James Morrison, Worm blood dripping (detail) 2009–10m, papier mache and ink, 198 x 82 cm. Courtesy the Artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Simon Hewson.

Before and After for Media site

27 February  –  2 May 2010


The flagship visual arts event of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before & After Science assembles 22 of the nation’s most innovative and exciting contemporary artists and artist groups, to present a wondrous and unsettling vision of our world, where mystery and the unknowable wrestle with order and reason.

Inspired by the concepts of alchemy and transformation, independent Melbourne curators Sarah Tutton and Charlotte Day have selected cutting-edge new works which, through their use of media, theme or narrative, change the humble into the precious, the old into new, and the mundane into the magical.

Installation and sculpture using traditional and non-traditional materials feature strongly alongside collage, film and painting to create an extraordinary exhibition experience. Many works are being displayed for the first time in this exhibition and all have been created since the 2008 Adelaide Festival.

The 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Festival with generous assistance from Australia Council for the Arts. It is also supported by the Gallery’s DEPARTURE program for people in their 20s and 30s.




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The 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

The 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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James Morrison, Worm blood dripping (detail) 2009–10m, papier mache and ink, 198 x 82 cm. Courtesy the Artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Simon Hewson.