The University of South Australia’s new, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, celebrated its opening on 11 October 2007 with the exhibition Wonderful World, a project expressing the scope and sophistication of Australian contemporary art practice, and demonstrating, also, the cultural ambition of the Samstag Museum of Art
Formerly the UniSA Art Museum, the Samstag Museum of Art has been named in honour of two distinguished benefactors to Australian culture, whose remarkable bequest is administered through the University of South Australia.
Designed by John Wardle Architects in association with Hassell, the Samstag Museum features three substantial and elegant exhibition galleries over two levels: it is a facility that communicates architectural distinction.
Located near Adelaide's other premier cultural institutions on North Terrace, at the UniSA's City West campus, the Samstag Museum of Art aims to stimulate, challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative exhibitions, publications and associated public activities.
The Samstag Museum of Art is also responsible for the development, management and display of the UniSA Art Collection.
It is one of a national group of university art museums and galleries, and is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and its affiliated professional committees. The Samstag Museum of Art is part of the UniSA’s Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and a Samstag Museum Board has been established to oversee development of the Museum and its programs.
Forthcoming exhibitions19 February – 24 April 2009
Lynette Wallworth: Duality of Light
Gallery 1 - 3
15 May – 24 July 2009
Bestec Gallery 2 & 3
7 August – 30 October 2009
Gallery 1 & Bestec Gallery 2
7 August – 6 September
Yvonne Koolmatrie: Eel traps
12 September – 30 October
Skin: UniSA Max Hart Collection of Aboriginal bark paintings
11 November 2009 – 5 February 2010
Sydney Ball: The Colour Paintings
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes
Bestec Gallery 2 & 3
CostAdmission is free to all exhibitions! All welcome!
Opening hoursTuesday to Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm.
Getting thereThe Samstag Museum of Art is located in the Adelaide City West End and is a 5 minute walk from most major city-based hotels, King William Street and Rundle Mall. The West End precinct is home to the Lion Arts Centre and a concentration of galleries devoted to the presentation of original and provocative exhibitions and talks centred on Australian art practice. These include the Experimental Art Foundation, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Craftsouth Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, BMGART and the SASA Gallery on Hindley Street.
Free City Loop 99C stop 7 and Beeline 99B stop 23 buses to the UniSA City West campus and Lion Arts Centre, operate every day.
Trams operate from Victoria Square along King William Street and North Terrace to the Samstag Museum, UniSA City West campus/Lion Arts Centre terminus.
The Samstag Museum of Art does not provide parking. Parking may be found outside or near the Samstag Museum, along North Terrace, or in the City West Parking Station on Hindley Street, opposite the University’s City West campus southern entry. Entry to the parking station is off Clarendon Street.
The Samstag Museum of Art is committed to ensuring its programs and activities are accessible to everyone. All public areas are easily accessible by wheelchair. Visitors who have other special requirements please contact the Samstag Museum
Photography is not normally allowed in the Samstag Museum of Art. For information about reproduction of works of art in the UniSA Art Collection and Samstag Museum exhibitions please contact the Samstag Museum.
On site and nearby are reasonably priced licensed cafés and bars.
Museum internal and external photos (1)Click on the images to enlarge