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Icon of South Australia Frog Cake Exhibition

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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A South Australian Classic
I can recall a few years ago there was a survey to find South Australia's favourite icons. All sorts of items were nominated, but the one I vividly remember is the frog cake. Not a majestic building or invention, but our most unusual of cakes. I find them ridiculously sweet, but they have found their way into our home as a birthday treat. The question being to get a green, pink or brown frog cake? Now the colour selection of frog cakes goes wild with a new creative initiative set to forever reimagine the humble frog cake.

Frog cakes by en. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


An upcoming exhibition is set to celebrate the iconic frog cake. One hundred South Australian artists, hospital staff, politicians and other identities have been given license to reimagine their own frog cake for this exhibition, which will raise funds for mental health. Each of the entrants is designing a ceramic Frog Cake about two and a half times the size of a normal cake for the March exhibition.

Artist Banjobe Hunt
Artist Banjobe Hunt


The exhibition is being curated by artist David Ellis Moseley and ceramic artist Klaus Gutowski. Visitors will be able to purchase a unique piece of art. You could have your own piece of frog cake art for your kitchen dresser or bench.

A frog cake collaboration, Painter Lucy Bonnin and former Premier Lynn Arnold, celebrating Lynn's birthday.
A frog cake collaboration, Painter Lucy Bonnin and former Premier Lynn Arnold, celebrating Lynn's birthday.


Artists participating in this exhibition includes painter Richard Maurovic, who recently exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London; graffiti artist Vans the Omega; sculptor Silvio Appoyni; fine artist Donovan Christie; body painter Emma Hack; and former Mambo designer Gerry Wedd.

Sophia Nuske (ceramic artist)
Sophia Nuske (ceramic artist)


The Icon of South Australia Frog Cake Exhibition has already spawned much collaboration of well-known South Australians. Including the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne, who is working with Richard Maurovic, SA Arts Minister Jack Snelling has been paired with ceramicist Bruce Nuske. The renowned frog scientist Associate Professor Mike Tyler, from Adelaide University, is collaborating with Appoyni, convenor of Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium.

Money raised will go to the SAHMRI's Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience.
Money raised will go to the SAHMRI's Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience.


Other participants include actor Hugh Sheridan, chef Adam Liaw, former premier Lynn Arnold and Adelaide MP Kate Ellis. Each of the wards from the Women's and Children's Hospital is decorating a frog, as well as patients from the Flinders Medical Centre. At this stage there are over one hundred frogs.

Money raised will go to the SAHMRI's Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience.
Money raised will go to the SAHMRI's Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience.


The Frog Cake exhibition will be launched at the SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) on March 4 by Minister Jack Snelling. Ten selected Frog Cakes will be auctioned. The other works will be for sale. The exhibition will relocate to the Light Square Gallery from March 6-13. Money raised will go to the SAHMRI's Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience, with a focus on mental health.

Looking forward to this blaze of fun and creativity from artists, the public and many others. It is something uniquely South Australian that whether you are a fan of frog cakes or not, is part of our culture and South Australian identity.

More information about this unusual exhibition is available here
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Why? An icon of South Australia
When: Light Square Gallery from March 6-13.
Where: Light Square Gallery from March 6-13.
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What a great idea! I will pass the details of this exhibition on to a frog fanatic friend who had a GIANT green frog cake made for his recent birthday.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4046) 1322 days ago
they're wonderful. i love the innovation and imagination that so many people have - and that we live in a time that the talent can be shown. i'm always amazed when i see heywire, abc... all over the country, hidden talents on show.
Have been into the Rundle Mall (Adelaide) today, there was a time when Balfours with their frog cakes was the only place to eat. Loved it today, went into the Apple shop... not to buy but look at the art work on the walls, i love the way most shops present themselves now..
P'raps the new frog cakes can decorate a wall somewhere, or perhaps they already do.
and.... i love the 'cheese grater' building as this family calls it. I saw Lucy Turnbull on The Mix... saying she thought there was some wonderful building design in Adelaide.!!!! this building is one I'm sure.
by sandw (score: 1|58) 1307 days ago
I agree, an innovative way to celebrate frog cakes
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1321 days ago
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