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.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

City of Adelaide | Contemporary Art Collection

James Tylor, Emmaline Zanelli, Sophia Nuske, Hailey Lane, Jesse Price, Patty Chehade, CJ Taylor

Image: Hailey Lane, Your Light Burns Clear, Giclee Print 2012

Adelaide Town Hall is host to the first comprehensive display of the acquisition of contemporary art by the City of Adelaide. Looking Back, Moving Forward in the Town Hall showcases outcomes of the Emerging Curator Program and previous partnerships with the Helpmann Academy to create opportunities for emerging and developing cultural practitioners to be seen and thrive. This inaugural presentation is not guided by a singular voice or thematic but reflects multiples voices with works spanning a variety of mediums and subjects. The art works contrast against the majestic surrounds of the Town Hall while digital archival collections are concurrently displayed in Art Pod, Pirie Street breezeway and History Hub at the City Libraries and North Adelaide Library and Community centre. Together these works are a collection for the future that reflects and evolves from the past.

Looking Back, Moving Forward is presented as part of the Emerging Curator Program in partnership with the City of Adelaide Archives and City Library.

Exhibition Dates: 12 February - 30 April 2018

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


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

Sarah Feijen, Senior Coordinator Arts & Culture
Tel: 08 8203 7553
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