There is an exceptional art gallery spread between three spaces that is open to the public from 8.30am-5.00pm weekdays or to Adelaide Town Hall patrons prior to events.

The Main Foyer hosts a dedicated program of exhibitions created by the City of Adelaide’s Emerging Curator that is evocative and unique to the Adelaide Town Hall.

The Prime Ministers

Vincent Namatjira

The Adelaide Town Hall is delighted to showcase Vincent Namatjira’s series The Prime Ministers. This series of portraits depict the seven Australian Prime Ministers who have held power during Namatjira’s lifetime. These paintings sit somewhere between affectionate caricature and grotesque parody, suggesting something of an ambivalent attitude toward Australia’s political class. Vincent Namatjira paints in his own distinct and instantly recognisable style. Radically different to the sensitive landscapes of his grandfather, the celebrated painter Albert Namatjira, Vincent’s humorous portraits are evidence of an unique artistic vision.

Exhibition dates: Friday 28 April – Friday 28 July 2017
Launch: Thursday 4 May, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Opening speaker: Nicole Gollan, Reconciliation Officer, City of Adelaide

Presented in the Adelaide Town Hall Level 1 Foyer. Curated by Andrew Purvis as part of the Adelaide City Council’s Emerging Curator Program. 

Image: Vincent Namatjira, The Prime Ministers, 2016, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne. Works generously loaned by the Van Aan Holt Collection.  


The Emerging Curator Program engages a recent curatorial arts graduate of contemporary visual arts and crafts to further support their professional pathway and applied development. It will enable an emerging curator the opportunity to undertake professional curatorial programming within the iconic Adelaide Town Hall gallery and the new City art space, Art Pod.

City of Adelaide is proud to support the Emerging Curator Program and is pleased to welcome Andrew Purvis as their fourth Emerging Curator. View our Emerging Curator profiles here

Edward James, Public Art Consultant, Culture & Lifelong Learning
Tel: 08 8203 7154
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