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.

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

All Connections to Unley Art Prize

All Connections to Unley Art Prize invites South Australian artists, of all ages and career stages, to create artworks on their personal connection to the City of Unley.

Entries are now open for artworks in two and three dimensional mediums, including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, collage and new media.

A major prize of $5,000 is on offer to the overall winner, with an Elected Members Choice Award of $500 to be awarded to the finalist selected by the City of Unley's Elected Members.

All finalists will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery in June 2019 and on the City of Unley website.

Please read all competition details below and enter online.

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  • Prize Categories
    Artworks must fit within the theme of “All Connections to Unley.”

    All Connections to Unley Art Prize offers one open category for artists at all career stages, including hobbyists, emerging artists, mid and long term career artists.

    The prize on offer to the overall winner is $5,000.

    A $500 award is offered for the EM Choice Award for artworks selected by the Elected Members. 

    Please note, this competition will be managed as non-acquisitive, meaning winning artwork will not be retained by the City of Unley, but will be for sale during the exhibition or returned to the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition if unsold.
  • Exhibition & Display
    Finalists will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery in June 2019 and on the City of Unley website.
    The winning artwork will be reproduced as posters on public bins in the City of Unley and limited edition bin stickers available to residents of the City of Unley.

    Finalists will be exhibited in an online gallery on the City of Unley website from June 2019.
  • Important Dates
    15 December 2018 Entries Open
    8 April 2019 Entries Close
    10 May 2019 Finalists to be notified via email
    10 May 2019 Finalists published on City of Unley website
    5 June 2019 Delivery of selected finalist works to Hughes Gallery
    7 June – 27 June 2019 Finalist Exhibition dates 
    7 June 2019 Exhibition Launch and announcement of winner
    1 July 2019 Collection of artworks from Hughes Gallery
    12 July 2019 Announcement of the EM Choice Award winner
  • Theme
    Works must have a real or imagined connection to the City of Unley.  Works must represent, be an interpretation of, or be inspired by, currently or historically, the Unley area. 

    The artist must be South Australian, but does not need to reside in Unley. 

    Artworks must demonstrate a thematic connection to Unley. 

    A short (60 word) statement entered with the artwork will describe how the work fits with the theme.
  • Medium
    Artworks may be two or three dimensional. The winning work will be reproduced in two dimensional, portrait format. Works in any medium are accepted.

    Two dimensional works must not exceed 100 x 100 cm (no side may be greater than 100cm).

    Three dimensional works must not be larger than 1 square metre.

    All works must be ready for display with plinths, display equipment, AV equipment and hooks.  These will not be supplied by the organisers.
  • Judging
    All works submitted will be subject to a pre-selection process by the judging panel based upon the digital images submitted.  The pre-selected finalist list will be published on the City of Unley website from 10 May 2019. Finalists will be notified if they have been shortlisted via email on 10 May 2019.  All notification and correspondence will be via email.  Finalist artworks will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery from 7 June- 28 June 2019.

    The judging panel will select the prize winning work of art at the exhibition from those works selected as finalists and exhibited in the finalist exhibition at Hughes Gallery. The winners will be announced at the exhibition launch event on Friday 7 June 2019.

    Selection is made from submission material and is based on which entries best respond to the curatorial theme of All Connections to Unley.

    The panel decision is final and may not be appealed.

    The judging panel will be:
    • A City of Unley Elected Member
    • Art industry representative (artist/curator)
    • City of Unley Cultural Development Coordinator

  • Entries
    In preparation for submitting your entry online, please consider:
    • Your Artwork’s title and size (in cm)
    • The medium/s used
    • Your retail price (the total amount you wish your work to be sold for, including 22% commission)
    • Supplying a digital image. Your image must be 300dpi and no larger than 10MB. Remember the judging panel will be selecting finalists based on the image you upload, so please ensure the image shows your artwork as clearly as possible. For further advice on images please email

    Enter Online

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

    Enquiries email or phone 8372 5111.

  • Terms & Conditions
    Judges decision is final.
    Artists are responsible for the safety of artworks during transport and delivery to the venue. Upon receipt the artworks will be inspected for damage prior to being accepted. Damaged works will not be accepted and will not be included in the finalist exhibition.
    While the City of Unley will take all precautions to ensure artworks are handled, stored and exhibited safely, City of Unley does not insure artworks whilst on exhibition or take responsibility for damages, theft or loss while the works are in its custody.  Artists are encouraged to insure artworks included in the exhibition at their own cost. 
    In submitting the online entry, the entrant acknowledges that they have read, understood and accepted all the terms and conditions.

Arts In Your Space

Arts In Your Space is the Year 4 initiative of our Public Arts Strategy.
This project encouraged selected artists to re-consider highly visible locations in Unley as cultural canvases, and supports Council in reviving interest for art in public spaces.
Arts In Your Space provided opportunities for artists to make a statement, selecting from a choice of potential sites in Unley’s public realm.
Six diverse, exciting and unique public arts projects were commissioned across the Council area which are memorable additions to our evergrowing public gallery.
This project has been supported by a public art and design grant from Arts South Australia.

  • Unley Colour Court – Page Park, Clarence Park

    Potentially the first basketball court mural in South Australia, and maybe Australia, Unley Colour Court has been produced by artist Matt Fortrose for the City of Unley. Drop by and check out Unley Colour Court at Page Park, the first of our ‘Arts In Your Space’ projects.
    Post a selfie of you and others on the basketball court on Instagram #unleycolourcourt #funley #cityofunley  

    Matthew Fortrose is an experienced street artist whose artworks are a contemporary response to the heritage tones found within the Unley area. The deeper shades of slate and cream are reflective of bluestone and sandstone, materials often used in the construction of earlier housing in Unley.

  • This time another year – Henry Codd Reserve, Parkside
    This time another year

    Two contemporary 2m white mild steel sculptural artworks by artist Bridget Currie are complemented by Giant Sea Squill and Native Chocolate Lily bulbs within their space, which will give the sculptures a different perspective with the changing seasons. Bridget is one of Adelaide’s foremost contemporary artists represented by Greenaway Gallery and has exhibited around the world. These sculptures are among the first contemporary conceptual artworks we have commissioned in the public realm. Bridget explains,

    “The form of the sculptural elements is abstract, developed intuitively in relation to the site. What is a visitor to the Henry Codd Reserve thinking? The action of walking, memories, abstract thoughts, sensory information from the environment are all layered together. As we float in our own thoughts it is imagined that the white sculptural forms will float in the park setting providing a moment of stillness and contemplation.

    Ideas of regeneration, time and transcience are evoked by the life cycle of a bulb. The cyclical nature of flowering bulbs allows an element of anticipation and familiarity to develop for members of the local community and regular users of the park. I hope that the growth of the bulbs within the structure becomes a regular event that can be looked forward to and enjoyed with pride by the local community."

  • The Beehives of Goodwood – Goodwood Oval, Millswood
    The Beehives of Goodwood

    Two mild steel domes representing bee hives have been created by artist Ellen Schlobohm close to the playground and subtly placed in the mulch beneath the cork trees but clearly visible from the main oval. Ellen explains,

    “The design for the dome reflects a beehive and its inhabitants. Bees live in communities and work together to prosper and grow. This reflects the way the community within the City of Unley comes together for events, makes way for new infrastructure and supports local businesses and produce. The domes celebrate community and emphasise the value of coming together, to work, to live and to thrive. My proposed site for the domes is Goodwood Oval which is an important part of this community. Locals come to watch sporting matches, host family picnics and enjoy the fantastic playground area. The space connects people from all aspects of the community and can only be enhanced with public art which will be enjoyed for years to come.

    I also chose to use the hive and bee motifs in my designs as I believe it is important to recognise the vital role that bees play in our overall ecosystem and the impact modern society has had on their natural environment. We need to encourage our bee populations to grow in a way that is sustainable and healthy for both the bees and the community. The domes encourage people to consider this issue and provides a starting point for conversations between parents and their children about respecting our environment.”

  • Ways of walking – everyday journeys of citizens of Unley
    Ways of walking

    Ways of Walking is a walking tour of everyday walks and unique experiences of local people in Malvern, Highgate, Fullarton and Myrtle Bank. Artist Cynthia Schwertsik gathered stories, memories and activities of local residents through community engagement at Highgate Primary School, Fullarton Park Community Centre and other Council facilities. Cynthia has re-told their stories on stobie pole signs (which pay homage to our everyday regulatory street signage) and re-interpreted them with videos, photos and images. By downloading the QR Code app you can enjoy 20 mini-artworks and “reveal the pleasures encountered by residents every day and open a portal to share the joy both in the real space as well as in the virtual” (Cynthia Schwertsik).

    Ways of Walking is part of an ongoing series of walking trails and are available by using the app. Go to the App Store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL, work your way through the introduction and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen to reveal Discover Historic Goodwood. And don’t forget to download the QR code app as well.

    Please check out Discover Historic Goodwood, Discover Historic Unley, Goodwood Road Streetscape artworks and, during SALA Festival, SALA in Unley.


  • Poolside - Forestville Reserve, Forestville

    This 18 metre artwork created by Project2Project is a celebration of the Unley Swimming Centre creating a strong sense of nostalgia and fun. Using historical and contemporary images on the rear wall of the Swimming Centre’s change rooms, this image will make you come back time and again to see the many contemporary ’disruptions’ Project2Project have added. As they say,

    “We believe that artworks in the public realm should engage the viewer multiple times and to this end we create work that is playful and has a sense of discovery: hidden treasures to be experienced over time.”

  • This way and that – Culvert Street, Parkside
    This way and that

    Two colourful 2.8m concrete and steel sculptures created by artist Cheryll Johns are a playful expression on the amount of signage we have in our public realm and ‘directs’ the large amount of pedestrians and cyclists who travel in both directions along Glen Osmond Creek. Cheryll says,

    “This way and that’ is a response to the pathways winding through the site. A tongue in cheek twist on signage. A thoroughfare doesn’t have to be seen as a disadvantage. A path is a shared space where different people’s journeys cross and intersect, take u-turns and about-faces. Life isn’t ruled by a straight path. People smile at each other, wave, stop and talk to each other bringing their own personal take on the world with them, touching other’s world as they pass another. Individual moments come together to form a collective experience. This is the value of a public pathway. ‘This way and that’ celebrates inclusive spaces for everyone’s journey.

    Bright and uplifting, these figures are attention seekers designed to steal moments from pedestrian’s everyday routine to encourage them to take in their surroundings. They are a reason to stop, appreciate and enjoy the space. These sculptures are friendly and accessible in feel. They are a discussion point, drawing the public through the Culvert Street site to see them.”

Discover Historic Goodwood

Discover Historic Goodwood is a free self-guided walking tour app, which will take you on a journey of Goodwood like no other before. 
Discover Historic Goodwood will walk you through the strange and intriguing stories of people and buildings past and present along Goodwood Road. Take a leisurely tour to visit 14 stops, listen to stories by local people, view historical photographs and discover the history behind each place.
Earlier this year we asked our community to share their stories of Goodwood with the assistance of Open Space Contemporary Arts and various artists. 10 of these stories are included in the text, photographic and audio tour.
14 pavers entitled Discover Historic Goodwood, manufactured by Smart Artisans, help guide you round the trail.

  • Download the App

    Go to the App Store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL, work your way through the introduction and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen to reveal Discover Historic Goodwood.

  • Historic Walking Trails in Unley

    Discover Historic Goodwood is part of an ongoing series of historic walking trails, including Discover Historic Unley which was launched in 2014 and the Unley Road Traders’ Business History Makers in 2016. 

    More information on these can be found at the Unley Museum at 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley.

  • Acknowledgements

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

    Discover Historic Goodwood is a collaboration between Open Space Contemporary Arts, Alyssa Hill Consulting, Smart Artisans, the vibrant Goodwood community and the City of Unley.
    Project management: City of Unley and Open Space Contemporary Arts
    Historical content and images: Unley Museum
    Story collectors: Emma Beech and Susie Skinner
    Sound design: Jason Sweeney
    App management: Alyssa Hill Consulting
    Streetscape pavers: Smart Artesans

Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade Art Projects

Four new public arts projects are on display along Goodwood Road. The projects are part of the 2017 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 wishes to acknowledge the professional assistance provided by Brecknock Consulting, Groundplay and Jensen Planning and Design throughout this project.

View detailed documentation on all the artworks on our project page.

Photos: Sam Oster/ Silvertrace

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.
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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


Past Projects & Galleries

Discover arts projects and events recently held in the City of Unley.
  • 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
  • All Connections to Unley Art Prize 2016

    All Connections to Unley Art Prize was 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 2016, 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.

  • 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.