Charles Hill, artist & educator - founder of the Society


From its inception in 1856 the Society (RSASA) has been at the forefront of progressing visual arts in our community in South Australia. Its members have made a comprehensive impact on the advancement of art in Australia. The influence of our artists on the international culture has also been significant, and we are proud of the respect and renown earned by our members now and in the past.

Past members Harry Pelling Gill, the Ashtons (James and Will), Hayley Lever, Harold Septimus Power, John Kauffmann, Frederick Joyner, Gustave Barnes, Henri van Raalte, the Heysens (Hans and Nora), Leslie Wilkie, John Goodchild, Arthur d'Auvergne Boxall, Bessie Davidson, Margaret Preston, Max Ragless, Ivor Francis, Rex Battarbee, Albert Namatjira, Ruth Tuck, Mervyn Smith, Ivor Hele, Horace Trenerry, Kathleen Sauerbier, John Dowie, Dorrit Black, Jeffrey Smart, Geoffrey Wilson, Barbara Robertson, John Baily, Dusan and Voitre Marek, Gordon Samstag, Pamela Kouwenhoven and Lidia Groblicka all added lustre to the Society through their outstanding two and three dimensional art works.

Current Fellows, including Brian Seidel, David Dridan, Max Lyle, Pat Michell, Nyorie Bungey, Penny Dowie, Robert Hannaford, Gary Lee Gaston, Cathi Steer, Jeffery Mincham, Stephanie Schrapel, Joyce Scott, Heather Clegg, Stephen Skillitzi, Vikki Waller, Bev Bills, Silvio Apponyi, Andrew Steiner, Betty Anderson, Bob Landt, Gerhard Ritter, David Braun, Helen Stacey, Sheila Whittam, John Whitney, Jack Condous, Alan Ramachandran, Cheryl Bridgart, Simon Waters, Tsering Hannaford, Jennifer Allnutt, Olivia Dryden, Jasmine Dixon and numerous others have also won glowing reputations across a range of media from printmaking, drawing and painting to photography, glass, ceramic, sculpture and textiles.

In its historic rooms in the Institute Building on North Terrace the Society provides an ideal location for exhibitions of members' works, and of national and international showings. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was hosted in its Gallery from its introduction until recently, the inaugural prize being awarded to one of our Fellows, Penny Dowie. Since then the Society has instated its own portrait prizes, during which innovative demonstrations enable the public to experience the actual process of portrait painting. It also hosts an annual Solar Art Prize during the exhibition titled Caring for our Planet.

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

Youthscape is an outstanding opportunity for young and emerging artists to enter their work in 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, in doing 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. The Society functions as an organisation run by volunteers and has been officially recognised as a Charity.


The Society of Arts comprises a major group of South Australian artists and associates tasked with the purpose of encouraging interest and understanding of art in the community.

The Society's gallery and office are housed in Level One of the Institute Building, corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace. The Society is proud to occupy its most attractive and historic gallery.


Whether you are an artist, student, a professional, an amateur, or share an interest in the whole universe of art, becoming a member of the Society provides you with occasions to mix with friends and discuss so many aspects of visual art.


Through our exhibitions we show the public a wide range of works of art generated by our members. By sponsoring collections by national and international artists, opportunities are provided for all to enjoy art of very high quality. Joining in the work involved gives satisfaction though personal contact and seeing the results displayed in the gallery.


The Society maintains its own high standards, while at the same time fostering and encouraging emerging artists - whether young or old – to exhibit their work. Providing for professional development through workshops and demonstrations is therefore a significant responsibility.


The Society sponsors life drawing, plein-air painting and portrait groups enabling artists with interests in those categories to share their outreaching endeavours. Youthscape places emphasis on the younger artists through independent planning of activities leading to prize winning competitions.