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Official Opening Sun 10 September at 2.00pm

3-24 September 2017

The Spring Exhibition of artworks by RSASA Members

To be opened by Joanne Cyg Assoc. Prof. & Head of School of Art, Architecture & Design

RSASA GALLERY; Level 1, lnstitute Building, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide
GALLERY HOURS; Weekdays 10.30am - 4.30pm Weekends 1pm - 4pm (Closed Public Holidays)


Official Opening: Sunday 1 October, at 2.00pm

1-22 October 2017

Many RSASA Members have family members who are or have been professional artists, emerging artists, or budding artists of children or grandchildren. This exhibition is an opportunity to encourage you to have
their works being exhibited alongside yours. There is no age limit.


Nature through landscapes, seascapes, fauna and flora or people

29 October-26 November 2017



12 Sept-4 Nov 2017

Katharina Urban, Janette Ireland, Katharina Urban, Stephen Smart & Tahira Sabeen invite you to the opening of Spring 2017 @ The Rising Sun The Rising Sun pub- 60 Bridge St. Kensington on Tuesday 12th Sept 2017 at 6pm.

Guest Speaker - Pamela Karran Chair of The RSASA Portrait Prize Planning Committee 

Open during hotel hours Mon & Tues 4pm - 11.30pm Wed -Sat 12noon - 11.30pm. Fine dining is available if booked with The Rising Sun on phone 8333 072L Drinks may be purchased at the bar.
Exhibition closes Sat. 4th Nov. 20




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 100 artists, including around 40% women. It contains 420 pages.

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



The RSASA Friday morning sketch group meet each week at selected venues, and for 3 weeks at each place. Providing areas all over the suburbs of Adelaide to sketch, paint in a relaxed atmosphere, rain or shine. The Friday morning Sketch group have been meeting over the last 50 years.

For more information contact Co-ordinator  Philippa Robert, 0477 952 620.


August 2017 edition

Kalori is the magazine of the RSASA and is a great way to find out the many things that have been happening in our world of art. 


Something for you maybe ...

Imagine creating a piece of art with this as your view? Come along to the FREE Art in Parks event at #TolderolGameReserve on Sunday November 5. You'll create two pieces of public art with Ali Mugford Mosaics while you learn about this popular bird watching spot from Birds SA and Goolwa To Wellington Local Action Plan Board Inc. Lunch is included and places are limited so get in quick to reserve your spot! #NationalParksSA



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.


Gallery Hours:

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

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

Closed on public holidays


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