image detail: Sally Smart, Performance/Punokawan/Chout (The Choreography of Cutting), 2017, Cotton, synthetic embroidery thread, aluminium, wooden sticks, pins, synthetic polymer paint on collaged elements, 300 x 360cm; courtesy of the artist.


Saturdays and Sundays, 5 August – 17 September, 11am – 3pm
The Vestibule
Free | All ages

To coincide with the exhibition of a major new work by Sally Smart, The Studio ‘pops-up’ right inside the Gallery’s front door!

Sally Smart was born in South Australia at Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, an environment that she says shaped her as a young artist and which has seen her develop an artistic practice recognized internationally for producing stunning, large-scale cut-out assemblage installations. In her major new work created for the Art Gallery of South Australia, Smart uses collage, metal, cloth, paint and embroidery to collide influences and ideas including Ballets Russes and WayangKulit, Indonesian shadow puppetry.

Using collage techniques Popup Studio visitors can create their own dream-like theatrical backdrops and whimsical characters from found images and recycled materials.
Schools are offered exclusive access during the week. Visit the Learning page for booking details.


The Studio relaunches for TARNANTHI. Be immersed in works masterfully fashioned from ghost nets (abandoned fishing nets), ocean debris, and recycled plastics, by artists from the remote Erub Island in the Torres Strait.
This project speaks to the interconnectedness of all things, serves to generate awareness of ocean pollution and offers a glimpse into Erub’s enduring cultural heritage. 

Proudly presented by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation