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Sue Kneebone
Continental Drift II (detail) 2012
giclée print
80 x 65 cm
courtesy the artist

Testing Ground

22 February - 4 May 2014

Curator Julie Gough

This exhibition aims to destabilise populist expectations about culture, nature and place. A veritable laboratory, it comprises work by 14 artists of diverse national and international backgrounds who are literally ‘testing’ new ideas, new forms and new ways of working. Including large and intimate scale sculpted objects, installations, photographs and new media; works offer unexpected insights into inheritance, cultural practice and co-existence.

1491s, Ólöf Björnsdóttir, Trudi Brinckman, Darren Cook, Rebecca Dagnall, Sue Kneebone, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Jeroen Offerman, Perdita Phillips, r e a, Keren Ruki, Christian Thompson, Martin Walch and Siying Zhou

Testing Ground is a Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania.



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Anarchist Feminist Poster Collective
Mother Nature is a Lesbian (detail) 1981
38 x 51.3 cm
FUAM 2879.007
courtesy the artist

Mother Nature is a Lesbian

Political Printmaking in South Australia 1970s-1980s

10 May - 13 July 2014

Curator Celia Dottore

Documenting the contribution of South Australian artists to an era of international political printmaking, Mother Nature captures the passion, energy and momentum for change unleashed during the revolutionary reign of Don Dunstan and broader movements worldwide against conservative politics. In the graphic language of this pre-digital world, works speak to the subjects of war, feminism, sexual equality, race relations and environmental protection – begging the question some 40 years later, ‘just how far have we come?’ 

Anarchist Feminist Poster Collective, Jayne Amble, Ken Bolton, Robert Boynes, Jim Cane, Greg Donovan, Stephen Fox, Kerry Kurwingie Giles, Pamela Harris, Andrew Hill, David Kerr, Mandy Martin, Kate Millington, Ann Newmarch, Byron Pickett, Helen Printer, Kivubiro Tabawebbula, Mark Thomson and Eugenia Tsoulis among others


Presented in conjunction with this exhibition:

POSTERED: Adelaide

19 May - 13 June 2014

Curated by Joshua Searson and Jake Holmes from Print Cult collective

What does the term "poster" mean to you? A space for mindless advertising, political propaganda, or art? By inviting contemporary South Australian artists and graphic designers to answer this question, POSTERED will explore the place of the printed poster in the modern world.

Featuring the work of over 40 South Australian artists and graphic designers

Tooth and Nail Gallery

22-28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 10am-5pm




Olympus Vanox Microscope
various parts disassembled
photograph: Ian Gibbins

The Microscope Project

26 July - 21 September

Curators Fiona Salmon and Madeline Reece

Exploring the interstices of neuroscience, molecular biology and art making, this exhibition premiers new work by five South Australian artists in response to a suite of decommissioned microscopic instruments. Speaking to the physical, aesthetic and conceptual elements of the microscopes and the images they once formed, works question how we see or perceive the world visually, how these ‘realities’ might be described or interpreted, and how they are interconnected.   

Nicholas Folland, Ian Gibbins, Deb Jones, Catherine Truman, Angela Valamanesh

The Microscope Project is supported by Arts SA through the New Exhibitions Fund, the University of Adelaide and Flinders Anatomy.






Ben Quilty
Trooper Luke Korman (detail), painted in Robertson, NSW, 2012
aerosol and oil on linen
190 x 140 cm
acquired under the official art scheme in 2012, ART94526
courtesy the artist

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

27 September - 30 November

Curator Laura Webster

Ben Quilty spent three months in Afghanistan as an official war artist for the Australian War Memorial in 2011. During this time he observed the experiences of Australian servicemen and women serving in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kot as part of Operation Slipper. The result of this engagement, After Afghanistan comprises large-scale studio paintings and works on paper exposing the intense physicality of the soldiers and the emotional and psychological consequences of their service.   

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an Australian War Memorial Travelling Exhibition









Donna Davis
REsource (detail), 2013
mixed media installation
courtesy the artist

Bimblebox: art - science - nature

6 December - 8 February 2015

Curator Beth Jackson

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge, located in central-west Queensland, is currently threatened by a massive new coal development. In response, a diverse group of artists spent 10 days on the sanctuary developing new work that bears witness to the unique semi-arid desert uplands at risk. Informed by scientific research, historical texts and the land itself, the resulting exhibition includes installation, works on paper, painting, artist books, digital storytelling and sound. Bimblebox is a catalyst for discourse on land protection, management and use.  

Alison Clouston and Boyd, Howard Joe Butler, Kaylene Butler, Dr Pamela CroftWarcon, Donna Davis, Emma Lindsay, Fiona MacDonald, Samara McIlroy, Liz Mahood, Glenda Orr, Michael Pospischil, Jude Roberts, Luke Roberts, Jill Sampson, Gerald Soworka, Shayna Wells

Bimblebox: art – science – nature is a touring exhibition partnered by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland and Redland Art Gallery in association with Bimblebox Nature Refuge.  Supported by The Gordon Darling Foundation and proudly sponsored by Artfully, Tangible Media, Planet Boab and





All exhibitions are supported by


Visions of Australia is an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.