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 - 5pm, Thursdays until 6pm, Closed on Public Holidays. 
UniSA Hawke Building - Level 3, UniSA City West Campus, 55 North Terrace
Free Entry

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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

3 - 31 AUGUST 2022

elyas alavi exhibition

Curated by acclaimed South Australian artist Elyas Alavi, this exhibition explores the themes of memory, migration, identity, and body.

TIMELESS presents a diverse group of Australian and international contemporary artists – across several media, including painting, sculpture, installation, and video. Participating artists include South Australian artists Matthew Thorne, Meng Zhang, Jefferson Ofesi, Truc Truong, Mahnoosh Rudd, Akhtar Esmailzadeh, Allison Chhorn, Tikari Rigney and Maxwell Callaghan, as well as international emerging artists Maryam Hina Hasnain (Pakistan), Jawad Khalili (Iran), Mohsen Hossaini (Norway), Kobra Akbari, Marwa Ezzat, Ali Omid Taqdisyan and Reza Haidari Shahbidak (Afghanistan).

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

Image: Artist, Matthew Horne, The Sand That Ate The Sea 1


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

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

7 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


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)


bob hawke

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

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.