SASA Gallery, located in Adelaide’s West End, is a student-focused space that exhibits the work of UniSA Creative graduating students and researchers, along-side academic engagement programs and workshops.

It provides exhibition, research and integrated learning experiences for UniSA undergraduate and HDR candidates.

SASA Gallery welcomes all visitors, including school and group bookings.

Read & download the 2024 SASA Guidelines

Upcoming Exhibitions

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Thursday 15 February — Friday 22 March 2024 

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is an annual celebration of the strongest creative voices emerging from South Australia’s contemporary art scene.

Each year visual artists from Flinders University and the University of South Australia showcase their graduate works at this prominent arts event. In 2024 we will be moving to a new student-focused space, at SASA Gallery, University of South Australia.

A range of disciplines are displayed at the event, including ceramics, glass, installation, jewellery, moving image, painting, photo media, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles.

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition remains one of the most significant opportunities for emerging creatives in the country, thanks to the generosity of our award donors. This event has a long-standing history of providing a launch pad for the next generation of South Australian creatives, while also providing a snapshot of the future of contemporary art in our state.

Prepare to be moved by the drive and passion of the artists on display.


VIP Vernissage – Wednesday 14 February 2024
Opening Night – Thursday 15 February 2024
Gallery open Wednesdays to Saturdays

For more information
Contact Helpmann Academy (08) 7089 0720 /

Image: HaiZzy, Danse Macabre. Photo by Sam Roberts.



2023 Exhibitions


Christian Hall: Lines of Force

Lines of Force presents a creative enquiry into the relationship between scale, the materiality of steel, and notions of place.

Hall’s sculptural objects, with their open and wavering forms, refer to the construction of steel, its material resistance and the transformational forces of making. Each component embodies the potential energy that allows the objects to span and project into space.

Christian Hall’s exhibition examines forces, energies and effects that emanate from things and to which things are subject—invisible forces of interaction that undermine the notion of separate entities in the world.

Image: Christian Hall, Shutter #1 (detail), 2021, steel, 270 x 270 x 280mm. Photo: Sia Duff


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Tricia Ross: Earth matters

Tricia Ross' interdisciplinary research addresses the perilous state of the planet in the age of the Anthropocene. Bringing together printmaking, archive materials, photography, and painting, Earth matters confronts environmental impacts while imploring us to act on biocentric justice.

Weaving legal thinking and creative making, Ross draws our attention to the ongoing struggle to enact climate policies and proposes that in the face of irreversible climate change, ecological concerns require consideration about laws that do not currently exist.

Hope is a future where adverse climate impacts are mitigated.



Leslie Matthews: So near, that we can touch the spaces
10 February – 3 March 2023

So near, that we can touch the spaces presents Leslie Matthews practice-based investigation of the gestural line and how it informs our bodily knowledge of spatial perception and materiality. Matthews’ multi-disciplinary practice traverses, jewellery and works on paper. Drawing on diverse materials and processes including sterling silver, pigmented porcelain, vitreous enamels, etching, watercolour and gouache So near, that we can touch the spaces makes connections and offers reflections on the impermanence of life, the pathos of things and the intense emotions objects can evoke within us.

Image:  Leslie Matthews, brooches, 2022, porcelain, sterling silver oxidized

18 August—3 September

Using the medium of cardboard as its starting point, come and see the innovative, playful and experimental works of UniSA contemporary art students, staff and supporters and what cardboard can be transformed into when in their hands.

Open 10am—4pm, Tuesday—Fridays

and 11am—3pm Sundays. 

Chthonic: Inhabiting the Underworld

Placing archival material alongside contemporary works it includes installations by Dr. Urs Bette and Dr. Margit Brunier, ceramics by Lotte SchwerdtfegerPhoebe Kretschmerand Dr Tanya Court, paintings by John Forbusier and drawing by Tom Carment, photos by Xu Tiantian and finally a digital presentation from Ass Prof. Josh Zeunert.

Chthonic is a satellite exhibition associated with the AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) National Festival UN/EARTH to be held at the Wine Centre on 19-22, October 2023.

Image: Tom Carment, Weed on John Taylor's Grave, Adelaide West Terrace Cemetery, 2020, pencil on paper 30 x 21cm




SASA Gallery

Location Open Fridays 10am - 5pm or by appointment