The modern world is brimming with incredibly creative people, and many of them you would not get a chance to encounter, their work going unacknowledged. Thankfully, thanks to the prevalence of local galleries, displaying a line-up of regional talent, it's possible to immerse yourself in the art culture of modern Adelaide. Here are 7 of the best places to experience this.
1. Tooth & Nail Art Gallery This truly local creation, Tooth And Nail supports more than 45 studio artists, and its gallery focuses on showing off this local talent. The founders Cassie Alvie and Jake Holmes are incredibly active in making this a great environment, and they even organise occasional lessons in things such s screen printing. This is well worth a look. They include designers, painters, and several other mediums of expression. The style here is definitely modern and urban, drawing a lot of inspiration from graphic design even for a lot of the paintings, but with so many creative people, you are bound to find something that takes your fancy.
2. Royal South Australian Society of Arts
Royal South Australian Society of Arts are another locally focused group, with members working towards specific exhibitions and displays within, focusing on helping to provide students and amateur artists a place to display, as well as a place for older members. They host exhibits with specific themes, so it is always worth checking out their website to see what they will be doing.
3. Urban Cow Studio Displaying a mixture of modern paintings that blend various artistic styles from throughout art history, as well as having an extensive shop for jewellery and ceramics, this studio boasts a regular display place as well as monthly exhibitions. This is definitely a store as much as a gallery, but still definitely worth a wander.
4. Hill Smith Gallery With a different exhibition every month, and some incredibly talented South Australian and Australian artists on display, this gallery is definitely worth a look. Their website provides a good amount of detail of the works on display, so you can get a good sense of what you are going to go see.
5. Jam Factory, Rundle Mall Plaza More design studio than art gallery, the Jam Factory presents an amazing mix of beautifully designed functional objects, including furniture, as well as more abstract additions for your home. If you get overly excited by elegant homeware though, beware of the cost of entry (like my penance tax for daring to enter a bookstore)
Jam Factory Display Space
6. Tandanya Tandanya is an Aboriginal owned and run organisation, focused on giving an outlet for Aboriginal artists to express themselves, exploring both their traditional connection to the land as well as their modern identity. The art here ranges from traditionally created art through to modern visual artistic techniques. This gallery is the one where you are likely to learn the most out of all the ones listed.
7. Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Named thanks to a generous donation, this gallery is operated by the University of South Australia, and has both exhibits of particular artists, as well as displays of student works, including design competition winners. Well worth a visit if you have the time.