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Art Gallery of South Australia & Rhana Devenport ONZM

The Art Gallery of South Australia is a state of the art museum in central Adelaide, South Australia, which exhibits Australian and international art. Visitors to this beautiful museum will find that the gallery has an extensive range of modern and contemporary artworks alongside its more classical pieces like Aboriginal paintings.

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Art Gallery of South Australia & Rhana Devenport ONZM

The Art Gallery of South Australia is a state of the art museum in central Adelaide, South Australia, which exhibits Australian and international art. Visitors to this beautiful museum will find that the gallery has an extensive range of modern and contemporary artworks alongside its more classical pieces like Aboriginal paintings.

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Art Gallery of South Australia & Rhana Devenport ONZM

The Art Gallery of South Australia is a state of the art museum in central Adelaide, South Australia, which exhibits Australian and international art. Visitors to this beautiful museum will find that the gallery has an extensive range of modern and contemporary artworks alongside its more classical pieces like Aboriginal paintings.

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With the mandate to “advance Australian arts and foster new talent,” the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection boasts over 38,000 works of contemporary, historical and Indigenous art – ranging from painting to sculpture – and is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Led by Edward Davies Reynell, who donated money to a group intent on the “development of arts and crafts”, it was founded in 1881. The Art Gallery offers a comprehensive and diverse collection of art sourced locally, from migrants and from around the world.

Rhana Devenport ONZM

Rhana Devenport is a museum director, curator, writer, editor and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales, contemporary art spaces, and arts festivals. In 2018, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her ‘Services to Arts Governance’ in the New Year Honours List.

Devenport was previously Director at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa New Zealand until her appointment as Director to the Art Gallary of South Australia in 2018. Her interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based art, and audience engagement. Rhana was curator of ‘Lisa Reihana: Emissaries’, the New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia in 2017.

Devenport was the first woman to become director in the Art Gallery’s 137-year history. In collaboration with the Art Gallery’s Chair Tracey Whiting, Devenport now has the task of deciding how best to spend the biggest private cultural gift in Australian history – a whopping $38 million windfall is a legacy donation from James and Diana Ramsay. A once in a lifetime opportunity for Devenport and the Art Gallery. In 2020, Devenport was number 35 in the Advertiser’s list of influential South Australians. 

If art museums are to continue in their most relevant and vital form, they must know where they are and who they are connecting with, they must listen hard to artists, be immensely curious, and provide active platforms for new research, making and ideas; these trajectories should ensure a vital and open future.

Interview with Rhana Devenport, CIMAM 2021

Rhana Devenport ONZM

Education

Art can inspire, spark curiosity, engage critical thought and reveal different perspectives on the world around us. The Art Gallery of South Australia learning tours, workshops, programs and study resources encourage experimentation, enable discovery and enhance knowledge and skills for students at all levels. They apply to diverse learning areas, from art and design to science, maths, history, languages and more. In conjunction with the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery offers a unique graduate program in Curatorial and Museum Studies.

We seek to enliven and enrich the culture of the city and the state through collaboration and creativity.

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Membership of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery members provide important support in developing the celebrated artwork collections and making art and culture accessible to all. Much of what you experience at the Art Gallery of South Australia is made possible through the generosity of enthusiastic individuals. Joining means your membership will help the museum continue to present ambitious exhibitions, expand the diverse collection and deliver dynamic and inclusive programs for all ages. If the membership doesn’t suit you, then you can give back in other ways. The Art Gallery is always seeking volunteers and donations.

Restaurant – AGSA Eat

Presented in partnership with South Australian-owned Palmer Hospitality, the Art Gallery of South Australia has introduced new pop up AGSA Eat. Entice your tastebuds with coffee and a sweet treat, or enjoy a casual lunch offering of sandwiches, salads and charcuterie and cheese boards. There is some delicious locally sourced produce available.

The Art Gallery of South Australia Store (both on-site and on-line)

The Gallery Store is beside the Atrium and restaurant, on the Courtyard Level at the north end of the Gallery. Discover a selection of books, homewares, jewellery and children’s gifts, inspired by the Gallery’s collection and current exhibitions. From handcrafted contemporary jewellery, ceramics and glass to Aboriginal sculptures and woven baskets. The store is even available online. A 10% discount is extended to AGSA members (in-store and online), schools and full-time students (in-store only).

Location of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Conveniently located near to the South Australian Museum, you could try to visit both attractions in one day visit (if you’re able to absorb that much rich art and culture in one day!). Covering a total built-up area of 20,000 square metres, the spacious galleries make it an ideal location for gatherings and events for an enjoyable experience. Beautiful, iconic, and revered for its colonial-era architecture, the Art Gallery of South Australia has been a wonderful addition for inquisitive culture vultures, visitors and tourists.

The Art Gallery of South Australia is open every day (except December 25) from 10am to 5pm. You can keep up to date with special exhibits and events by visiting the event calendar on their website direct.

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