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 2 November 5 - 9pm

Join us this First Friday as we celebrate the World Tea Gathering. Participate in an impromptu tea ceremony with visiting tea artists from across the globe, enjoy the hypnotic sounds of Moonta Street or experience an intimate contemporary performance inspired by the tea ceremony.

GUIDED TOURS – 5.00pm & 7.00pm
Take a tour of John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new or tour selected works from the collection.
Where: Meet in the Atrium


Awaken your imagination and be cleansed by a performance inspired by ritual, butoh and the tea ceremony. Tea Shaman is the brainchild of world-renowned performance artist and tea devotee Yumi Umiumare. Experience the transformative power of the act of making a bowl of tea.
Where: Sculpture Courtyard


'Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility' are said to make up the moral and aesthetic essence of the tea ceremony. Join Yumi Umiumare, Adam WojciƄski and Erika Kobayashi as they explore these ultimate states of feeling through performance. Music performed by Stephen Whittington & Derek Pascoe.
Where: Radford Auditorium

MUSIC – 5.30pm & 7.30pm
With highlights of blues, reggae and jazz, and the influence of traditional Chinese music, Moonta Street band create music that spans continents but is uniquely Australian.
Where: Sculpture courtyard

ICHI GO ICHI E (one time, one meeting) – impromptu
Join the tea artists throughout the Gallery as they present a series of opportunities to partake in unique tea experiences.
Where: Throughout the Gallery and its grounds.
Friday 7 December 5 - 9pm
Australian Art Anew 
Elder Wing of Australian Art rehang launch

Friday 4 January 5 - 9pm
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
Presented by TARNANTHI

Friday 1 February 5 - 9pm
Grab the Bull by the Horns – experiencing Picasso: The Vollard Suit

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