First Fridays


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 theGallery Store 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 or events.
Enquiries Call 08 8207 7000 or email 

This program is presented free to audiences with thanks to generous contributions from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts and the Thyne Reid Foundation.


Friday 5 October, 5 –9pm

Experience the free-spirited plucking of the all string Gypsy jazz group; Monsieur Swing. Find out more about international artist Chiharu Shiota and her string installation Absence Embodied or be introduced to the art of contemporary jewellery in a tour of To Have and to Hold: the Daalder Collection.
GUIDED TOURS – 5.00pm & 7.00pm

Take a tour of Chiharu Shiota’s solo exhibition Embodied and the contemporary jewellery display To Have and to Hold: the Daalder Collection.
Where: Meet in the Atrium

CURATORS CONNECTING – Absence embodied – 6.00pm
Join Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art and Russell Kelty, Associate Curator of Asian Art to hear the stories behind Chiharu Shiota’s epic new installation, Absence embodied.
Where: Gallery 14

MUSIC PERFORMANCES – 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Inspired by the classic Gypsy Jazz ensembles of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Monsieur Swing reflects, restores and reinterprets that great tradition for a modern audience.
Where: Sculpture courtyard

Friday 2 November 5 –9pm
ICHI GO ICHI E (one time, one meeting)

Join us as we celebrate the World Tea Gathering. Participate in an impromptu tea ceremony with visiting Tea Masters from across the globe, enjoy the hypnotic sounds of the Moonta Street band and take a tour with a Gallery Guide through some of our international displays.

Friday 7 December 5 - 9pm

Friday 4 January 5 - 9pm
Presented by TARNANTHI

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