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Winds of Change Exhibition

19 February-12 March 2017

RSASA Members Autumn Exhibition

To be opened Sunday 19th February 2017 @ 2pm by Dr Adam Dukiewicz, RSASA Past President, and Life Member.

where: RSASA Gallery, Level 1 Institute Building, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide 5000.

Featuring the "Rock Stars of the RSASA" Coralie Armstrong, David Baker, Bev Bills, Pip Fletcher, Heather Lorenzon, Frey Micklethwait, Leonid Olijinyk, Alan Ramachandran, Gerhart Ritter, Stephanie Schrapel, Babs Sinclair, Steve Smart, Cathi Steer, Vikki Waller, Pete Westerhoff, John Whitney, Swee Wah Yew and many more exceptional artists.

Come join us in opening this exceptional Exhibition and display of our Members here at the Royal this Sunday.



3rd RSASA/SALA Biennial PORTRAIT PRIZE Exhibiton

30 July-27 August 2017

ENTRIES CLOSE 16th June 2017

An entry form download is coming soon. Apologies from us for the lateness of this.

The purpose of this exhibition is to give South Australia Artists their own Portrait Prize, encouraging artists to think beyond the realms of the human face. The second exhibition was held two years ago and provided highly successful within 324 entries. 

This exhibition is to be held in the magnificent RSASA Gallery and a number of pop-up venues, hosted by the RSASA/SALA.


1st Prize $10,000.00

Young Achievers Award $5000.00

People's Choice Award $1000.00


RSASA Members $25.

Non-Members $30

Artists are encouraged to submit up to 3 entries of work in all mediums, not only painting.

Artists will be advised before delivery if works have not been selected.

Delivery date of works to be at the gallery is 25th July 2017.





Head Poetics of the Interior works by Sheila Whittam, photos by David Baker, 22 Jan 2017 (58)

By Sheila Whittam FRSASA

Sun 22ndJan - 12th Feb 2017

RSASA gallery 

Excerpt from Artist Statement
Turning reason into imagination has opened up for me a broader connection with who I am, and what I have in common with the wider human experience. It has called forth a connection with memories of what it is to dwell in various spaces and places - especially architectural interior places:  even the long forgotten places of which only a  faint recollection remains, some of which have occupied me from my childhood.



edited / collated by Dr Adam Dutkiewicz

"The RSASA has made a continuous contribution to the Arts In Adelaide since Colonial times, having been established in 1856 by the artist and teacher Charles Hill. The RSASA is celebrating 160 years anniversary and have published the book titled "A Visual History: The Royal South Australian Society of Arts 1856 - 2016", edited / collated by Dr Adam Dutkiewicz. This long waited book summarises the long and rich history of the RSASA. The book is intended in two volumes, with the first funding the second, which will be published in 2017. Volume 1 comprises a vast amount of historical material, with a survey of the Foundational Years, and profiles of its Affiliated Bodies, its Presidents, Significant Officials and Honorary Life members. In all it features nearly 10 artists, including around 40% women. It contains 420 pages.

Available now at the RSASA Gallery: Cost $50 + postage and handling.


The Institute Building lit up during the Illuminart / Paitya / SA Museum / State Library of SA production of "Dreaming Light" for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Photograph by Bev Bills.

The Institute Building
corner of North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.
The Society's rooms and gallery are on Level One.
There is a lift by the side entrance off Kintore Avenue.


From its inception in 1856 the Society has been at the forefront of visual art progress. Its members have made a comprehensive impact on the advancement of art in Australia. The influence of our artists on the international environment has been significant, and we are proud of the respect and renown earned by our members now and in the past.

The Ashtons, the Heysens, Ruth Tuck and Mervyn Smith, John Dowie and Dorrit Black all added lustre to the Society by their outstanding work.

Current Fellows including Jeffrey Smart, Penny Dowie, Robert Hannaford, David Dridan, Cathi Steer and numerous others - have won glowing reputations.

The Society provides an ideal location for exhibitions of members' works, and of national and international showings. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has been hosted here since its introduction, the inaugural prize being awarded to Penny Dowie. Innovative demonstrations enable the public to experience the actual process of portrait painting.

A participant in festival and fringe functions, the Society is active in initiating and supporting other group activities including overseas exhibitions.

"Youthscape" is an outstanding opportunity for young emerging artists to enter their work in this competition with substantial prizes as incentives for their work.

Always looking to the future, the Society advances art and the artists of South Australia through cooperative effort and innovative action, so extending appreciation of the benefits of art to the community.

"Donations to the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc. special purpose fund are tax deductible."

 Gallery Hours:

Monday to Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Closed on public holidays