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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au

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.

Over the next five years, Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy will create 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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au.
 
Public Arts Strategy

 

Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade Art Projects

 Streetscape Concept Illustration

The City of Unley is seeking Expressions of Interest from individual artists, artist teams and creatives for three exciting and unique art opportunities in the public realm as part of the Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade. The briefs for each of the elements can be found below. Prior experience in public art is not required. Please note the differences in briefs carefully.
  • In the Groove
    Permanent artworks created by a team of artists to be installed in 18 seat/planter units along Goodwood Road. 
       

    Details of agreement to be entered into can be obtained from Matthew Ives mives@unley.sa.gov.au after 9 January 2017.

    Please send your quotation to quotations@unley.sa.gov.au quoting Tender Number QU 260 by 3pm 10 February 2017.

    Project completed by late May 2017. Total budget $25,000 (excl GST)

  • Niche Market

    Temporary artworks to be installed in 10 seat/ planter units along Goodwood Road. 


    Expressions of interest to be emailed to mives@unley.sa.gov.au by 3pm 10 February 2017.

    Project completed by late May 2017. Individual artist commission $1,000 (excl GST).

  • Welcome Mat

    The design of concepts for colour stencils to be used in the installation of DuraTherm™ treatment on the side streets at 6 intersections along Goodwood Road. 


    Details of agreement to be entered into can be obtained from Matthew Ives mives@unley.sa.gov.au after 9 January 2017.

    Expressions of interest to be emailed to mives@unley.sa.gov.au by 3pm 10 February 2017.

    Project completed 14 April 2017. Total budget $5000 (excl GST).

All Connections to Unley Art Prize

art prize logo
 

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.

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.

Art posters on bins


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

 

  • Finalists

    Open Category

    Artists at all career stages, including hobbyists, emerging artists, mid and long term career artists.

    • Peter Barnes - God & Mammon - Digital photograph, inket print on archival cotton rag
    • Mike Barr - Late Afternoon - Unley Road  - Oil on board
    • Maggie Cecchin - Jacaranda time - Acrylic mixed media on canvas
    • Neville Cichon - Unley Road Skyline - Photography
    • Sophie Downey - Nicole Sheehan: Mayoress in Waiting - Acrylic on wood panel
    • Sonja Durmanovic - Creating Him - Mixed Media (Soft Pastel/Pan Pastel/Colour Pencil)
    • Jo Gardiner - Top dog - Oil
    • Forest Harder - Unearthed treasure - Photography
    • Sarah McDonald -  "The Art School at Sunset", Fullarton Park Centre - Oil on Linen
    • Ashley Mossman - All roads lead to Unley....  - Photographic
    • Sean Mullarkey - "Goodnight Goodwood - "Keats and Yeats are on your side"  -  Photographic Print
    • Lilianna Pasternak - Flying foxes - acrylic and mixed media
    • Mark Rech - Unley Cat Ladies - Painting - acrylic paint, paint pen
    • Helen Sherriff - My Summer Garden, Unley - Oil
    • Laura Wills  -  Ye Ol Tree - special edition digital print and pastel on Hahnemuhle paper

    Youth Category

    Ages 14 - 18.

    • Emma  -  Suburban Fairy-tale  -  Watercolour
    • Sofia  -  My Mandala -   mixed media pencil and marker

    Children Category

    Under 13.

    • Abbie Jai  -   Light Up Unley  -  Photography
    • Adèle -  Untitled  -  watercolour, glitter watercolour and finger paint on paper
    • Emma Caitlyn  -  Cockatoo  -  Canvas
    • Oliver  -  A-Round Unley  -  Collage
    • Unley Primary School Room 23  -  Our Connection to Unley Primary  -  Photography / Collage
    • William  -   Behind Closed Doors  -  Photography
    • Yike   -  The Purple Unley  -  Water colour


    Exhibition open at Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Park Community Centre.
    Come visit and vote in the People’s Choice award. Monday to Friday 9 May – 27 May 2016.

Linger Longer

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 is part of the first year of exciting and innovative public arts projects linked to the new Involve Unley – Public Arts Strategy.

The purpose of the first year is to test and experiment 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 will be used to bring our public realm alive.

For more information on this project, please contact Matthew Ives Cultural Development Coordinator mives@unley.sa.gov.au.

Found Out

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 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
 

Past Projects & Galleries

Discover arts projects and events recently held in the City of Unley.
  • 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 is part of the first year of exciting and innovative public arts projects linked to the new Involve Unley – Public Arts Strategy.

    The purpose of the first year is to test and experiment 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 will be used to bring our public realm alive.

    For more information on this project, please contact Matthew Ives Cultural Development Coordinator mives@unley.sa.gov.au.
  • 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
    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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au 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.