START at the Gallery

First Sunday of the month, 11am - 3pm 

START at the Gallery offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, START is free and includes art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.

START is recommended for children aged 5-10 years and parent / carer supervision is required. No bookings are necessary.

Sunday 2 August, 11am - 3pm

START at the Gallery,  Buried Treasure
This START day we celebrate the South Australian Living Artists Festival with the START Art Prize winner announcements and exhibition showcasing works of art made by South Australia's youngest living artists. Stay for the opening party and enjoy treasure inspired activities, storytelling, tours and special Commedia Dell’ Arte theatrical performances.
Where: Various locations in the Art Gallery
Cost: Free, all materials supplied

Full program includes:

11 am, 11.30 am, 12 noon, 12.30 pm, 1 pm, 1.30 pm and 2 pm
Children’s tours
Join the guides on a treasure hunt in the exhibition Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices.  You be the detective on our exhibition tours.
Location: Meet in the Santos Atrium

11 am – 3 pm (Announcement 11.30am)
START Art Prize

Did you make a work for the START Art Prize? See your work on display at the Art Gallery in the Radford Auditorium. Join the Art Gallery Deputy Director, Artistic Programs Lisa Slade for the announcement of our START Art Prize awards.
Location: Marquee, Sculpture Courtyard

11 am – 3 pm
Buried Treasure

Have fun drawing a treasure map and constructing a treasure chest for your buried treasure.
Location: The Studio and Marquee, Sculpture Courtyard.

11am - 3pm
GooRoo Animation Screening

See the awesome animation films created by school holiday workshop participants at the Art Gallery.
Location: Radford Auditorium

11 am – 3 pm
Face painting

Our team of face and body artists will be here to paint you with some theatrical designs.
Location: Radford Auditorium

12 noon, 1.15pm and 2 pm
Storytelling Performance

Storyteller Helen Lawry tells the tale of The Magic Garden of the Poor, a simple shepherd unearths a pot of gold coins while digging in a field thus setting in motion a wonderful chain of events. This Kazakhstani story is a treasure in its own right, and one that will be enjoyed by the whole family.
Location: Function room

12.30 pm and 2pm
Vasco Goes to India Commedia dell' Arte Performance

The Portuguese King sends Vasco on an adventure from Lisbon over the sea in search of a passage to India.  Vasco’s mission is to navigate the ship and defeat the giants of the sea to reach India.  Will he and his crew ever return to Portugal?

START at the Gallery hits the road for SALA
Saturday and Sunday,  8-9 August, 11am – 3pm  
The Art Gallery of South Australia’s popular START program is hitting the road for the first time, heading North in August to Whyalla and Port Augusta to celebrate SALA with the support of Country Arts SA.
Saturday 8 August: In Whyalla, the free, family-friendly activities will be held at the Middleback Arts Centre.
Sunday 9 August: In Port Augusta free START activities will run at the Institute Theatre, located within Yarta Purtli, the Port Augusta Cultural Centre.
Join the START team to create your own football player sculpture inspired by the 'Bush Footy' sculptures that will be exhibited as part of the upcoming TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

At START you can also find out more about the Art Gallery of South Australia, the collection, exhibitions and public programs on offer.
No bookings are needed but for more information call 8207 7005.

Supported by the Balnaves Foundation, START is the Art Gallery's monthly children's program of activities.





The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation established to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia. The Foundation supports eligible organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts, with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged, and Indigenous communities.