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David Baker President

David Baker – President

President

David Baker was appointed the 33rd President of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts
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Director Bev Bills OAM

RSASA Director Bev Bills OAM

Director

As a Past President (2002-07), and now as Director, Bev is continually rewarded by working alongside other artists. Being a senior member of the Royal SA Society of Arts, an historical art organisation, has many benefits, but for her it especially flows from involvement with curating and organising exhibitions for current artists and learning
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Dr Adam Dutkiewicz & His Excellency Hieu Van Le 00

Dr Adam Dutkiewicz and His Excellency Hieu Van Le

Patron

The Royal South Australian Society of Arts Patron,  His Excellency Hieu Van Le and the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Historian, Dr Adam Dutkiewicz with a copy of the first volume of the society’s A Visual History.

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. RSASA celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2016 and published the book titled A Visual History
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painting in the street

Artists from RSASA painting in Gawler Place

Demonstrations

A participant in many major festivals and Adelaide Fringe functions, the society is active in initiating and supporting group activities, including overseas exhibitions.

The 2005 Doug Moran Portrait Prize exhibition

Portrait Painting

The 2005 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was hosted in the RSASA gallery.

When we stopped hosting the Doug Moran Portrait Prize the society instated its own portrait prizes and during our bienniel Portrait Prize the society also has an innovative program of portrait demonstrations. The public and the members are able to experience the actual process of portrait painting.

Lidia & Tadek Groblicka

Volunteers

The Royal South Australian Society is run by the members for our members and we have a strong and vibrant volunteer community.

Painter and printmaker Lidia Groblicka was one of our fellows and an active supporter of the RSASA. Her husband Tadek was also actively involved in the Society as a friend amd continued his volunteer work after Lidia’s death. Their family including son, Roman and their grandchildren still visit the gallery when they are here from Sydney, even though neither Lidia or Tadek are with us now.
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Donations

Lisa Stute with her portrait Orphan

Lisa Stute and her portrait Orphan

Portrait Painting

Since the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was last hosted in our gallery and we have built an even stronger connection and support network of portrait painters. Our own Royal South Australian Society of Arts fellow Pennie Dowie was the winner of the innaugural Doug Moran National Prize.

The latest portrait exhibition, in the gallery, was the 2017 Portrait Prize. The next Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition is open
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Central Market painting

Swee Wah - Swee Chilling Out at Central Market II

Volunteers

RSASA fellow Swee Wah Yew helps regularly to promote the society both in Adelaide and overseas. She held her first solo exhibition in Georgetown Penang in September 2018. Always happy to promote the relationship of the sister cities Adelaide and Penang, Swee shared many images of dining and markets from both cities.

Her solo exhibition came immediately after curating and promoting the first "SALA on Gouger" in August 2018. "SALA on Gouger"consisted of many exhibitions of RSASA artists in the Gouger Street Traders' premises.