Exhibitions

Discover new artists and artefacts

The Adelaide Town Hall is home to an exceptional art gallery and a historic archive collection. Exhibitions pop up at the Adelaide Town Hall throughout the year, showcasing local artists and historic pieces from South Australia’s past.

Current Exhibitions

Standing On Ceremony

Curated by City of Adelaide, Curator, Polly Dance
Dates: 10 November 2021 – 17 January 2022
Location: Adelaide Town Hall, Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation room) and First Floor Gallery, 128 King William Street, Adelaide


Standing on Ceremony at the Adelaide Town Hall premiers’ contemporary South Australian photography, textiles, and painting by leading South Australian artists Carly Tarkari Dodd, Zoe Freney, Trent Parke, and CJ Taylor, exhibited alongside historic collections.

Trent Parke, Just one more photo, 2008

Presented in our iconic Adelaide Town Hall, arguably the most historically significant building for major Adelaide ceremonies, events, and celebrations, this exhibition investigates the myriad of ways people celebrate, find a sense of belonging, and community during the festive season.

For the past 89 years the festive season has been heralded-in by the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, welcoming Father Christmas to our city. Father Christmas is always the last float in the pageant, and in 2019 the honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor welcomed Father Christmas at the Adelaide Town Hall. He waved to the thousands of spectators from our Town Hall balcony, just like The Beatles did in 1964.

The artworks in this exhibition delve into Christmas traditions of feasting, generosity, family, storytelling, and the history of our local Adelaide Christmas Pageant.

Standing On Ceremony Curator Tour

Join Curator, Polly Dance, on a guided tour of this exhibition and experience Christmas anew.

When: Tuesday December 7 2021 from 10am to 11am

Tickets: This event is free to attend but bookings are essential. Book your ticket here!