​Refined, mesmerising and psychologically complex, the artworks in Samstag’s Spring Season engage with the present moment, look back to the past and remind us of the rich and varied practices of artists living and connected to South Australia.


Samstag’s Spring Season continues our longstanding and distinguished artist-led series, focusing on new works by South Australian artists Amos Gebhardt and Kirsten Coelho.

Amos Gebhardt's Small acts of resistance is a work created through the inaugural South Australian Film Corporation and SALA Festival’s Artist in Residence commission.

Upstairs, 2020 SALA feature artist Kirsten Coelho presents Ithaca, a new installation of porcelain vessels influenced by the canonical Western text The Odyssey by Ancient Greek poet Homer.

Alongside these two exhibitions, Samstag is honoured to present the major survey exhibition Strange Ways by Samstag Scholar Anne Wallace in partnership with QUT Art Museum.

ON ART / 2020 SPRING SEASON EVENTS

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SPRING SEASON OPENS / AMOS GEBHARDT ARTIST TALK

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Samstag's 2020 Spring Season.

Listen to Amos Gebhardt discuss their new work Small acts of resistance with exhibition curator Joanna Kitto, and be the first to see new solo exhibitions by Anne Wallace, Amos Gebhardt and Kirsten Coelho.

Refined, mesmerising and psychologically complex, the artworks in Samstag’s Spring Season engage with the present moment, look back to the past and remind us of the rich and varied practices of artists living and connected to South Australia. 

Friday 16 October
5—6.30pm (Artist Talk at 5.30pm)
Samstag, UniSA

WRITING ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART

Join Wendy Walker and Kirsten Coelho for a lively discussion around working with a contemporary artist to write about their work.

Wendy is an art critic, editor and author of the 2020 SALA monograph dedicated to Kirsten’s artistic practice spanning three decades. They will discuss the research involved, the way a writer follows thematic threads, and unveils details about the artworks through observation of the work and discussions with the artist.

Samstag's ON ART program expands on our exhibitions with performances, talks and films. Open to students and anyone interested in contemporary art and ideas.

Thursday 29 October
1—2pm
Samstag, UniSA

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KIRSTEN COELHO IN CONVERSATION WITH HONOR FREEMAN

Hear from Kirsten Coelho in conversation with fellow ceramicist Honor Freeman against the backdrop of Kirsten's installation of graceful porcelain forms.

Musician Derek Pascoe will perform Penelope, a new work composed in response to Homer’s Odyssey.

First stop in the WEST END ART TALKS. Hear from some of South Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists in a series of free talks at Samstag, ACE Open and JamFactory to coincide with exhibitions of new work by each artist/organisation. Attendees will walk between venues – a short stroll – as a group.

CANCELLED / We will be bringing this talk to you in the digital space. Stay tuned for details.

FILM SCREENING / LAURA

After all that conversation, sink into a comfortable seat at Mercury Cinema for a screening of the black and white film noir classic, Laura. Psychologically complex, stylish, beautifully cast, it’s a well-crafted murder mystery set in the world of advertising in New York. Stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

Laura is presented to accompany Anne Wallace: Strange Ways.

POSTPONED / Stay tuned for details.

 

Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.