First Fridays


We are firing up Friday night at the Art Gallery by staying open after hours on the first Friday of every month. Hear great talks, unwind to live music and take in the latest exhibitions and displays.

Think of the Gallery as a launch pad for your weekend; have a bite to eat and something to drink at Art Gallery Food Wine, browse in the Gallery Store and immerse yourself in art and culture with an amazing mix of eclectic characters – then lose yourself in the city as you head off to other gigs, shows and events.

When The first Friday of every month, 5-9pm
Where Art Gallery of South Australia
Cost Free admission. Charges may apply for special exhibitions or events.
Enquiries Call 08 8207 7000 or email 

This program is presented free to audiences with thanks to generous contributions from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts and the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Friday 4 May 5–9pm
Experience Paris’ Left Bank on North Terrace with Colours of Impressionism, exclusive to Adelaide. Enjoy a glass of bubbles, French inspired
quirk-folk by the Coconut Kids, and talks and tours focusing on some of the 65-plus masterworks being loaned to the Gallery by the Musée d’Orsay, regarded as the home of French Impressionism.

GUIDED TOURS - 5pm & 7pm
Take a tour with one of our dedicated Gallery Guides.
Tour 1: Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay
Where: Meet in the Vestibule. *exhibition ticket required.
Tour 2: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds
The 7pm Biennial tour is accompanied by an AUSLAN interpreter
Where: Meet at the information desk in the Atrium *Free.

Sit back and enjoy some retro disco tunes with a unique French flavour with DJ Bennymax.
Where: Sculpture courtyard

Delve deeper into the themes surrounding Colours of Impressionism with a floor talk by the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Coordinating Curator Tony Magnusson.
*Exhibition ticket required
Where: Gallery 3

MUSIC PERFORMANCE – 6.30pm & 8pm
Infectiously fun, The Coconut Kids defy genres to create French-influenced world folk using ukulele, brass, rhythm and powerful vocals. Their unique sound will have you dancing one minute and in tears the next.
Where: Sculpture courtyard

Join us for a colourful evening through a scientific lens, as David “colourman” Cole examines the history of pigments through a series of practical demonstrations. Known as the ‘pigment whisperer’ and magician of colour, Cole is the founder and mastermind behind the Melbourne-based boutique of high-end handmade oil paints, Langridge Artist Colours.
Where: Radford Auditorium 

Friday 1 June, 5-9pm

Colours of Impressionism is in full flight, join us this First Friday for some sketching fun with artist Luke Thurgate then hit the dance floor with Adelaide Afrobeat Collective who will play a colourful fusion of jazz, funk and West African drumming, inspired by Fela Kuti. Take a tour of the 2018 Biennial (free) or Colours of Impressionism (exhibition ticket required) then sit back and enjoy some retro disco tunes with a unique French flavour with DJ Bennymax. Auslan interpreted tour of Colours of Impressionism.

Friday 6 July, 5-9pm

Brighten up your winter and join local artist Lauren Simeoni as you create wearable works of art in her Frou Frou pour toi workshop. Be transported to an intimate French bar for a night in Paris, as some of Adelaide’s finest jazz musicians, Louise Blackwell and band, take you on a journey of chansons (French songs), celebrating 1930s stars. Take a tour with a twist, join Michael Mills for a theatrical tour of Colours of Impressionism (exhibition ticket required).

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