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. 

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

Discover Historic Goodwood

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.

Discover Historic Goodwood will take you on a journey of our suburb like no other before. You will walk through the strange and intriguing stories of people and buildings past and present along Goodwood Road. Take a leisurely tour to visit 14 stops and listen to stories by local people and the history behind each place.

Watch this space for more details in early September on how you can download this app.

We say thank you all in our community who participated in this project.

Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade Art Projects

Four new public arts projects are now revealing themselves on Goodwood Road. These public arts projects are part of the Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade. Over 15 artists and numerous community individuals and organisations have contributed to shaping and producing these artworks. All contributors and creatives worked under the guiding principle that the artworks should reflect the character of the Goodwood Road Precinct by being colourful, accessible, casual, surprising, engaging, welcoming, social and playful/whimsical.
 
The City of Unley also wishes to acknowledge the professional assistance provided by Brecknock Consulting, Groundplay and Jensen Planning and Design throughout this project.

More updates will be provided once the Streetscape is complete and all the artworks installed and documented.


In the Groove
Artists Clancy Warner and Sarah-Jane Cook were commissioned to create permanent artworks which fit into ‘the grooves’ of 18 seat/planter units along Goodwood Road. Evoking the heritage, people, environment, spirit and aspirations of the Goodwood community, these unique brass, wood and ceramic sculptures take us on a diverse art trail along Goodwood Road.

Niche Market
10 artists were selected to create temporary artworks to be installed in 10 other seat/ planter units. Congratulations to artists Andrew McGowan, Anthea Fogarty, Cynthia Schwertsik, Helen Sherriff, Lillian Fellner, Nancy Downes, Rosana Cohen, Sarah-Jane Cook, Violet Cooper and Virginia Paterson for their works of art.

Welcome Mat
A series of individual art designs created by Ellen Schlobohm and fabricated and installed by Creative Pavements and MPS Paving Systems Australia will enliven six intersections along Goodwood Road bringing a whole new meaning to street art in Adelaide!

Post It
Post It is an ongoing project which is 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. Check out our first rolling curated community art ‘pin-up board’ on the banner poles on the side streets of Goodwood Road. Thanks to our first set of participants: Capri Cinema, Cathy Heptinstall, Joe Maniscalco, Richard Maurovic, Studio Flamenco, Sally Findlay and Ian Buckland.

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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au.

 
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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au
  • 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 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.