Installation view Deep Space: New acquisitions from the Australian contemporary art collection featuring Gemma Smith, Boulder #6 (radiant), 2010; South Australian Government Grant 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Tertiary and ESL


The Art Gallery of South Australia, in conjunction with the University of Adelaide, offers a unique graduate program in Art History and in Curatorial and Museum Studies.

Teaching is based around the collections and exhibition program of the Art Gallery. This exciting teaching approach, drawing on the expertise of the Art Gallery and the University, is an Australian first and is now in its eleventh year. Graduates of this nationally acclaimed program are now working in art institutions and galleries across the country.

In ‘hands-on’ sessions in the Art Gallery, students find out about works of art in the Art Gallery’s collection, how best to display them, why they are acquired and more.

2015 Program
Courses on offer in 2015 include Asian Art, Curatorial and Museum Studies, European Art, Modern Art and Portraiture and Power.
For information about the Graduate Diploma/MA programs in Art History and Curatorial and Museum Studies, the ‘study for pleasure’ audit program, FEE-HELP and Austudy, phone Associate Professor Catherine Speck on (08) 8303 5746, email or visit 

Guided tours are available for tertiary, adult and English as a Second Language groups.
Information & Bookings: email us or telephone (08) 8207 7005.

Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
8 – 18 October 2015
Exhibitions continue at the Art Gallery of South Australia to January 2016

TARNANTHI provides a valuable learning opportunity for Tertiary and English as a Second Language students and educators by providing insights into contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

For TARNANTHI, Learning at the Gallery has developed a comprehensive inquiry-based teaching and learning program. More information here >

Educators and students are also invited to participate in the many events taking place during TARNANTHI, these include the TARNANTHI Launch, The Big Weekend, TARNANTHI Art Fair and a variety of workshops, talks and tours. TARNANTHI Program available here >

TARNANTHI Tertiary Sector + Teachers/Educators Briefing
Tertiary sector lecturers and students, and English as a Second Language educators, are invited to explore exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia with TARNANTHI Artistic Director Nici Cumpston and Art Gallery of South Australia Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Lisa Slade.
Recommended for tertiary sector lecturers and students from Arts, Design and Humanities disciplines, and English as a Second Language educators.
Professional Learning certificates supplied.
*As the Teachers Briefing event on Tuesday 20 October is booked out, educators of all year levels are welcome to attend this event.
When: Tuesday 27 October, 4:30 for a 5pm start – 7pm
Where: Meet at The Studio
Cost: $10, please book but pay at the door
Bookings essential: Email  
(Provide university/college name, names of attending lecturers/students and the discipline/s in which they lecture/study OR provide school/site name, names of attending educators and the year levels they teach)

TARNANTHI Guided and Self-Guided exhibition visits
Take a guided session with one of our Guides, or experience the exhibition through independent self-guided group learning.
Limited guided sessions available.
When: Weekdays during school term
Riverland: Yvonne Koolmatrie available for class/educator group visits commencing Monday 14 September 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016
Bush Footy available for class/educator group visits commencing Monday 14 September 2015 until Sunday 31 January 2016
TARNANTHI survey exhibition available for class/educator group visits commencing Monday 12 October 2015 until Sunday 17 January 2016
Cost: Free admission
Bookings essential: Register your booking here 

TARNANTHI Interpretive Resources will be available very soon.
Please sign up to receive the Learning eNews to be kept informed about when they will be available online.


The Research Library of the Art Gallery of South Australia is primarily for use by the staff of the Art Gallery. It is also open to the volunteer guides of the Art Gallery, as well as scholars and researchers from outside. Under certain circumstances, members of the public and graduate students whose needs cannot be met by the State Library or tertiary institution libraries may also gain access to the Research Library, at the discretion of the Librarian. The Research Library is located in the Sub-Basement of the West Wing of the Art Gallery and is accessible only with security clearance. Visitors with appointments should inquire at the Information Desk.
The Library is open between 9am and 5pm, Mondays to Fridays (except for public holidays).
Loans are limited to staff and gallery guides. Visitors cannot borrow but may read in the Reading Room. Photocopying facilities are available for a small fee. Inter-library loans can be arranged.
For further information telephone (08) 8207 7042 or email the Library

Installation view: Installation view: 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art featuring Tony Albert’s 108, 2011– 2013, private collection, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.