55 North Terrace

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Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum Of Art

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.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

The University of South Australia Art Collection is developed and managed through the Samstag Museum of Art. Works of art from the Collection are displayed on the University campuses to enhance the buildings and grounds, and also to foster an, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts within the University community and among visitors.

Established for research and display purposes, collecting began in the early 20th century, and the growing University Collection now includes works by Australian artists – these mostly South Australian or with significant links to this state and the University, and principally from 1970s onwards – as well as Aboriginal bark paintings and South Australian ceramics, from folk to studio pottery.

The University also supports South Australian artists through the commissioning of public works of art that are strategically placed in key sites, to enrich the University environment and stimulate its community.

The Samstag Museum of Art encourages and welcomes development of the Collection through benefactions to the University, and the Samstag Museum of Art participates in the Cultural Gifts Program which offers tax deductions on works of art, money or property donated to the UniSA Art Collection. Gifts are exempt from capital gains tax.

Previous Exhibitions

For a full list of exhibitions presented by the Samstag Museum of Art please visit the website

Exhibitions (9)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

19 February – 24 April 2009
Lynette Wallworth: Duality of Light
Gallery 1 - 3

15 May – 24 July 2009
Colliding Worlds
Gallery 1
Bestec Gallery 2 & 3

7 August – 30 October 2009
Simryn Gill
Gallery 1 & Bestec Gallery 2

7 August – 6 September
Yvonne Koolmatrie: Eel traps
Gallery 3

12 September – 30 October
Skin: UniSA Max Hart Collection of Aboriginal bark paintings

11 November 2009 – 5 February 2010
Sydney Ball: The Colour Paintings
Gallery 1
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes
Bestec Gallery 2 & 3


Admission is free to all exhibitions! All welcome!

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

Getting there

The 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)

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News and events

Samstag 2009 Talking Exhibitions Series

In 2009 the Samstag Museum will present a series of lectures and special meet the artist events in association with the Museum's exhibitions program.

Listen to artists and curators talk about their work and the exhibition. For catering purposes bookings essential

All events will be held in the Samstag Museum unless otherwise stated.

27 February - 1 March 2009
Bradley Forum, Hawke Building
The first in this series of lectures will be presented by Lynette Wallworth who will discuss her exhibition Duality of Light at the Samstag Museum. Wallworth's presentation will be held as part of the Adelaide Film Festival Symposium which runs from 27 February - 1 March 2009.

Special guest speakers at the symposium also include artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer who is widely known for his large-scale interactive installations, which deploy new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces and Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator of Film at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.

Saturday 16 May @ 3pm
Samstag Museum, Hawke Building
Colliding Worlds artists’ Nicholas Folland, Shaun Kirby and Anna Platten will present an artist floor talk

Saturday 8 August @ 3pm
Samstag Museum, Hawke Building
Simryn Gill in conversation with exhibition curator Russell Storer

Saturday 22 August from 2-5pm
Samstag Museum, Hawke Building
Yvonne Koolmatrie will be demonstrating her weaving and will speak about her work in the Gallery 3

Saturday 12 September @ 3pm
Samstag Museum, Hawke Building
Curator Susan Jenkins will discuss the Works from the Max Hart Collection exhibition

Wednesday 11 November @ 3pm
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Exhibition floor talks may be arranged for groups. Schools and other groups can book visits outside normal opening hours. For bookings and further information please contact the Samstag Museum of Art.