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3rd RSASA/SALA Biennial PORTRAIT PRIZE Exhibiton

30 July-27 August 2017

ENTRIES CLOSE 16th June 2017

Cost Of Entry RSASA Members $25 / Non Members $30

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 Kennedy Arts Foundation Acquisitive
2nd Prize - $2,000 RSASA
Carbins Trust Youth Award $5,000 (Emerging artists 26 & Under)
Friends of SASA & Peoples Choice Award $1,000
RSASA Sculpture Prize $500
Helpmann Academy Prize $500
(Artists must be within 5 years of graduation from Adelaide College of the Arts or University of South Australia- please indicate year of graduation)
$500 Vouchers for each from the following companies;
Derivan Supplies, Elite Framing, Premier Art Supplies, Pro-Lab Imaging and Wakefield Press
$300 Casavino Luxury Villas, Mclaren Vale
$250 Voucher from sponsor Art to Art
$100 Voucher each from Port Art Supplies and Art Stetchers

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


Chinese Heritage, Heysen of Australia

16 April—7 May

To be officially opened Sun 23rd April

Victor Zhang (1935 - ) a RSASA Fellow, is an international artist emerging from the “Class of 54” at the China Central academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. After 30 prolific years of painting in China Victor moved to Australia and has participated in major exhibitions in Adelaide and overseas.  His wonderful works of gum trees and the Flinders Ranges show a love of the Australian landscape. Victor Zhang also exhibits at Zi Gallery, Wayville.


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, Coralie Armstrong 8389 2373


RW EightyEight Egg Tempura and pen works

19 March-9 April 2017

The simplicity of mood, yet complexity of form of these breathtaking pen & ink and egg tempera presentations by RW EightEight will surely inspire and amaze'

Many people who have seen this work, believe that something exclusive and rare has been created.



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.


February 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. 


Opening of the Victor Zhang exhibition at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts on April 23rd by the Acting Consul-General Mr Yuncai Mei. Exhibition dates - 16 April – 7 May. ...

photo by Adam Dutkiewicz ...

A few samples to whet your appetite - Victor Zhang at the RSASA, 16 April – 7 May. Exhibition opening 2pm 23rd April by the Acting Consul-General Mr Yuncai Mei.


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."

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