Emmaline Zanelli, 2020. Photo Sam Roberts

Aida Azin, Brown Pillars, 2019, detail of installation at Firstdraft, photo by Zan Wimberely

Kate Bohunnis, 2020. Photo Sam Roberts

Sundari Carmody, white white (summer and winter solstice), 2017, neon light, electrical components, 70 x 100cm. Photo by the artist.

Yusuf Hayat, Noor, 2017, Laser cut acrylic sheet, MDF, wood, steel, neodymium, LED. Photo courtesy the artist.

Matt Huppatz, High Society 6 (Sir Baden and Lady Pattinson) (detail), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, on awning canvas, 107.5 x 199 cm. Photo Sam Roberts

Tutti Arts. Tessa Crathern, Untitled, pencil and photo on paper, 2020 29.7 x 42cm

Sandra Saunders, installation view: Tarnanthi 2019 featuring works by Sandra Saunders, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Photo Saul Steed.

12 September - 12 December 2020

Aida Azin
Kate Bohunnis
Sundari Carmody
Carly Tarkari Dodd
fine print
Yusuf Hayat
Matt Huppatz
Tutti Arts
– Kurt Bosecke
– Tessa Crathern
– William Gregory
– James Kurtze
– Ellese McLindin
– Jackie Saunders
Sandra Saunders
Emmaline Zanelli

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri, 11am – 4pm
Sat, 10am – 5pm

  • Wheelchair Access

Recent events have exposed how truly our lives are enmeshed with those of others – with potential for support and harm in both a micro and macro sense. What brings together the artists featured in this exhibition is an engagement with a world beyond art, directed towards thoughtful and productive experimentation, the re-imagining of self and structures, and creative tactics for strength, vulnerability and survival.

If artists can show you the world as they see it, what we learn from a project that situates itself here, in South Australia, is about new and local perspectives on the way culture is formed, how art is made and what counts as art.

If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey celebrates the breadth of art practice and critical perspectives emerging from South Australia’s artistic communities. Presented in partnership with SALA – South Australian Living Artists Festival, this major exhibition outcome for ACE Open will support ten artists/collectives based in South Australia to present ambitious new work commissions. The Survey has been developed through state-wide research and studio visits led by ACE Open’s Artistic Director, Patrice Sharkey, and Curator-in-Residence, Rayleen Forester.


Please be advised that parts of this exhibition contain very strong language. Please speak to an ACE Open staff member if you have any questions.


If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey has been supported through Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 initiative, Candy Bennett and Edwina Lehmann, and ACE Open’s Visionaries.