art experience.
As a first-time Departure attendee explained to me (a little tipsily) that night, this exciting program gets people to the gallery who might not normally go because sometimes "the art is a bit weird." And she was right, Departure allows you to appreciate 'different' art, in a different way, with a whole lot of people who have 'differentness' wonderfully in common.
There's no rules on what to wear or how to act (obviously, within some reason) which means Departure brings together a really eclectic mix of Adelaide 20-30 somethings.
This sounds like a great thing to get involved in. I love visiting the art gallery, and I really should visit it more considering I spend half my time studying right next door to it. I love the idea of having initiatives to get young people more involved and interesting in cultural arts.
The state theatre company have an initiative where younger people can become members for cheaper prices to be able to see more of the plays, and I have a feeling that perhaps there is something similar to this run through them. I could be wrong.
Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to afford it in time for the Saatchi exhibition, but I'll keep an eye out for the next one. Thanks!