Arts & Culture

We are proud of our rich and creative traditions, practices and aspirations in arts and culture, which reflect, shape and challenge our personal and community identities.

We provide great opportunities for people to engage with and participate in a dynamic and vibrant environment that encourages positive ways of living together. We believe in collaborating with the community and organisations to support a whole range of activities, projects, programs, festivals, exhibitions, events, facilities and understandings that are part of the cultural fabric of our area.

If you are an artist, performer or community organisation interested in arts and culture in your local community, please contact the Cultural Development Officer, Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or email

Post It

 Examples of Post It Artworks

What are your favourite things about Goodwood?

Is it the people, the places, the things to do, your family, your friends, the history?
We’re looking for individuals and groups to submit images which will engage, intrigue, amuse and even challenge members of the public. We’re looking for drawings, paintings, original artworks, photos, or designs which express what makes Goodwood special.
This project is open to anybody who has a connection and special memory of Goodwood!

The Post It project

Your submitted images may be displayed on panels integrated in to unique banner poles,  which are being installed on the side streets as part of upgrades to Goodwood Road. View a detailed design of the Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade.
Around 100 images will be selected to be part of a rolling curated community art ‘pin-up board’. Using 12 images at a time, they will be reproduced as vinyl adhesives and displayed on 300mm aluminium panels. It is intended to turn the display over every 3 months until the end of 2019.

Submitting your images

Submitted images will be scaled to fit the templates provided (which is around A4 size). You could alternatively download the template, create an original design, drawing, painting or story. Then scan or take a high quality photo of the original and send to us.

  • Submitted images must be a minimum of 1MB in size to reproduce well.
  • Up to 5 images per person can be submitted.
  • Closing date for submissions is Thursday 15 June 2017.
Image selection

The final images will be selected by a panel of Council staff and a representative of Groundplay, consistent with selection processes for commissioned public art by the City of Unley.
Applicants will be informed by email in mid-July of the outcomes of the selection panel.
The choice of which 12 images will be displayed together will be undertaken as part of a considered curatorial process.
Acknowledgments of the contributors to the Post It project will be published on Council's website.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form below. Please read the Terms, Conditions and Eligibility section before making your submission.
If you have a great story which goes with your image you may wish to also consider submitting the story as part of our Discover Historic Goodwood project.

Post It will complement the other professional artworks on the Road and will continue to capture the community’s views of Our Goodwood.

  • Post It Templates
    You can submit an image file or create an original design, drawing, painting or story on the Post It Template. Then scan or take a high quality photo of the original and send to us, using the online form.
  • Complete an Application Form
    Submit your image(s) using the Post It Online Form.

    Submissions close Thursday 15 June 2017.
  • Terms, Conditions & Eligibility
    1. The Post It project is a display of images submitted by individuals or groups to be displayed on street banner poles near Goodwood Road from July 2017- 2019. The images are inspired by the favourite memories of Goodwood. The images can be drawings, paintings, original artworks, photos, words, articles and more which express what makes Goodwood special.
    2. Entries close 5pm, Thursday 15 June 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.
    3. The Post It project is open to any individuals or groups of any age.
    4. Individuals aged under 18 years may participate with the endorsement from a parent or guardian.
    5. City of Unley employees and families are not eligible to enter.
    6. All images must be related to the Goodwood vicinity.
    7. The applicant acknowledges and agrees that his or her entry will not be obscene, defamatory, libellous, threatening, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encouraging of conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, gives rise to civil liability, or violate any law.
    8. The Post It project images will be reproduced for presentation as vinyl adhesives on street banner pole aluminium panels.
    9. Final images to be reproduced will be selected by a panel of Council staff and a representative from Groundplay.
    10. By submitting image(s) the applicant agrees that their images may be reproduced by the City of Unley and the media, without fee, for the purpose of advertising, publicity and promotional materials for the City of Unley
    11. Photographs and images presented must be a minimum of 1MB in size.
    12. Up to 5 images may be submitted by one individual applicant.
    13. All costs associated with producing and submitting the images are the responsibilities of the applicant.
    14. City of Unley reserve the right to display images only selected by the selection panel.
    15. The selection panel decision is final and may not be appealed.
    16. Individual feedback regarding non-selection of images will not be provided.
    17. Entry is online only, via the City of Unley website. Images must be uploaded and entry form submitted via the site.
    18. Applicants will be informed by email in mid-July of the outcomes of the selection panel.
    19. The entrant or parent/guardian confirms and warrants that they have full power and authority to enter into this agreement and hereby indemnifies the Promoter from and against any and all costs and damages incurred as a result of any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  • More Information
    If you need more information or details about how you can submit your image please contact Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator, or phone 8372 5134.

    Please provide a name and some contact details in your email.

Discover Historic Goodwood

Have you got a great story about the Goodwood area? We would like to hear from you.
Unley Council is developing a local walking tour app, which will take people on a journey of local heritage buildings including stories, music and photographs. This app will build upon two historic walking trails we currently have on Unley Road.
We need your local knowledge to help us make this tour an interesting and creative experience in Our Goodwood.

Your Story

Maybe your story is about a neighbour, a famous person, a funny incident, a mystery, an important historic event or a significant moment.  It might have happened last week, last year or when you were a child. The more colourful the story, the better!

How to submit

You can submit as many stories as you like. You don’t have to be living in Goodwood now. Drop us an email with a short version of your story. If we can potentially incorporate your story into our app, we will be back in touch to gather more information.
Here’s an example story:
“Today’s Capri was the New Cinema Curzon in 1964.  Just three years later the cinema became the Cinema Capri – the International Cinema. Posters of travel scenes adorned the windows and ushers wore international dress.  A new larger screen was installed 6 metres in front of the old screen and enclosed with new red curtains. We thought going there was an exotic experience. It had a proper cappuccino machine!” 


If you have any questions please contact Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator. Please provide your name and some contact details so we can get back in touch.

Closing date

Submissions close 5pm Thursday 15 June 2017.

SALA in Unley

Welcome to 2017 South Australian Living Arts Festival in Unley.

Discover art in a local gallery, shop, business or studio. Discover emerging artists, established artists, community groups, visual art, sculptures, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and much more….

SALA runs throughout August, showcasing South Australia's visual artists’ talent and creativity. The SALA Festival celebrates local community and diversity. Over the past ten years, SALA in Unley has boasted more venues and artists than any other metropolitan region and continues to maintain its popularity.

To find exhibitions within the City of Unley, search the 2017 SALA Program online.

Watch this space for more SALA in Unley news!

  • City of Unley Active Ageing Award
    Andrea Malone with Councillors Palmer and Hughes

    Congratulations to Andrea Malone, winner of the City of Unley Active Ageing Award for her portrait of Australian music icon John Schumann. Our photo shows Andrea receiving her award certificate with Councillors Don Palmer (Left) and Peter Hughes (Right). 
  • Further Information
    To find out more about this year's SALA, or future opportunities in the arts and culture space, phone Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator, on 8372 5134 or email

Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade Art Projects

 Streetscape Concept Illustration

Four new public arts projects will be revealed on Goodwood Road this year, which are a platform for a changing program of artistic interventions by artists and/or community members collaborating with artists. These public arts projects are part of the Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade. 

  • In the Groove

    A team of artists have been commissioned to create permanent artworks which fit into ‘slots’ installed in 18 seat/planter units along Goodwood Road. 

  • Niche Market
    10 artists have been commissioned to create temporary artworks which will sit within ‘niches’ inside planter boxes on Goodwood Road. Niches will create ‘platforms’ for miniature artworks, which will act almost like hidden gems or jewels, and will be discovered by and reward the viewer by creating a special moment in time. 
  • Welcome Mat

    An artist has been commissioned to create 6 stencil designs which will be used in DuraTherm™ treatment on the side streets at 6 intersections along Goodwood Road. The main aim of this project is to create a dynamic, vibrant and welcoming feel to the side road intersections of Florence, Rosa, Lily and Gilbert Streets on the eastern side of Goodwood Road and Surrey and Victoria Streets on the western side of Goodwood Road.  

Public Arts Strategy

Our Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy seeks to set a new example of how public arts can be conceived, developed, implemented and sustained. The Strategy provides directions for the commissioning of public arts that are creative, relevant and contemporary and also increase awareness, as well as complement the qualities and values of the City of Unley.

Since 2014/15, Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy has created a program of public arts commissioning and support, which stimulates thinking, invites interaction, celebrates diversity, allows for contemplation and even questions our assumptions.

This Strategy includes:

  • Objectives, principles and types of art that will underpin the delivery of public arts over the next five years
  • Actions and pilot projects involving different types of public arts
  • The City of Unley Public Arts Policy

For further information, please contact the Cultural Development Coordinator on 8372 5134 or email

Public Arts Strategy


Four Elements Public Art Rejuvenation Project

Four Elements is a public art work on the Unley Village Green by John Davis, created in 1980. The artwork references and celebrates the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire and has been enjoyed by many local residents, families and school children. It has become an iconic piece of public art in Unley. In 2016 it was rejuvenated and re-expressed by Greg Healey, who added additional features to the artwork such as a soundscape that references running water and a visual representation of water made of steel.
Lead Artist: Greg Healey
Collaborators: Sandpit (experiential design firm) and Hugo Mount (stonemason)
Photos:  Silvertrace Photography by Samantha Oster

Emerging Art Walls

The Emerging Art Walls project is an ongoing street art initiative which aims to enliven and enhance spaces around the City of Unley and create a strong feeling of identity, community pride and ownership. In 2015, the community were asked to nominate walls or infrastructure suitable for murals .These artworks were completed in late 2016. The themes for the murals range from our role in guarding nature, the relationship between the natural and built worlds and local community members.

Lead Artist: Seb Humphreys
Artists: Buff Dis, Jimmy Dodd, Kab101, Order55, Thom Buchanan, Vans the Omega
Photos and moving images: Sam Roberts and Rumpus Room Studio


Emerging Art Walls has been proudly sponsored by Crowies Paints.
Crowies Paints Logo

All Connections to Unley Art Prize

The City of Unley is delighted to announce the winners for the All Connections to Unley Art Prize. 

And you too could have prints of these artworks!

All Connections to Unley Art Prize is a new initiative of the City of Unley. Offered for the first time in 2016, South Australian artists, young people and children were invited to create artworks drawing on their personal connection to the City of Unley. Entries were open to artworks in two dimensional mediums, including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, collage and new media.

In May, the finalists and winners in each of the categories were presented in an exhibition at the Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Park Community Centre. The finalists were selected by the judging panels to be at the highest level of the entry collective. These artists were selected based on technique, creativity and engagement with the theme of “All Connections to Unley”. Karen Paris has curated this exhibition.

On Friday 6 May at the Hughes Gallery, Mayor Lachlan Clyne presented the prizes to the winners.

Open Category: Peter Barnes

Prize: $5,000

 Peter Barnes - God & Mammon photograph
God & Mammon - Inkjet print on Canson Baryta Photographique

Youth Category: Emma

Prize: $1,000 plus mentorship or short course (value $500)

 Emma - Suburban Fairy Tale watercolour
Suburban Fairy-tale - Watercolour


Children Category: Yike

Prize: $500 worth of art making materials

 Yike - The Purple Unley watercolour
The Purple Unley - Watercolour
People's Choice: Sarah McDonald
Art School at Sunset Fullarton Park Centre
The Art School at Sunset, Fullarton Park Centre – Oil on linen

The artworks of the winners in each of the categories have been reproduced on selected public bins across the City of Unley. Now a limited edition sticker set for residents’ blue bins is available to Unley residents. Phone Customer Service on 8372 5111 to get hold of your set.

Past Projects & Galleries

Discover arts projects and events recently held in the City of Unley.
  • Interactive Dance Play at Mud Central | April 2016
    Mud Central was a large family event held at Ridge Park, Myrtle Bank in April 2016 and attended by approximately 4,000 children and parents. The event aimed to encourage children and their families to connect, be creative and play with nature and in this case, mud! The artists used music, dance and performance to inspire mud play, contemplation and hands-on learning.
    Artists: Billie Cook, Cinzia Schincariol, Katerina Stevens
    Creative Producer: Billie Cook
    Photos: Silvertrace Photography by Samantha Oster
  • Linger, longer | April 2015
    This public arts project was an artistic collaboration between the City of Unley, Dario Vacirca and artists Emma Beech, Erin Fowler, Josephine Were, Maya Sollier and El Pablo from Open Space.

    Linger, longer was an investigative and experiential temporary public arts project re-examining our place in space.

    It involved installations, theatre, dance and creative engagement to take participants on a shared journey exploring their common spaces.

    Linger, longer was part of the first year of exciting and innovative public arts projects linked to Involve Unley – Public Arts Strategy. Linger, longer tested and experimented with temporary public arts to educate, inform, facilitate and collaborate in a new way of engaging with our community through the expression of the arts. Diverse art forms were used to bring our public realm to life.

    For more information on this project, please contact Matthew Ives Cultural Development Coordinator
  • Found, out | May 2015
    Found, out was an investigative and experiential temporary public arts project about re-discovering and re-connecting with our local parks and reserves.

    Over two weekends in May 2015 at Soutar Park and Everard Park Reserve, local people came together as artists and explorers with professional artists to work together to imagine, contribute, and slowly transform the park with collective sculptures. Using the medium of clay and found flora from gardens, parks and reserves, people created their own work and placed them in their favourite places!

    Artists: Morag Cook, Sarah-Jane Cook and Kim ShanahanCreative
    Producer: Morag Cook
    Photos and moving images: Ben Searcy
  • FEAST Festival
    Council has hosted FEAST Festival events since 2007. Presently held in November, FEAST is a major event on the festival calendar and is South Australia's largest LGBTIQ curated cultural festival. The event attracts performers from all over the world and visitors from near and far.
  • Coffee, Tea & Poetry | 2014
    Once upon a time, instead of going to the movies or watching TV, people would gather to listen to someone tell a story or recite a poem. This was a custom that celebrated the beauty of the spoken word and engaged the community. The City of Unley brought the oral storytelling tradition back to life by presenting live poetry performances in local Cafés.

    In 2014, in the lead up to Double Shot Unley Coffee Fiesta, five local cafes hosted performance poets working in their spaces for around two hours. Writing, reading, performing and chatting - residents were invited to meet, listen to and drink with professional poets.

    Participating cafes were:
    • By Blackbird Coffee and Dessert Cafe, Shop 4, 100 King William Road, Hyde Park
    • Hyde Park Bakery, 1 Mitchell Street, Hyde Park
    • Pellegrini Café, 169 Unley Road, Unley
    • Lunch Club, Unley Shopping Centre, Unley Road
    • Carnevale Coffee 114 East Avenue, Clarence Park

    This project is an initiative of The City of Unley’s Where Business Meets Art project in conjunction with Friendly Street Poets and SA Writers Centre.

    For all enquiries, please contact Matthew Ives email or phone 8372 5134.
  • Footstomping, Fables & Film
    Heywood Park was brought alive with Footstomping, Fables and Film. The biggest of the Summer Outdoor Entertainment events included live music from local bands Cold Comfort, The Timbers and Prawnhead, a wonderful Splash Theatre Company performance of Mr Badger: Wind in the Willows, food and beverages provided by Fuji Rolls and Great Relish Organic Coffee and our lovely writer in residence, Lilliana Rose. The afternoon was topped off with the community settling into a Road Movie Mobile Cinema Screening of Disney Pixar animation Brave.