A Visual History

The Royal South Australian Society of Arts, 1856-2016 

Volumes One & Two

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 celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2016 and published the book titled A Visual History: The Royal South Australian Society of Arts 1856 - 2016, edited and collated by Dr Adam Dutkiewicz. This long awaited book summarises the rich history of the RSASA since its inception. The book is now produced in two volumes, the first funding the second, which was published late in 2017. Volume One comprises a vast amount of historical material, with a survey of the foundational years and early artists, and profiles of its affiliated bodies, Presidents, significant officials and Honorary Life Members. In all it features nearly 100 artists, including over 40% of them female. It contains 420 pages and 449 illustrations. Volume Two deals with other significant artists, featuring 150 in total, across eras and media since 1908, including a number of artists who have emerged through the Youthscape programme. There is a section dealing with historical and current prizes offered by the Society. It contains 424 pages and 616 illustrations.

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

There are still some copies of the Deluxe edition of Volume One available for $75 + postage and handling.

Ask at the Gallery desk or at the Office during office hours if the Gallery is not open.

You can also download more information and an order form about volume one here.