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Where else can you be drawn into a world of pure imagination, where burned sheep bones, digital printed fabric, plastic beads, lamé, salvaged tents and plaid laundry bags are transformed into visually stunning works of art that inspire both the lover of art and the critic in us all: only at the Art Gallery of South Australia until the 27th August during the Ramsay Art Prize Exhibition.

Specifically for artists under the age of 40, the exhibition showcases the finalist entries from the Ramsay Art Prize with entries from any subject or medium such as Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye. This winning entry from NSW artist Sarah Contos is a colossal quilt which references popular culture, eroticism and art history.

art exhibition, Ramsay Art Prize, Art Galley of SA, Sarah Contos
Sarah Contos, Australia, born 1978, Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye, 2016, screen-print on linen, canvas and lamé, digital printed fabrics and various found fabrics, PVC, poly-fil, glass, ceramic and plastic beads, thread, artists' gloves, 610 x 330 x 25 cm; Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and STATION Gallery, Melbourne. Gift of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation for the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize. Photo: Saul Steed

The work of Keg de Souza will become a talking point for all ages when you visit, We Built this City, a temporary architectural installation created from salvaged tents and reconfigured as a reading room.

art exhibition, Ramsay Art Prize, Art Galley of SA, Keg de Souza
Keg de Souza, Australia, born 1984, We Built this City, 2016, salvaged tents, plaid laundry bags, discussions, publications, dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Phoung Le

Karrawirra Yerta, which translates to 'river red gum country' explores the political complexity of environmental management, land ownership and custodianship, is the compelling work of South Australian artist, James Taylor, highlighted amongst the many other exceptional artists works on display.

art exhibition, Ramsay Art Prize, Art Galley of SA, James Taylor
James Tylor, Australia, born 1986, Nunga (Kaurna) people, South Australia, Karrawirra Yerta (Ngarritya Hanging tree), 2016, Becqurerel Daguerreotype, 10 x 12 cm; Courtesy of the artist and GAG Projects – Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.

While The Ramsay's judges are often eminent art citizens, you also get to be both critic and judge by casting your vote for your favourite artworks from the exhibition in the People's Choice Prize, a cash incentive of $15,000 for the artist, supported by Lipman Karas and open for voting until the 6th August.

There are several events that complement the exhibition through creative learning experiences, opportunities and resources for students and teachers to connect with The Australia Curriculum: Visual Arts, guided and self-guided exhibition visits for schools or by creating an opportunity to simply chill out and listen to jazz while enjoying the Ramsay Art Prize Exhibition.

Key event dates you'll want lock into your diary:

Mon 29 May 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017
Take a guided session or enjoy the exhibition through independent self-guided group learning.
10am - 5pm. Weekdays during school term (60 min)

Fri 7 Jul 2017 - Fri 7 Jul 2017
Experience a guided tour to learn more about the country's richest art prize for young contemporary artists. Join our First Friday drawing tour or sit back and enjoy the distinctive jazz tunes of the James Muller Quartet. Presented by Santos
From 5pm

Mon 10 Jul 2017 - Fri 14 Jul 2017
Draw, etch, ink and print using monotype printmaking methods following a tour of the prints on display.
10am, 11.30am & 1pm
$10 pp

Mon 17 Jul 2017 - Mon 17 Jul 2017
Explore a variety of print mediums in an artist-led workshop and create a limited edition print for your collection.
10am–1pm or 1.30–4.30pm
Neo Teens, Students
$20 pp

Tue 25 Jul 2017 - Tue 25 Jul 2017
Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, discusses the first Ramsay Art Prize: new tendencies, practices and languages in Australian art.  

Sun 6 Aug 2017 - Sun 6 Aug 2017
Showcasing South Australia's youngest Living Artists in the 6th annual START Art Prize exhibition.
START, Students

Tue 8 Aug 2017 - Tue 8 Aug 2017
Elle Freak shares her insights on the work of South Australian artists selected for the Ramsay Art Prize.

Mon 14 Aug 2017 - Fri 18 Aug 2017
This multi-site learning program provides opportunities for students in years 4-7 to connect with the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Visual Arts. In a guided session students explore the science of art in the permanent collection, SALA displays and the Ramsay Art Prize exhibits.
Venture next door to the South Australian Museum to delve deeper into the National Science Week theme 'Future Earth.'
10am - 2pm. (3 x 60 min sessions at each site 10am, 11:30am & 1pm)

Tue 22 Aug 2017 - Tue 22 Aug 2017
Rebecca Evans, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, discusses her favourites in the Ramsay Art Prize.  
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Why? every one is a critic
When: Daily until the 27th August
Phone: 0882077033
Where: The Art Gallery of South Australia
Cost: Free to minimal cost events
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