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 mives@unley.sa.gov.au

SALA in Unley

Chris-Webb-and-Rosina-Possingham-SALA-paintings

Artists: Chris Webb (L) & Rosina Possingham (R).

 

Welcome to 2019 SALA in Unley. We’ve been going for 13 years!

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.

This year’s South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival runs throughout August, showcasing the talent and creativity of South Australia's visual artists. The SALA Festival celebrates local community and diversity.

Over the past 13 years, SALA in Unley has boasted as many venues and artists as any other metropolitan region and continues to maintain its popularity.

This year more than 30 venues in the City of Unley host a myriad of artists across different mediums.

To explore SALA venues and events in our City, download the:

To browse the full SALA program and to plan your visual arts itinerary, visit the SALA website.

Artist Registration Subsidy

The City of Unley has proudly supported more than 20 artists with registration subsidies for the 2019 SALA Festival.

The artist registration subsidy scheme supports artists exhibiting in the City of Unley area and acknowledges the role that artists and local venues play in the cultural life of the City of Unley.

City of Unley Active Ageing Award

In celebration of our long association with SALA Festival and to promote our Active Ageing Strategy, we sponsored the fourth Active Ageing SALA Award.

Watch this space as we announce the winner who will receive $2000 and a free gallery space in Unley for SALA 2020.

Visit 2018 winner Chris Webb's exhibition at the Hughes Gallery this year.

For more detail about this year’s SALA or future opportunities in the arts and culture space, please contact Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator, on 8372 5134 or email mives@unley.sa.gov.au

All Connections to Unley Art Prize

Park Pair by Emma Young

Judges have selected ‘Park Pair’ by Emma Young as the winning work for the $5,000 All Connections to Unley Art Prize 2019.

The City of Unley invited South Australian artists, of all ages and career stages, to create artworks for entry to the All Connections to Unley Art Prize. The prize is for works to the theme of connection to the City of Unley.

Along with the major prize of $5,000 presented to the overall winner, there will be an Elected Members Choice Award of $500 to be awarded to the finalist selected by the City of Unley's Elected Members at the conclusion of exhibition.
 
The judging panel, made up of Alice Clanachan of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Peter Hughes, Councillor for Fullarton Ward and Matthew Ives, City of Unley’s Cultural Development Officer, selected the finalists to be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery, Fullarton. 

Congratulations to Emma Young, who was announced as the overall winner at the finalist exhibition launch on Friday 7 June 2019.
 
The winning artwork will be reproduced as posters on public bins and limited-edition bin stickers will be available to City of Unley residents.

 

Echo Public Art Project

“Echo“
 
Echo is a permanent public art project for the City of Unley by artist Jason Sims. It will be located in Heywood Park, Unley Park near the southern side intersection of King William Road and Northgate Street.
 
Echo is a large-scale geometric sculpture that will use the properties of light and reflection to create a simple illusion of space and form.
 
Echo will have a significant presence and impact which has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. It has been designed to reflect the value the City of Unley places on community, heritage and the environment, and thus provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

 

The playful, interactive nature of the work ensures it will be accessible and engaging for all age groups and reflects the City’s focus on community and the park’s role as a communal space designed to support health and wellness.
 
It will foster connectedness, requiring two or more people, one in the role of player and the other viewer, to enjoy elements of its interactive nature and has the potential to become a ‘selfie spot’ that becomes iconic to Unley and beloved by locals. Echo will significantly contribute to the park’s renewed appeal and vibrancy, as well as increasing awareness and enjoyment of public art.
 
Echo builds upon a growing amount of high quality and well respected artworks in the public realm commissioned by the City of Unley. It is the most significant and largest artwork the City of Unley has commissioned to date.

 

“Heywood Park“
 
Echo has already been recognised as the most significant large scale piece of public art in 2019 in South Australia with the award of funding from Arts South Australia. This Major Commission funding is only given for one project per year.
 
Site preparation, construction and installation will commence on Monday 22 July 2019. This may be up to five weeks. All of these elements will be subject to weather conditions.
 
Please refer to below FAQ section for additional information. Additional information and updates will be provided as the project develops.
 
  • What is public arts in Unley?
    In 2014 the City of Unley endorsed the comprehensive Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy 


    Part of this Strategy addressed ‘What is Public Arts in Unley’ (pages 8,9) and Guiding Principles (pages 12,13).

  • What is Echo?

    Echo is a permanent public art project for the City of Unley by artist Jason Sims.

    Echo is a large-scale geometric sculpture (approximately 4m high x 4.5m wide x 3m deep) that will use the properties of light and reflection to create a simple illusion of space and form.

    Echo is the principal project in Year 5 of the City of Unley’s Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy. Prior to the selection of this artwork, this project was known as Centrepiece.

    It is to be in Heywood Park, Unley Park - southern side intersection of King William Road and Northgate Street.

    The key themes of the artwork are to reflect local heritage, the environment and community using a contemporary sculpture which invites audiences to interact.

    From the side, the sculpture will be formed of a copper-clad tetrahedron (or triangular pyramid) missing one of its four points and its opposite face. From the front and back, viewers will be able to see within and through this form. Its internal surfaces will comprise of mirrored stainless steel and reflect in such a way as to create a kind of kaleidoscope forming the illusion of an icosahedron (or geometric ball) hovering within. The icosahedron will be formed of a collection of triangles reflecting the environment directly behind and adjacent to the sculpture.

    Inherently playful, the work will invite interaction. While the illusion within will be formed of reflections of the surrounding environment, these may include those of viewers who stand behind the work in line with the triangular void. The work will be positioned on one of its points and nestle into a grassy mound designed to conceal any structural supports and facilitate access to the rear triangular void (or viewing window), inviting people of all ages to engage with the work.

  • What is its artistic merit?

    Echo will be a unique, large-scale work with significant presence and impact that has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. Reflecting the value the City of Unley places on community and the environment, the work has been designed to provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

    Its scale and aesthetic qualities will ensure it is visible and engaging both from a distance and on closer inspection. From afar, the work will be bold and intriguing. Its dynamic geometric form will contrast with the surrounding natural environment and arouse curiosity among passers-by, including motorists.

    Comprising a series of interesting tensions, the sculpture’s natural copper finish (that will patina over time) will contrast with its highly polished interior; its dynamic geometric form will juxtapose with the natural environment within which it sits; and the seemingly static nature of the work from afar will contrast with the ever-changing reflections found within.

    “I’ve always been interested in trying to create work that facilitates a very visceral experience for the viewer and instigates a kind of tug war between instinct and intellect whereby (hopefully) intellect surrenders, and the viewer allows the illusion to take hold. I like to think that exercising our imagination can change the way we perceive the world around us and how we question assumed truths.  On closer inspection, the work will surprise viewers able to see within and through the form. Capturing a kaleidoscope of reflections, the illusion of space created within its core will have a seductive quality, playing with people’s perceptions as is reflects and re-presents / maps and re-maps the surrounding environment and those who choose to interact with it. Broadly speaking, the intent of my work is not to tell a predetermined story but rather to create an object that reflects its environment, invites interaction and serves as a vehicle for contemplation so that it is accessible to all, ever-evolving and speaks directly to viewers.” Jason Sims.

     
  • Can I touch and interact with the artwork?

    The playful, interactive nature of the work ensures it will be accessible and engaging for all age groups and reflects the City’s focus on community and the park’s role as a communal space designed to support health and wellness.

    It will foster connectedness, requiring two or more people, one in the role of player and the other viewer, to enjoy elements of its interactive nature and has the potential to become a ‘selfie spot’ that becomes iconic to Unley and beloved by locals.

    Echo will significantly contribute to the park’s renewed appeal and vibrancy, as well as increasing awareness and enjoyment of public art.

     

  • What will it be made from?

    The sculpture is clad with copper. Its internal surfaces will comprise of mirrored stainless steel.

    The front will be supported by a concrete retaining wall and this will be placed on a new landscaped, grassed mound.

    Three concrete steps will be built in to the mound at the rear of the sculpture.

  • What is its size?

    The sculpture is 4m high, 4.5m wide and 3m deep.

    The front will be supported by a concrete retaining wall that is 7.5m across.

    The sculpture will be placed on a new landscaped, grassed mound that will be 8m deep.

  • Who is the artist?

    Jason Sims is a South Australian artist who has been a practicing visual artist for around 10 years. Working in the realm of perceptual art, he creates wall works, free-standing sculptures, large-scale installations and public artworks that incorporate light and reflection to create simple illusions of space and form.

    Jason has exhibited across Australia as well as in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Gippsland Art Gallery, and he is represented by commercial galleries in Melbourne, the USA and the Netherlands.

    As a public artist, Jason has completed two major pieces of public art in recent times in Adelaide and Melbourne. Golden Rhombohedronron (actue) is a large scale glass sculpture on Bank Street, Adelaide as part of the Market to Riverbank project. MDLU 77920154 is a freestanding sculpture which acknowledges the working history of the Docklands and also its new life as a regenerated residential and entertainment hub.

  • Are there other parties involved in the artwork?

    Armature Design will partner with Jason on the design, fabrication and installation of the project. They have collaborated on over 50 commercial projects throughout Australia and South East Asia.

    Brister and Co will fabricate all the metal components. They have experience of fabricating other iconic stainless steel public artworks including Spheres in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

    Partridge Engineering have reviewed all aspects of the design and installation and provide certification.

    Ink Design and Construction will undertake the landscaping elemenst and have over 18 years experience including other work commissioned by the City of Unley.

    Other professional and experienced sub-contractors will be taken on to complete individual elements of the final artwork.

  • What is the benefit of this work?

    Echo is a unique, large-scale work with significant presence and impact which  has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. It has been designed to reflect the value the City of Unley places on community and the environment, and thus provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

    Echo builds upon a growing amount of high quality and well respected artworks in the public realm commissioned by the City of Unley.

    Echo has already been recognised as the most significant large scale piece of public art in 2019 with the award of funding from Arts South Australia. This Major Commission funding is only given for one project per year.

  • Why Heywood Park?

    Following a lengthy study on locations around the City of Unley which would benefit from quality public arts, Heywood Park was considered to be the key iconic space which would be further enhanced and acknowledged by a major piece of public art, particularly considering it is the entry/gateway to King William Road.

    In Year 4 of the Public Art Strategy, Arts In Your Space was a fresh, pilot project with the approach of giving established and emerging artists choices about the sites to produce pieces in high profile locations. This was based on the ongoing feedback we had received from the community. This resulted in 6 projects including walking trails with virtual artistic connections, contemporary sculptures in parks and ovals and on shared pathways, large scale two dimensional artworks and basketball court murals.

    In Year 5, Council had committed to a major commission, known in the Strategy as ‘Centrepiece’. We wished to follow the same principles as Arts In Your Space and allow some choices for sites.

    When Council originally gave artists the opportunity to identify locations in Unley to display a major piece of public art, over 90% gravitated towards Heywood Park. They highlighted the Indigenous, heritage, environmental and community significance of Heywood Park. 

    The site planned at Heywood Park offers an expanse of green space which will provide plenty of room for viewers to safely engage with the work while ensuring it is still visible and engaging from the street/passing traffic. It is a pre-eminent position at the top of King William Road and aims to be a significant ‘gateway’ in to an iconic park in the City of Unley.

    “Given the park’s history and the foresight shown by those who recognised the value of the site as a space for the community to enjoy the natural environment, in particular Mayor Langham (who was instrumental in the acquisition of the land in the early 1900s), I felt it was important to create a work that reflects and celebrates the park and the people who enjoy it on a daily basis.” Jason Sims.

  • Why this exact location at Heywood Park?

    ​The placement of the artworks in this spot was based on several factors:

    • The work is considered respectful of the landscape it will reside and literally reflects the local environment and heritage.
    • ​High profile location at the top of King William Road with maximum exposure to park users and passers-by.
    • Given the key themes of community, environment and heritage, the artwork has been placed carefully that when viewing from the front, the obelisk and one large gum tree was also in the person’s line of sight in to the distance.
    • The site requires no removal of trees and minimum disruption to the immediate environment including underground infrastructure.
    • The rear of the piece can be seen from the senior playground for further exploration by curious children.
  • How much does it cost?

    Echo has a budget of $200,000.

    A total budget of $126,000 was committed by Council to scope, develop and implement this project through its 2018/19 Annual Budget and Business Plan.

    Arts South Australia supported this project with funding of $86,000 (Seed Funding and Major Commission funding).

  • Is this a good use of ratepayer money?

    Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy intentionally expresses the potential that public arts have to engage and interact with the community of Unley directly. A key intention of the Strategy is how to involve the community authentically, using participation as a primary condition of public art in Unley through this strategy.

    Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy considers how public arts can create unique experiences for the community and how the City of Unley can develop an ‘experience economy’. The Strategy aims to activate spaces through public arts experiences which will support and encourage a sense of community and connection. The types of public art and actions recommended by the Strategy are designed to encourage cultural animation and social engagement throughout the City.

  • What was the process to determine this artwork and site?

    Council’s public arts approval process has remained mostly the same over the past 12 years and is a generally followed procedure in all public sector commissioning across South Australia.

    Echo was the outcome Year 5 of the Public Arts Strategy called Centrepiece. In the development of the Strategy and subsequent ongoing discussions with community over time and with Elected Members, as representatives of their local communities, Heywood Park was identified as a high profile site for public artworks to reflect its unique position in the Unley landscape and as one of our ‘successful’ parks with diverse users.

    This project was endorsed by Council through its 2018/19 Annual Budget and Business Plan.

    From here a brief was developed for artists and distributed through the normal professional arts networks.

    Expressions of interest were sought and artists were shortlisted by a panel made of an independent arts professional for Arts South Australia, Guildhouse representatives, staff with experience in the public realm and Elected Members. A clear criteria is always used to rank and approve the artists to go from expressions of interest through to the final selection of 3 teams of artists.

    Preferred artists then go through detailed design with independent risk assessment before final approval from staff and Elected Members.

    After this the project goes into final fabrication, installation and commission.

    Jason Sims was chosen from a range of high quality applicants and concepts. Jason’s proposal was the stand out proposal for uniqueness, innovation and relationship to the local environment. Already a destination, Echo encourages our community to view Heywood Park as a highly valuable cultural asset through Jason’s artistic lens and support the Council in enhancing its reputation as a champion for arts in the public realm.

    Echo has been subsequently chosen to be the only funded Major Commission project of Arts South Australia chosen from applications by Councils and other organisations from around the State. This funding is assessed by a peer assessment panel with final approval by the Premier Steven Marshall in his role as responsible for The Arts.

  • What is the City of Unley’s status in the public art sector for South Australia?

    Artists’ creativity, vision and professional development, diversity of practice and community aspirations are at the heart of all work which has been commissioned in the last 10 years. Unley has a reputation as a leader and innovator for arts in the public realm. Strong collaborations with arts organisations such as Open Space Contemporary Arts, SA Writers Centre, SALA Festival and Guildhouse have opened doors for more artists from all around South Australia to participate in arts in the public realm than before.

    The City of Unley has funded and delivered countless arts-based projects. In the last 4 years alone, the City of Unley has committed over $ 345 000 plus staff time to arts projects in the public realm.

    The City of Unley has been a long time supporter of public art by established artists. In recent times Council has commissioned notable artists such as Marijana Tadic, Greg Healy, Nicholas Uhlmann, Rick Clise, Vans the Omega and Seb Humphreys. Council has supported professional development for emerging artists through Carclew’s City Sites project and Future Child (with support from Arts SA) at Heywood Park by Jacqueline Barmentloo in 2009.

    Since 2014 the City of Unley has created and delivered projects such as linger longer, Found, out, All Connections to Unley, Emerging Art Walls, Four Elements rejuvenation, Water Tanks exhibition, Goodwood Road Streetscape and Discover Historic Goodwood. Documentation of these projects can be found at www.unley.sa.gov.au/arts.

    Echo is a significant financial, philosophical and policy commitment by the City of Unley. Echo is an opportunity for the City of Unley to contribute a valuable addition to the State’s collection of iconic public art pieces.

    In recent times, this reputation has been acknowledged with funding from Arts South Australia for Arts In Your Space and most significantly, the Public Art and Design Major Commission for Echo in 2018/19. This major commission is only given to one project, once a year, and is considered to be the most prestigious funding in public art in South Australia.

  • When will the project start and end? How long will it take to install?

    Site preparation, construction and installation will commence on Monday 22 July 2019. This may be up to five weeks. All of these elements will be subject to weather conditions.

  • How much disruption will there be?

    Site preparation, construction and installation will commence on Monday 22 July 2019. This may be up to five weeks. All of these elements will be subject to weather conditions.

    Installation will be conducted in a way that is sensitive to the Park and its users and minimizes any disruption.

    An area 10m x 10m will be fenced off to allow for all aspects of the project to be completed. This includes preparing the site for the artwork’s footings, the installation of the lighting and the artwork, the landscaping of the grass mound and time for site remediation.

    Wherever possible construction will take place off site.

  • Will the park be permanently damaged?

    Installation will be conducted in a way that is sensitive to the Park and its users and minimizes any disruption.

    Full site remediation will be undertaken following installation.

  • Will the structure have lighting?

    It is anticipated that subtle lighting will be used to illuminate the sculpture at night, via movement activated sensors.

    This lighting component will be incorporated in to the plans and installation of the Smart Cities Project being managed concurrently with Echo.

    All lighting will be directed at the sculpture and will not cause any reflection over a wider distance.

  • Will the structure cause any glare?

    A full solar study has been conducted to assess the impact of reflected sunlight in the surrounding area. This involved using a specialised computer program to position the sculpture in the park and simulate the movement of the sun over the course of a year.

    The primary aim of the study was to determine if the reflective surfaces within the sculpture caused any significant flare issues for motorists on King William Rd. and Northgate St. Particular focus was placed on traffic travelling west to east on Northgate St. and traffic travelling south to north on King William Rd. approaching the T-junction. Solar flare on any of the park’s surrounding properties was also assessed.

    The study identified some solar flare within the focus zones, mainly during the winter months, but it is not of considerable scale or duration. The artwork’s angle and position are considered optimal for mitigating the potential risk to motorists while maintaining visual impact, and properties are screened by foliage/fencing.

  • What will happen if the artworks are damaged?

    Minor damage can be rectified with cleaning agents and buffing. Major vandalism may require replacement of panels.

    The City of Unley will be responsible for maintenance.

  • What is the life of the artwork?

    It is hard to estimate the exact life. But subject to maintenance, the artwork should have a life of at least 20 years.

  • How does this reflect the heritage of the park?
    Given the park’s history and the foresight shown by those who recognised the value of the site as a space for the community to enjoy the natural environment, in particular Mayor Langham (who was instrumental in the acquisition of the land in the early 1900s), the work has been designed to reflect and celebrate the park and the people who enjoy it on a daily basis.
  • What is Echo’s relationship to the other projects at Heywood Park?

    Cutting-edge technology and a new playground will be installed at Heywood Park, making it a focal point for Council this year.

    The City of Unley has secured a $264,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant from the Federal Government to integrate smart technology at Heywood Park, improving safety and usability of the popular park and reducing operating and maintenance costs.

    It is also the recipient of $150,000 from the State Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood initiative for a mini ninja obstacle course in the park. Echo will complement this commitment to a suite of community friendly, interactive features.

    King William Road is also in the process of a re-design which will integrate public art. Echo will sit at the top of a new King William Road once all phases have been completed.

  • Where can I find out more about these other projects?

    Once final plans have been approved by Council, further information will be made available on Council’s website.

  • Have local residents had input into the selection of the artwork?

    The consultation process for Council’s Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy engaged many residents who listed Heywood park as a priority location for public arts.

    Appropriate selection of the artwork followed industry practice and was made by an expert and representative panel.

  • Is there an opportunity for community input into this project?

    Echo was the outcome of Year 5 of the Public Arts Strategy called Centrepiece. In the development of the Strategy and subsequent ongoing discussions with community over time and with Elected Members, as representatives of their local communities, Heywood Park was identified as a high profile site for public artworks to reflect its unique position in the Unley landscape and as one of our ‘successful’ parks with diverse users.

    There is no opportunity for community input in this project at this stage.

    Following the completion of the three projects underway in Heywood Park it is planned to have a celebration at the Park.

  • I want to provide feedback. What will you do with it?

    Your feedback will be considered and answered where appropriate.

  • Who will maintain the artwork?

    The artwork will be maintained by the City of Unley following completion of the commission. A maintenance schedule will be provided by the artist.

  • Will it block the obelisk and/or other features of the Park?

    The obelisk and the local flora will be further featured by this new contemporary sculpture and ‘reflected’ in the stainless steel panels.

  • What are you doing about the other historic memorials in the Park?

    The obelisk in the middle of the park and original entry pillars at the top of Westall Street have been rejuvenated by pressure cleaning, re-pointing and painting by professional heritage restorers.

  • Will you be removing trees?

    No trees are to be removed at any stage of the installation of the artworks.

  • How will you assess the artwork from a safety perspective?

    All safety issues regarding the elements of the artwork, its construction, installation and final site is being managed by the artists and overseen and approved by staff of the City of Unley.

  • Are you encouraging people to climb on the artwork?

    No. The artworks are not a piece of playground equipment. However, people are encouraged to engage appropriately with the artwork.

  • Does the artwork require planning and building approval?

    The size of the structure does not require planning approval. Building approval will be given based on the engineering plans submitted and safety requirements undertaken.

Post It Now Open

Post It Panels Examples


125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia

The City of Unley is planning to commemorate and celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.  In 1894, South Australia was the first electorate in Australia to give equal political rights to both women and men, a huge step toward gender equality.

The “Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present” will be a temporary art display on Goodwood Road and we encourage you to submit photos, paintings or portraits to nominate Unley Women of Influence to be recognised and celebrated through this display. 

These could be women from the past you know of, members of your family, your workplace, members of the community, anybody who you believe has and/ or continues to show active citizenship for the Unley community.

Selected images will be displayed on unique banner poles along Goodwood Road, from November 2019 - January 2020.
  • How to Apply

    Submit up to 5 images (minimum 1MB in size) using the Post It Online Form.

    Please read the Terms, Conditions and Eligibility section before making your submission.

    Submissions close 5pm, Monday 30 September 2019.

    Submitted images will be scaled to fit the display frames. Alternatively create an original design, drawing or painting on the template provided. Then scan or take a high quality photo of the original and submit.

    Submit Form
  • Image Selection

    Applicants will be informed by email if their image has been selected.
     
    The selection of which 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.

  • 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. 
    2. Entries close 5pm, Monday 30 September 2019. 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 are not eligible to enter.
    6. All images must be related to the Goodwood vicinity.
    7. The applicant must ensure they own the submitted image(s), or have permission of the owner and its associated parties, to submit the image(s).
    8. 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.
    9. The Post It project images will be reproduced for presentation as vinyl adhesives on street banner pole aluminium panels.
    10. Final images to be reproduced will be selected and applicants advised by late September 2019 if their application has been selected.
    11. 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
    12. Photographs and images presented must be a minimum of 1MB in size.
    13. Up to 5 images may be submitted by one individual applicant.
    14. All costs associated with producing the images are the responsibilities of the applicant.
    15. City of Unley reserve the right to display images only selected by the selection panel.
    16. The selection panel decision is final and may not be appealed.
    17. Individual feedback regarding non-selection of images will not be provided.
    18. Entry is online only, via the City of Unley website. Images must be uploaded and entry form submitted via the site.
    19. Applicants will be informed by email in mid-September of the outcomes of the selection panel.
    20. 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 have any questions, or need help submitting your image(s), please contact Matthew Ives, Cultural Development Coordinator, mives@unley.sa.gov.au or phone 8372 5134.

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

Arts In Your Space

 

Arts in Your Space is a series of six diverse and unique public arts projects and one of many public arts initiatives commissioned across the Council area.

The project—instrumental in reviving interest for art in public spaces—encouraged selected artists to re-consider highly visible locations in Unley as cultural canvases.

Around almost every corner you’ll find colourful and engaging artworks that have been carefully designed and created to positively impact the cultural, social and physical fabric of the City of Unley.

Arts in Your Space was supported by a public art and design grant from Arts South Australia.

View detailed documentation of all the projects: Unley Colour Court, This time another year, The Beehives of Goodwood, Ways of Walking, Poolside and This way and that way on our project page.

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. Ten of these stories are included in the text, photographic and audio tour.
 
Fourteen 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 and work your way through the introduction until you get 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

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

 

Past Projects & Galleries

Discover arts projects and events recently held in the City of Unley.
  • Emerging Art Walls | 2016

    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 was proudly sponsored by Crowies Paints.
    Crowies Paints Logo

  • Four Elements Public Art Rejuvenation Project | 2016
    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 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.