First Fridays


First Fridays is proudly presented by Santos

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 Shop 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.
Enquiries Call 08 8207 7000 or email 


Friday 2 September, 5-9pm

First Friday will focus on the major display Great Tales in Asian Art and usher in a whole month at the Art Gallery dedicated to the celebration of Asian art and culture, hear from Associate curator of Asian Art, Russell Kelty as he brings the display to life. Feel the vibrations and experience the sounds of Japanese drumming group ‘ Matsuri Taiko’ then join an open workshop to create the sounds yourself.

Take a tour of our Great Tales in Asian Art display and hear about some other works of art from the Asian Art collection.
Where Meet your Guide at the Atrium Information Desk

MATSURI TAIKO from 5.30pm
Feel the vibrations and experience the sounds of Japanese drumming group Matsuri Taiko.
Where Sculpture Courtyard

20% discount on selected products
Where Gallery Shop

Japanese musician Munetaka Umehara plays the Shinobue, a transverse bamboo flute with counterparts in Indian, Chinese and other Asian musical traditions.
Where Elder Wing of Australian Art

Join Russell Kelty, Associate Curator of Asian Art, as he discusses Tales of Genji and Heike, two major works of classical Japanese prose.
Where Gallery 21

WHAT’S HOT TALK 6.30 – 7.30PM
Hear about game-changing artists and cultural protagonists making waves in the international and Australian contemporary art scene.
Where Radford Auditorium

Try your hand at taiko drumming in our open workshop guided by an experienced Hokuriku-style Japanese drumming tutor.
Where Sculpture Courtyard

Friday 7 October, 5-9pm
A world of natural wonders flourishes at our October First Friday as we celebrate Robert Hannaford’s passion for nature. Guests can take a tour of the Robert Hannaford exhibition in its final days, taste the winning wine varieties in a Penny’s Hill master-class workshop and enjoy Abbey Howlett’s angelic vocals. At 6pm, hear from Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason, the creators from CLOSER productions, who are behind the series of moving image portraits of Robert Hannaford on view in the exhibition.

Friday 4 November, 5-9pm
Join us for tours of the collection and the launch of the next Guildhouse Collections Project featuring Zoe Kirkwood who has found inspiration in the Gallery’s Decorative Arts collection for her latest work.  Experience Conchillia, Adelaide based Indie pop band, who fuse Latin grooves with a touch of big band swing and pop into the Auditorium for pint sized performances of Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Little Fish for a 20 min vignette from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Bottom’s Dream, brought to life by ‘The Raw Shakespeare Project”

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