This page lists the various activities going on alongside and beyond the keynotes, panels and papers.
The opening night reception for the conference will be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The gallery has a long history of presenting an outstanding mix of inspiring and challenging works of art from Australia, Europe and Asia. Read more ...
The collection began in 1881 and is one of the largest in Australia, boasting over 47,000 works of art, including the work of internationally acclaimed artists. Under the creative direction of Director Nick Mitzevich the Gallery has enjoyed significant momentum and growth and has repositioned itself with a renewed focus on contemporary art.
TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
During the opening night reception, delegates will have the opportunity to undertake free guided tours of the Art Gallery’s exhibitions in the TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Read more ...
The 2017 TARNANTHI Festival will build on the success of the 2015 event, by presenting the art of Australia's rich and diverse Indigenous cultures on an unprecedented scale. A platform for important stories from across the country to be seen and heard, TARNANTHI offers an unmissable opportunity to experience the best of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Straitrow Islander art.
Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatajrra Lands
The AAS Conference coincides with the South Australian Museum's next major exhibition of Australian Aboriginal culture, Ngurra: Home in the Ngaanyatajrra Lands. Read more ...
The exhibition unpacks the Aboriginal concept of Ngurra (camp/Country/Home) to explore the dynamics and meanings of life in the Western Desert communities. The exhibition is a collaboration with Ngaanyatjarra artists, and explores mobility, youth culture, fashion and technology in the formation of contemporary modes of belonging. AAS delegates will have opportunities to visit the exhibition with Museum curators Glenn Iseger Pilkington and Professor John Carty.
The conference’s gala dinner will be held on Thursday 14th December in the Exhibition Hall of the National Wine Centre. The National Wine Centre is an architecturally unique venue situated on the edge of Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Gardens. Read more ...
The National Wine Centre prides itself on not being a traditional function venue. Its pillarless function spaces have full natural light, and its catering showcases the best of local produce. The Centre houses the largest wine tasting experience in Australia, which adds a unique dimesnion to the dining experience.
Ashes test match
From 2-6th December – i.e. the week before the conference – the England and Austalian cricket teams will play an Ashes test match at the iconic Adelaide Oval. This will be the first ever day-night Ashes test, and so will be a unique experience. Read more ...
If any delegates are interested in attending the match, then they should make contact with Richard Vokes directly –richard.vokes(at)adelaide.edu.au - who has arranged a block booking for the games. Australian supporters are warned, however, that they should prepare to be disappointed with the result! (writes Richard).