The society 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 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.

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.


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.


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.