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Palmer Sculpture Biennial

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
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Award Winning Sculpture Exhibition
The Palmer Sculpture Biennial, first staged in 2004, is returning to us in 2018 as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)


This very special event displays sculpture against the great Australian land and skies, in direct opposition to indoor galleries and their austere white walls.

Works from sculptors - both Australian and those from overseas - will be on display and open to the public for four weeks from March 17th to April 15th. Entry is free.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)


The artists who will be exhibited at this year's biennial are:

From South Australia:

Mary Ann Santin (the 2018 Biennial emerging artist), David Atkins, India Flint, Curator Greg Johns, David Kerr, Stephen Lloyd, Phillip McGillivray-Tory, Ray Meandering, Renate Nisi, Astra Parker, Tim Shaw, Deb Sleeman, Westley Tully, Ronda Wallis, Clancy Warner, Michael Kluvanek and Lorry Wedding Marchioro.

Four overseas artists will be exhibited – Carlotta Brunetti from Germany, Karl Chilcott from Sweden, Peter Lundberg from the USA and Titus Eichenberger from Switzerland.

Interstate artists include Jennifer Cochrane from WA, Sally Kidall from NSW, Flossie Peitsch from Victoria, and Amanda Stuart from the ACT with works from Indigenous artists from the Peramangk community and the Tiwi Islanders.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Curator Greg Johns at the Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)


The hills and landscape that provide the canvas for the artworks is a sprawling 400-acre landholding, owned by Greg Johns. Sculptures of differing sizes and materials are majestic on this pristine Australian landscape - the big blue skies and the cloud filled horizons are a perfect backdrop for the artists' works.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)


The Palmer Sculpture Biennial was the overall winner of the BankSA Best Visual Art and Design at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and has become one of Australia's most significant presentations of contemporary sculpture and is truly a world-class event.

Visitors are welcome to stroll the entire landscape and to enjoy the rocky hills and sensational views over the Murraylands at their own leisure, but for those who may find the steep hills a bit limiting, Greg generously offers to drive you around the exhibition site in his 4WD. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11 am to 5.30 pm on weekends and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm each Wednesday until the 15th of April.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)


Suitable for:
Ambulant people only. A medium level of fitness is required. There are steep paths and uneven trails and they are not suitable for walkers, wheelchairs or prams. Lifts to the peak are available landowners discretion. Please ask nicely :)

What to take:
Sensible walking shoes, sunscreen, water, hat, food and your camera. A first aid kit, a toilet and water are available at the Hut at the top of the hill

What's not allowed:
Please note that smoking, dogs and other pets are not permitted anywhere on the property

Palmer is 70 kms east of Adelaide, approximately 1 hour from the CBD and just 15 kms from Mannum on the Murray River. You will find the Palmer Sculpture Biennial approximately 3.5 kms north of Palmer on the eastern side of Davenport Road. Entry is free.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Palmer Sculpture Biennial (©paula mcmanus)
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Why? Soak up the art and get some air in your lungs as you wander through this exhibition in a great big Australian landscape.
When: 17th March to 15th April, 2018
Where: Palmer, South Australia
Cost: Free
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