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There are a few places in Adelaide that I love to walk around and enjoy their rich architectural heritage. Parts of the city, areas of Semaphore and Largs Bay, and much of Port Adelaide all contain remnants of iconic buildings that define periods of South Australia's history.
These buildings remind us of past periods of Adelaide's success and wealth, when the sweat and blood of honest toil produced enough income for many early settlers and migrants to bring up a family with meagre resources. Times when South Australia truly was great, with booming industry, shipping and prosperous agriculture keeping the state ahead of its competitors interstate.
Historic Adelaide Milling Company Mill in Port Adelaide
South Australian artists David Kennett and Michael Hocking have spent a great deal of time exploring these built icons of Port Adelaide's history - including Hart's Mill, the Lipson Street precinct, Customs House, The Wool Stores, Docks 1, 2 & 3, and the wharves, sheds, bridges, and ships of the Port River.
With preservation of historic buildings considered unimportant by the present government, this visual documentation of the Port Adelaide environment contributes an important heritage record to our cultural collection. Not only that, but the artists' interpretation and depiction of these buildings adds an extra level of pleasure to seeing these iconic places.
While Michael Hocking is a lifelong resident of Port Adelaide, David Kennett is not - but I was struck by the depth of feeling inherent in David's work when I first saw it on display at the Semaphore Community Markets. The accurate rendition of landmarks I knew from the Port drew my eye straight away. While I haven't previously seen Michael's work, both artists have been recognised for past efforts with a variety of awards.
The free Port Adelaide: Paintings and Drawings Art Exhibition is being held at the Black Diamond Gallery on Commercial Road in Port Adelaide. It's part of the Port Community Arts Centre and conveniently situated near the centre of town. The exhibition only runs for two weeks from September 14-29, but offers a golden opportunity for you to revisit the Port and see its historical buildings, then perhaps to renew your own vision of Port Adelaide in beautiful spring weather.
While the recent Tall Ships visit was a great encouragement to see Port Adelaide's wharves, I personally prefer to explore with a few less people. Who knows, you may be inspired by these artists to wander around and produce your own works of this area anchored so firmly in its maritime past.