The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery presents exhibitions that reflect its themes

Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.  

Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm, Closed on Public Holidays. 
UniSA Hawke Building - Level 3, UniSA City West Campus, 55 North Terrace
Free Entry

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Quilts are inherently special objects. Made by an individual for their home, or by a group for their community, quilts are representative of love and connection. Using quilts to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS was the idea of US activist Cleve Jones, who among others founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (1987). This distinctive memorial is today the largest piece of community folk art in the world.

The Quilt Project expanded internationally, and by 1989 more than twenty countries had launched similar commemorative projects based on the Quilt. The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project emerged in 1988, when Andrew Carter visited the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Atlanta. Inspired by his experience he connected with friends to create the first quilt panels and establish a similar project in Australia.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and South Australia Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health (SAMESH), as part of Feast Festival

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Image: Various Makers (Australia) Quilt Block Number 7 late 1980’s Mixed media On loan from SAMESH/Thorne Harbour Health

8 DECEMBER 2022 - 27 JAN 2023


Presenting the C-IDEA Design Award 2021.

The C-IDEA Design Award is an annual multinational juried design competition. With jury members from 20 countries, and over 30 representatives from high-profile designers to educators, these awards aim to recognise and promote visionary talents. Representing a wide array of design fields, works range from Industrial Design, Architecture, Interior Design, illustration, Animation, Fashion, Communication Design, and New Media.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and UniSA Creative

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UNTIL 29 JUNE  2022

bob hawke

This exhibition reflects on the ideas that helped shape Bob Hawke’s vision for a multicultural Australia – one that celebrates diversity and cultural understanding. The exhibition illustrates how Hawke’s abhorrence to racism influenced national and international affairs, and thus became an important part of his legacy.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library

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Image: ALP’s 1987 policy Working together for a multicultural Australia; Prime Minister, (Bob Hawke Collection, unprocessed)

4 JULY - 16 DECEMBER 2022


The Hawke Government had a strong agenda for improving social justice including the rights of women at work and at home.

This exhibition explores the fight for women’s rights since Federation and the progress made towards equity, inclusion and diversity pertaining to gender in Australia. It celebrates the gains in reproductive rights, education and workplace involvement while also highlighting there is still much to do.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library

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Image: Prime Minister Hawke with Pam O’Neill, Australia’s first Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 1984. Image courtesy of the National Australian Archives: A6180, 20/7/84/15, held in the Bob Hawke Collection.


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An informative exhibition tracking the paradigm shift in Australian values, policies, and international relations pursued by the Hawke government. From educational access, to Aboriginal advancement, to anti-sex discrimination, to Medicare, to the saving of the Franklin River and Kakadu, to the lifting of trade barriers and the vital furthering of the China relationship, the re-shaping of Australia is embedded in the history of this government.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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Image: The Hon Bob Hawke AC GCL addressing a crowd at Victoria Square after leading the Labour Day procession down King William Street on Saturday, 11th October 1980. Photographer Jenny Scott. State Library of South Australia / CC BY (


7 FEBRUARY - 14 APRIL 2022


Is it true what they say, there’s no place like home? Let’s find out.

Exploring the theme of Home, Sanaa Exhibition, features contemporary Australian based artists from Aboriginal, African, Iranian, Colombian and Brazilian backgrounds alongside international artists from India, Senegal, Kenya and South Africa.

Curated by Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity, co-presented and sponsored by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and supported by Principal Partner LK

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Image: Top Banner: Artist, Carly Dodd; Top Right: Artist,  Katherine Gailer, "Girl of The Mountain" ; Right: Artist, Faraja Umutoni, University of South Australia student

2 MAY - 3 JUNE 2022


When Afghan-Hazara refugee, photographer and human rights activist, Muzafar Ali, discovers that Afghans have been in Australia for 160 years it inspires a photographic journey to meet their descendants, his Watandar. His search takes him to the remote deserts, old Ghantowns and suburbs of South Australia.

An exhibition about identity and belonging. 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, as part of South Australia's History Festival

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Image: Bejah Dervish at Mullewa, WA, leaving for the Calvert Expedition, 1896. State Library of South Australia 

8 JUNE - 29 JUNE 2022

my story my way

My Story, My Way is a youth art competition and exhibition featuring the artwork of young people from a refugee and migrant background. Giving full expressive control to the artist in the medium of their choice, they share their past, their hopes and their dreams. Accompanying the exhibition is an artist market showcasing artworks from people of all ages from a refugee and migrant background. Selected artworks will be available for sale. 

The exhibition includes short films and stills from the Ghan International Film Festival Australia

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Australian Refugee Association (ARA)

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4 - 29 JULY 2022


Adaptation - the act or process of changing to better suit a situation.

This exhibition features artworks by local emerging artists who attend the art programs run by Neami National; a community mental health service supporting people living with mental health issues to pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals. The theme of the exhibition is “Adaptation: the act or process of changing to better suit a situation.” As individuals and communities we’ve all had to adapt to living with COVID. Neami Artists have drawn on inspiration from their own constant process of adaptation, the most recent, holding studio sessions online and reinventing their home art practices. From modern abstracts in acrylic to digital photography this exhibition brings together a broad range of arts practice and an eclectic range of creativity.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Neami National

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3 - 31 AUGUST 2022

elyas alavi exhibition

Timeless presents a diverse group of Australian and international contemporary artists – across several media, including painting, installation, photography and video which explores the themes of migration, memory, identity and body.

Curated by Elyas Alavi, participating artists include South Australian artists Truc Truong, Allison Chhorn, Tikari Rigney, Matthew Thorne, Maxwell Callaghan, Meng Zhang, Akhtar Esmailzadeh, Jefferson Ofesi, Mahnoosh Rudd and Shuja’Ath Ahmadi, as well as international artists, Mohsen Hossaini (Norway), Jawad Khalili (Iran) and Reza Heidari Shahbidak, Kobra Akbari, Ali Omid Taqdisyan, and Marwa Ezzat (Afghanistan).

Commissioned and Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, and supported by City of Adelaide as part of SALA Festival

Image: Artist, Maxwell Callaghan, Disappeared People

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6 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2022

andrew quilty exhibition

Andrew Quilty was one of a handful of Western journalists present in Kabul as the city fell. This photographic exhibition captures the chaotic final days of America’s capitulation to the Taliban, and the story of how America’s longest war came to an abrupt and tumultuous end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down.

Andrew Quilty has established himself as one of Australia’s great war reporters. Andrew is the recipient of nine Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley, for his work on Afghanistan, where he has been based since 2013. 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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Content warning:
Please be advised that visitors may find some of these images confronting and distressing.

Image: August in Kabul Book Cover, showing August 31, 2021, at Hamid Karzai International Airport as Taliban fighters from across Afghanistan explored the airfield 18 hours after the last US troops departed.


match tournament

This year’s exhibition from Match Studio will display student outcomes and concepts from the 2022 Match Tournament, and for the seventh year running concepts from the Visualising Mental Health project, demonstrating Match Studio’s ongoing commitment to nurturing a collaborative community of practice that includes students, teaching academics, researchers, industry and community organisations.

The work created by UniSA students will be on display in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in October, coinciding with Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day (10 October). 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Match Studio, UniSA

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Image: Winners of the 2021 Match Tournament:"Neighbourly Notes"

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 - and Building our future

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within the Hawke Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.