The Art Gallery of South Australia is home to a collection of more than 40,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, sketches, photographs, textiles and design masterpieces sourced from every corner of the planet, attracting 780,000 visitors per year. Founded in 1881, this gallery isn’t just the state’s premier collection of art, it’s also one of the most gorgeous buildings on Adelaide’s leafy cultural boulevard — North Terrace — perched right next door to the University of Adelaide.
The South Australian Museum — the Art Gallery of South Australia’s next-door neighbour — is home to the largest collection of Aboriginal Australian artefacts anywhere on earth, housed in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. This natural history museum has five floors of displays to explore, including rare fossils of a six-metre long snake and a giant leaf-eating kangaroo.
These purpose-built studios train aspiring artists and designers in the fields of ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and metalwork, and the exhibition and retail space showcases some of the best contemporary craft and design anywhere in Australia. The government-funded organisation has a gallery on Morphett St just off North Terrace in the middle of town, as well as Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley.
Tandanya — a Kaurna word meaning ‘place of the red kangaroo’ — is the oldest Aboriginal-owned and operated arts centre, with almost three decades under its belt. Located on Grenfell St in the East End of the city, the museum is an interactive arts space that promotes the art and story-telling of Australia’s First Peoples.