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A documentary of the life of soprano Marjorie Lawrence. From Victorian farm girl to one of the worlds greatest opera sopranos. Introduction – Wayne Groom, Carolyn Bilsborow. Film narrated by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, features interview with Ita Buttrose and Richard Bonynge.

When: August 9, 2022 6:15pm-9:15pm
Where: RSASA Gallery. Level 1, Cnr Kintore Ave and North Terrace Adelaide, SA 5000

Tickets are $22.00 and are available from Eventbrite

Iroda’s charcoal portrait of Chester Osborn, RSASA VP and dÁrenberg Wines was selected as the preferred portrait by the sitter. Chester sat for the artist on July 7 during the 5th Biennial RSASA Portrait Prize.

Iroda Adil and Chester Osborn with his charcoal portrait

1st – No 54, Gallasch – Carbins Painting
2nd – No 11, Adamson – 6 bottle of wine
3rd – No 47, Neil – 2 books donated by Adam Dutkiewcz
4th – No 52, Gallasch – books donated by Wakefield Press
5th – No 28, Conlon – books donated by Wakefield Press
6th – No 9, Davies – books donated by Wakefield Press

Congratulations to all of the Raffle winners.

Pioneer posters will make a welcome return to the 2021 History Festival, but this year’s exhibition will have an added dimension from those of previous years. The Pioneers Association of South Australia is joining forces with the Royal SA Society of Arts (RSASA) in April-May to display over 50 pioneer posters some new, some written earlier, in the society’s gallery on North Terrace. They will be hung alongside works of art created by the artist members of the RSASA, enhancing the pioneer stories.

Inspiration drawn from biographies in the collection of the Pioneers Association of South Australia has resulted in members of the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts making accompanying artworks reflecting the pioneer stories.

The relationship between the oldest art society in South Australia (and Australia; established in 1856) with the oldest continuing SA History Association (established in 1935), in the gallery of the oldest cultural building on North Terrace (constructed in 1860) will provide a unique perspective to this exhibition which will run from 24 April until 22 May with free entry.

Dates and Times
Daily from 24 April to 22 May (except for Sundays); Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm, Saturday 1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Gallery of the Royal SA Society of Arts, 1st floor, Institute building, Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.

The Hangers Choice for Steps Along the Way: A 50 year Journey by Vikki Waller is The Matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Ruth, 1987. A selection of mixed fabrics, leather, hair, cotton string, acrylic and embroidery on painted canvas.

A Vikki Waller Retrospective

The President David Baker and Director Bev Bills OAM invite you and your friends to view the artworks of Vikki Waller.

An exhibition of paintings, prints, mixed media and textiles.

Exhibition dates: Sat 16 January – Sat 6 February 2021

RSASA Gallery, Level 1 Institute Building, cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide.

Online exhibition page can be found here

Vikki WALLER, Death is Reclaimed: Life is Made Whole, woven tapestry (detail)


Entries are now open for the 5th Biennial RSASA Portrait Prize Exhibition.

With over $20,000 in prizes, including the $10,000 acquisitive prize from The Kennedy Arts Foundation.

This exhibition is open to all Australian artists and exhibited within the Royal South Australian Society of Arts (RSASA) gallery on North Terrace Adelaide.

ENTRIES CLOSE – Thursday 29 April 2021, 3pm Australian Central Standard Time.

Entry Forms are available here.

For further information, contact the gallery at exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au or call 08 8232 0450.


Selection Royale 5 Art Ballot

View the artworks online or in the Gallery 21 Nov – 5 Dec.

Artists and friends of RSASA have donated artworks.

Tickets are $100 each

Select your favourite artwork when your ticket number is drawn. The ballot draw is Saturday 5 December 1-3pm.

If you are unable to attend the draw, we have absentee sheets and one of our staff will attend to your listing on your behalf.

RSASA Gallery, 1st Floor The Institute, cnr Kintore and North Terrace, Adelaide.


2:00pm Saturday 10 October 2020

NOTE: Exhibition in Gallery 19 Sep – 13 Oct Photographs & Paintings by artists Annette Marner, Kate Stewart Moore & Neil Hann

Nomination forms for RSASA Council, Exhibitions & Selection Committees to be provided to Returning Officer, Bev Bills, RSASA Director prior to meeting, or at least one week before.

All positions become vacant but current members can be re-nominated for a further 12 months.

Enquires and apologies to Bev Bills bbills@bigpond.net.au or rsasa@bigpond.net.au or call 0415 616 900

The President David Baker and Director Bev Bills OAM invite you and your friends to view Associates for Fellowship.

RSASA Associate Members: Mark Keppel, Annette Marner, Farahnaz Ghofrani Majelan and Louise Smith.

Artworks in painting and photographs will be on display for consideration of Fellowship by RSASA Fellows.

Exhibition Dates: Wed 2 – Sat 12 September 2020

Fellows Day: Thurs 10 September 2pm

Where: RSASA Gallery, Level 1 Institute Building, cnr North Tce and Kintore Ave, Adelaide.

Gallery Hours during exhibitions: Mon – Fri 10:30-3:30pm, Sat 1-3:30 pm (closed Public Holidays)

The Characters of the Fleurieu Art Prize exhibition is currently open at Goolwa’s Signal Point Gallery until Sun 6 September.

Overall 1st Prize

Kennedy Arts Foundation $10,000 acquisitive to Paul Whitehead for The Organic Man

2nd Prize

RSASA prize of $2,000 to Peter Noble for Jess

3rd Prize

RSASA President prize of $1,000 to Carol Bann for Duke of Edinburgh

Campuscolor prize

CampusCOLOR $500 prize to Malcolm Edward-Cole for Middleton Sunday

ProLab prize

ProLab $350 prize to Margaret Thomas for Self Portrait; Drinking Champagne wearing Alannah Hill

Art Stretchers prize

Art Stretchers $100 prize to Cathie Noble Little Blue – where are you going?

The RSASA would like to thank our judges:

Andrew Purvis – Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery Coordinator

Ros Miller – Red Poles, McLaren Vale

Glenn Ash – Local Artist

The President David Baker and Director Bev Bills OAM invite you and your friends to view

It’s Cold Outside

RSASA Members’ Winter exhibition. Artworks in painting, mixed media, pastel, textiles, drawing, pen and ink and sculpture.

Exhibition Dates

Fri 31 July – Sat 29 August 2020


RSASA Gallery, Level 1 Institute Building, Cnr North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.

Gallery hours during exhibitions

Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 4 pm (closed public holidays)

Contact the gallery for more information on 08 8232 0450 or contact us via our website.

Call for Entries

Over $13,000 in art prizes, including an acquisitive first prize of $10,000 from the Kennedy Arts Foundation.

Original 2D and 3D artwork in any medium reflecting the theme ‘Characters and/or Characteristics of the Fleurieu’

sought for this RSASA Characters of the Fleurieu Art Prize

Entries close 4pm ACST 9th June 2020

More details and entry form visit rsasarts.com.au or email gallery@rsasarts.com.au

The judges decisions are now in, and we wish to advise the following artists each have work that has been accepted as a Finalist of the 2019 RSASA / SALA Portrait Prize.


  • Rebecca Achkar
  • Hugh Adamson
  • Iroda Adil
  • Barry Anderson
  • Lauryn Arnott
  • David Baker
  • Joshua Baldwin
  • Alex Beckinsale
  • Cheryl Bridgart
  • Lawrence Brown
  • Donald Burrow
  • Patrick Cassar
  • Rubi Cassidy
  • Ruby Chew
  • Daniel Connell
  • Philip David
  • Janine Dello
  • Callum Docherty
  • Scott Eames
  • Brianna Fantis
  • Ian Fraser
  • Bernadette Freeman
  • Zoe Freney
  • Allan Gaekwad
  • Roe Gartelmann
  • Robin Hicks
  • Mitch Ianni
  • Lisa Ingerson
  • Kamolrat Jaggi
  • Elizabeth James
  • Joshua Juett
  • Tom Keukenmeester
  • Kate Kurucz
  • Donald Lock
  • Penny Maclaren
  • Peter Macmullin
  • Andrea Malone
  • Liza Merkalova
  • Ellie Noir
  • Stephen Oatway
  • Yasmin Paterson
  • Thea Popoff
  • Fatemah Shahriari
  • Ekaterina Shipova bell
  • Edward Ting
  • Louise Vadasz
  • Peter Westerhoff
  • Paul Whitehead
  • Sheila Whittam
  • Wen Zhao

The RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize Committee congratulate you on becoming a finalist and look forward to viewing your works.

Keep reading below for important details and information.

The Philosopher by Kristone Capistrano – 2017 Kennedy Art Foundation Winner


Prizes to the value of $22,000 will be presented (together it is planned with representatives of our sponsors) and where musicians will perform at the opening.

  • First Prize – $10,000 – Acquisitive Prize from the Kennedy Arts Foundation
  • Carbins Trust Youth Award – $5,000 (Emerging artists 26 & Under)
  • RSASA Excellence Award – $2,000 from Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
  • Helpmann Academy – $1,000 – Applications are invited from final year students and graduates (up to five years following the final year of study) of University of SA (Bachelor Contemporary Art) and Adelaide College of the Arts/ Flinders University/ (Bachelor Visual Arts).
  • $1,000 – Sponsored by David Baker
  • $1,000 – Mixed Media Sponsored by Vikki Waller
  • $1,000 – Open category – Geographic Environment Sponsored by Helen Stacey Bunton – For a work showing the subject in their geographic environment – This award recognises that identity is related in some way to our geographic location – either in the past, such as birthplace or childhood location, place of employment or home, a holiday place or a present geographic location.

Merit Awards:

  • $500 Voucher from Premier Art Supplies
  • $500 Voucher from Wakefield Press
  • $500 Acrylic Prize – Voucher from Derivan
  • $500 Voucher from Splashout Art Studios
  • $350 Voucher from Pro-Lab Imaging
  • $150 Voucher from Port Art Supplies


Sold work –

If your work is sold you will be notified within 7 days and be paid (less commission of 30%) within 30 days of the close of the exhibition.

Unsold work –

If your work is unsold at the end of the exhibition, you will be required to pick up your work on Sunday August 27 AFTER 4pm or on Monday August 28 11am to 4pm.

Semi-finalists not selected as finalists –

If your work is not selected as a finalist, if you will allow your work to be considered to be shown in the Arkaba or Kensington hotels. We have done this in previous years, there is no charge, your work will be taken to the hotel and will be exhibited there with others for the month of August.

The Arkaba owners and staff have a love of art and enjoy having work in their hotels. The work will be hung in their SALA exhibition with other-artist’s. All work will be for sale unless you state otherwise.

The Arkaba SALA opening is on Thursday 1st August and the Kensington Hotel SALA opening is on Thursday August 8th.

Taras Ochota, Winemaker by Daryl Austin – 2015 Portrait Prize Winner


The exhibition opening is on Sunday July 28th 2-4pm. The opening speaker is Martin Haese MBA / Former Lord Mayor

The 4th Biennial RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize will be held from 28 July – 25 August 2019 in the RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Building, Corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000.

The Arkaba SALA opening is on Thursday 1st August and the Kensington Hotel SALA opening is on Thursday August 8th.

Bouquet 2 by Ellie Noir – 2017 M&M Carbins Trust Winner


Join us on facebook and Instagram for further announcements. Alternatively contact the RSASA Gallery directly at exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au or (08) 8232 0450.

Artist Scott Eames and Hugh Adamson working on the Portrait of Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese / 20 August 2017

About RSASA/SALA 4th Portrait Prize Demonstrations

Apart from the amazing finalists work on the walls and the prizes what is special about the RSASA/SALA Portrait Prize is the portrait demonstrations. Watching the artists create portraits is watching art being born.

The subject is the human face and pose, live in the gallery. Watching the work come to life is a privilege.  When we experience the synergy of a life-long practice, intense observation, immense skill and alchemy come together in harmony. Sheer magic happens before your eyes.

We are honoured and privileged to be able to watch these distinguished artists display their craft.

To book go to Eventbrite here or contact the gallery directly on (08) 8232 0450 or via email at exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au

The first demonstration is on Tuesday, 30 July 11am to 1pm. Other dates are Thursday, 1 Aug, Tuesday, 6 Aug, Thursday, 15 Aug, Tuesday, 20 Aug

Explanation/details of how the exhibition will operate and expected outcomes

Iroda Adil, drawing Vili Milisits / 15 August 2017
  • Artists, professional and amateur have been invited to work on each of the sitters portraits in a variety of materials.
  • Artists will complete their sketches, paintings, forms (some may take photos to work further) others may wish to make a suitable time with the sitter to complete the work.
  • The general public and school groups are invited to see the portrait demonstrations during these advertised sessions.

If you wish to attend a particular session or two, you are advised to book early to reserve your seat.

Phone 08 8232 0450 or go to Eventbrite 

  • The aim is to allow the general public to visit the RSASA Gallery and to experience the preparation and presentation of portrait work of our distinguished sitters by very capable Artists.
  • All of the portraits from the 5 sessions will be displayed in the RSASA Gallery during the Spring members exhibition“Coiled” from 22 Sept – 13 Oct 2019.
  • You will be invited to come along to the opening of this exhibition on Sunday 22 Sept 2019, where all the completed portraits will be presented.

Each sitter will be invited to choose and take a portrait from their four at the conclusion of the exhibition. Sitters will be invited to purchase the other works or could be purchased by family, friends, institutions, organisations or the general public.

  • We wish to encourage these sales for the benefit of the artists and the RSASA.
  • Artists demonstrating will be encouraged to invite family and friends to attend to view the exhibition.


Session 1 Tuesday 30th July 2019 11am – 1pm

Sitter: His Excellency The Governor of SA Hieu Van Le, AC
Artists: Scott Eames FRSASA, Hugh Adamson FRSASA, Iroda Adil FRSASA, Cheryl Bridgart FRSASA
Supervisor: Jack Condous FRSASA

Session 2 Thursday 1st August 2019 11am – 1pm

Sitter: Anne Moran, Councillor Adelaide City Council
Artists: Adam Opala FRSASA, Peter Westerhoff FRSASA, Donald Burrow MRSASA, Philip David FRSASA
Supervisor: Bernadette Freeman MRSASA

Session 3 Tuesday 6th August 2019 11am—1pm

Sitter: DR Susan Close, MP
Artists: Ellie Noir MRSASA, Peter Noble FRSASA, Cathi Steer FRSASA, Leonid Olijnyk FRSASA
Supervisor: Swee Wah Yew FRSASA

Session 4 Thursday 15th August 2019 11am—1pm

Sitter: Guy Matthews, Director of Buckingham Arms Hotel
Artists: Joshua Baldwin MRSASA, Bernadette Freeman MRSASA, Heather Lorenzon FRSASA, Penny MacLaren FRSASA
Supervisor: Barbara Dunn MRSASA

Session 5 Tuesday 20th August 2019 11am—1pm

Sitter: Vickie Chapman, MP
Artists: Roe Gartelmann FRSASA, Allan Gaekwad FRSASA, Lawrence Brown MRSASA, Carolyn Corletto FRSASA
Supervisor: Bernadette Freeman MRSASA

To book go to Eventbrite here or contact the gallery directly on (08) 8232 0450 or via email at exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au

FRSASA – Fellow of Royal South Australian Society of Arts
MRSASA – Member of Royal South Australian Society of Arts

Tickets out now or our fundraiser/launch party for the 2019 Portrait Prize.

At ‘Beltana House’, 364 Carrington Street, Adelaide
Home and Gallery of Cheryl Bridgart (Artist) and John Marshman.


Cost $30 (Entry by ticket only)

  • Many prizes, auction and silent auction of art works by noted artists
  • Dresscode after 5pm
  • Wine and fingerfood included
  • Tickets are numbered for sale/distribution

You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite or directly from the RSASA via email exhibitions@rsasarts.com.au or call (08) 8232 0450