2016 exhibitions

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is open 9am-5pm weekdays and Thursdays until 7pm, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.

Fire Monkey Studio: A South Australia & Shandong Preview Exhibition
3 February - 11 March

Exhibition will be open on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February from 10am - 5pm.

Away in The Land of the Wattle and Gum - Gus Clutterbuck (photo credit Grant Hancock)

Opening in February 2016 to coincide with Chinese New Year and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the South Australia and Shandong Sister State Relationship, this exhibition will preview and celebrate the launch of a new residency project for artists and creatives in Qingdao, China.

The Residency aims to embrace and further develop the creative, cultural and commercial links between SA and Shandong Province, by providing selected artists an exciting creative space to engage with Chinese art, history, and culture.

The exhibition has been produced by the Australia China Development Company and Gus Clutterbuck Art & Design, and supported and presented by the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.  It will present the work of Australian artists working across the genres of contemporary art, fashion and film, in a dynamic collection of works that indicate the possibilities of this new space. More information.

Who Are We Anyway
17 March - 28 April

Traditional Hazara girls from Bamyan, Afghanistan. Photo credit: Muzafar Ali

Who Are We Anyway? is a video, photography and interactive exhibition exploring themes of belonging and identity through a refugee community living in Cisarua, Indonesia. In the middle of a refugee journey and unable to move forward or backwards, the refugees have started a school, The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre.

Through each visual medium the audience will glean a different perspective on the community, challenging and expanding their own perspectives and understandings of the refugee experience. More information

Join us for a discussion based on the exhibition, exploring the theme: 'The Power of Connection' , 14 April, 6pm.

Three Food Icons: Cheong, Maggie and the Market
2 May - 2 June

Tony Lewis Adelaide Central MarketSouth Australian photographer Tony Lewis presents a triptych of his favourite food-oriented work for The Hawke Centre and Tasting Australia – a collection of the food of iconic cooks Cheong Liew and Maggie Beer, and a look at life in the Adelaide Central Market.

The images he’s gathered take us behind the scenes at the market, showing aspects of life there not usually seen by its customers – as well as insights into South Australia’s most influential and popular food identities.
More information

2016 SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Exhibition
6 June - 1 July

2016 Primary School runner up_Ottie AttwoodThe exhibition is part of a growing visual dialogue describing multiculturalism, anti-racism and human rights, and celebrating cultural diversity. Students from primary to tertiary level have created posters that celebrate the UN International Refugee Convention by communicating how refugees are welcomed, become part of, or contribute to the Australian "family".

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design

To Tell Another’s Story
Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition 2016
4 - 8 July

Jahromi and Banoo Iran by Artist James DeanARA's third annual portrait exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. It honours the thousands of refugees they walk alongside each year as they face the challenges and joys of building a new life in South Australia.

The exhibition encapsulates themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association

Europe After The Rain
13 July - 5 August

John FoxxThis exhibition, from visual artist and pioneer of electronic music John Foxx, focuses on the complex interplay between identity, memory, architecture, and time and place.  The images made from photographs and found objects were gathered over a period of around thirty years by Foxx in his travels across Britain and Europe.

Here is the subtext of the modern European world - the overlooked, forgotten, neglected and unnoticed. A palimpsest of images, from Rome to the east end of London, abandoned Manchester factories to prehistoric settlements in the south of France, incorporating statuary, ruins, overgrown gardens and once familiar objects worn and altered by time and weather.

Europe After The Rain presents no less than a critique of oblique identities - glimpses of a world hiding in plain sight, populated by the forgotten, the lost and the melancholic - largely unnoticed, yet ever present in the European industrial cities of today. 

Presented by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Hawke Research Institute

Emergencies, Natural Disasters, Epidemics and Conflicts
10 August - 2 September

‘Without Borders’ is an inspiring and confronting photographic exhibition of the people Médecins Sans Frontières provides humanitarian medical assistance to.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid. This exhibition captures their humanitarian aid work through the eyes of award winning photographers. The photographs provide evidence about the critical situations their medical teams are working on and also help to raise money, raise awareness, recruit vital staff and inspire people to help.  To find out more about the work of MSF or to donate visit www.msf.org.au

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Médecins Sans Frontières Australia 


2016 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Exhibition
10 August - 2 September

Gertrud Hatvani-KovacsTo celebrate the University of South Australia’s 25th birthday and our research, the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation is delighted to present the 2016 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Exhibition. The exhibition is the culmination of our Images of Research competition in which UniSA staff and students showcase their compelling research images. These images tell a story about the research we do at UniSA and the people who make it happen. The 21 images on display are nominees for the People’s Choice Award, so make sure you vote for your favourite!

The Futures of Waste: Photographic Perspectives
7 September - 7 October

The latest report from the UN’s Environmental Program is predicting that our global urban waste production, estimated at between 7 and 10 billion tonnes a year, is set to double in developing nations within fifteen years. At present around 3 billion people, mostly in these nations, do not have formal collection systems or controlled waste disposal.

The exhibition of photographs will show the origins and dimensions of waste making, at all scales and in every region, with a particular emphasis on our own Asia Pacific region. Featuring work from selected international and award winning photographers, these images provide a reflective commentary on the environmental and social dimensions of our global waste crisis.

This exhibition complements two public events: the ‘Futures of Waste’ Seminar, held on Thursday 8 September and a Keynote address following the Seminar delivered by Professor Veena Sahajwalla: The role of sustainability and materials in the new innovation economy: Green Materials from Waste Resources’.

The launch included an address by Vaughan Levitzke, PSM, CE, Green Industries SA (incorporating Zero Waste SA).  

CHART 2016, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’
12 October – 4 November

John Foxx

A thematically linked multi-media Exhibition, these artworks reflect on different concepts and themes surrounding the title ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, either in practice or in idea.

Art is an integral part of Catherine House’s work, and aims to provide women experiencing homelessness with creative opportunities to tap into their unknown artistic gifts and talents.

CHart 2016  is Catherine House's most ambitious exhibition to date, and is also the first involving artist and instructor Ava Leitner. More information

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Catherine House Inc.

Designed to Make a Difference: Visualising Mental Health
12 October - 4 November

Mental ill health is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Psychologists along with other mental health professionals play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of mental ill health. One of the ongoing challenges psychologists face in doing this is communicating important mental health concepts to the wider community. It was this challenge that led Dr Gareth Furber to make contact with Match Studio to discuss how psychologists could collaborate with emerging designers to create engaging and informative mental health education materials for the general public. 

Facilitated by Match Studio this exhibition presents the culmination of a 12 week co-design project between UniSA’s third year Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) students and psychologists from the Psychology and Health Forum. More information

Welcome House
 9 - 30 November

An exhibition created by members of the refugee community, who receive support from Kilburn’s ‘Mercy House of Welcome’, and were mentored by South Australian artists: Mark Valenzuela, Angelica Harris-Faull, Murtazar Hussaini, Helen Fuller and Sandra Starkey.

Artists and refugees worked together and explored themes, such as: culture, identity and place, in a series of collaborative ceramic and printmaking workshops. Artists were encouraged to make their own work in response to their time spent in this community, on site at Mercy House, during the six-month period. The exhibition features ceramic sculptures, pots and objects, lino prints and photographs.

This program was supported by Arts SA, and devised and run by The Art Bus; which is a mobile visual arts studio that seeks to transform lives through creative experience.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, The Art Bus and Mercy House of Welcome

Adelaide’s International Jubilee Exhibition and Building (1887-1962)
9 - 30 November

Adelaide International Jubilee Exhibition buildingFrom its inception as a showpiece in which to hold the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition, the Exhibition Building on North Terrace has played an important role in the social and cultural lives of South Australians.

The building and its grounds would become home to the Royal Adelaide Show, the South Australian School of Art and the South Australian School of Mines and Industries.

This exhibition, accompanied by a book, explores the 1887 Exhibition and tracks the building’s subsequent uses until its untimely demise in 1962.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia



Make it. Better. 2016 Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition
5 - 21 Decembe

The Master of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Industrial Design, International Industrial Design Exhibition showcases the creative talent of UniSA's Industrial Design students. The work featured includes innovative practice-based design investigations and collaborative design projects with industry partners.

The exhibition is highly regarded in the sector, creating employment opportunities for students.

Presented with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA


Past exhibitions: 

2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007


The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre reserves the right to change this exhibition program at any time without notice.


While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.