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About RSASA

Established in 1856, we are Australia’s oldest art society. RSASA represents South Australian artists, presenting about a dozen exhibitions a year in our historic gallery in the Institute Building on North Terrace, Adelaide.

The RSASA Gallery is situated on Level 1, in the Institute Building, on the corner of North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide. A historic gallery, having been built in 1906 for the RSASA.

The RSASA has celebrated 160 years in 2016, and maintains a membership of creative artists in media of art. A member-based art society, the oldest in Australia with a prolific membership of all levels. The aim is to encourage artists to showcase their art in our wonderful gallery. Select the RSASA emblem link at the bottom of this page to find out more about our history.

The RSASA stages Youthscape exhibitions for artists 15 – 26 years, as well as the RSASA Portrait Prize and RSASA Characters of the Fleurieu prized exhibitions. With talented tutors, the RSASA Summer School is staged each January with a host of informative workshops on offer. The RSASA also organizes a Life Drawing Group and a Friday morning Sketch Group. There is much on offer to all artists.

David Baker

David Baker FRSASA, AiPP President

David is in his third term as the 33rd President of the RSASA. Professionally as a Systems Engineer, he developed concepts across Australia, the UK and the USA. He is involved in community art projects and is a practicing photographer and painter specialising in macro and abstract concepts.

Bev Bills

Bev Bills OAM, FRSASA, BAVA, Director

Past President from 2002 to 2007, and now as Director since 2010. Member/past President of Spinners and Weaver Guild, member of T’Arts and Wild fibre Artists.

Valdis Dunis, Treasurer

Valdis professionally has a history of establishing and running both large and start up enterprises globally, and after hours is active in the community, including being the Treasurer of various community groups such as the North Adelaide Precinct Association. He is active in the arts space as an amateur artist, making sculptures, calligraphy and paintings, but more active as a passionate collector of eclectic art from around the world.

RSASA – A Brief History
Historical Documents