Home to some of the nation’s finest artisans, the JamFactory will present a playful ode to the wonder of the shell in a GalleryTwo project called ‘Lovers of Neptune’s Cabinet’. In 1720 six Dutch shell collectors met once a month to share their love of shells. They called themselves the ‘Lovers of Neptune’s Cabinet’ and according to scholar Henry E. Coomans, their small group was the first conchological society.

In a tribute to this coterie of shell lovers, and as a homage and complement to the exhibition Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, selected artists selected from the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art are exhibiting work inspired by the world of the shell. These conchological and marine marvels will form a cabinet of wonders at the JamFactory in GalleryTwo and be exhibited as a component of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

19 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000
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Opening Hours
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 12-4pm

Admission to the Adelaide Biennial at the JamFactory is free.

Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of seventeenth-century furniture and house fittings.

In an ongoing project, Sydney based artist Robyn Stacey has selected many sites across Adelaide, including Carrick Hill, the SAMHRI Building, The Cedars, Parliament House, Port Adelaide, the Brookman Building at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Institute Building, and has converted each into temporary camera obscura.  These seven locations have been transformed into a wondrous theatre whereby the world outside becomes a magic object.

Creating or placing a camera obscura at various attractions reached its peak in popularity during the nineteenth century where visitors were incited and enthralled by the devices’ simple ability to conjure magic.  Recalling this sentiment, for the duration of Magic Object, Robyn Stacey will transform a room at Carrick Hill into a camera obscura for visitors to experience this enchanting phenomenon, as seen in her large scale photograph of the space, for themselves. As visitors will note, while their eyes may first register the image upside down it is their brain that, in some mysterious way, finally turns the view around. Both our senses, and the photographs on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia, suggest that things are not always as they at first seem.

Eight of Stacey’s camera obscura photographs will be on display in Gallery 7 at the Art Gallery of South Australia during Magic Object, including Tear Drop Garden, Carrick Hill (2015) which depicts the lush front garden at Carrick Hill as projected within one of the rooms at the Hayward’s once private residence.

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Opening Hours
Wed – Sun 10am – 4.30pm

Admission charges apply.

Positioned within Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Museum of Economic Botany is an exquisite nineteenth century museum full of botanical wonders. The museum showcases countless plants and their various uses with a focus on the sound management of resources and the minimising of waste. During the months of March, April and May in 2016, the museum will also house the work of Adelaide based artist Tom Moore.

Tom Moore grows things with glass. He is a keen gardener and an internationally recognised glass artist. These two worlds collide in the miniature museum where Moore is exhibiting a panoply of sculptures grown in glass for Magic Object. For Moore, ‘glass wants to be a certain type of plant’ – a species cultivated by Moore and endowed with a fertile sense of humour and a tendency for prodigious growth.

The last museum of its type in the world, the Museum of Economic Botany seems an anachronism in twenty first century Adelaide. Similarly the art of glass making, an exacting science with a mysterious history, is an anachronism, one that Moore uses to address our environmental fate. In his words, though my work is amusing on the surface, it is driven by a great sense of unease and is very clearly able to be read in environmental terms.  I am concerned that humans have messed-up huge portions of the planet and we have broken the weather. My awareness that glass blowing is not the most environmentally friendly creative endeavour compels me to make objects that promote greater care of the environment.’

Santos Museum of Economic Botany
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
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Opening Hours
Daily 10am – 4pm 27 Feb – 15 May
Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm after 15 May

Admission to the Adelaide Biennial at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is free.

Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia’s great art collections, housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings. Located at the heart of Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace, between the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery welcomed close to 800,000 visitors last year.

The Adelaide Biennial is one of the Gallery’s flagship exhibitions and the country’s longest standing survey of contemporary Australian art.

2016 Biennial artists exhibiting at the Gallery include: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Glenn Barkley, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Louise Haselton, Loongkoonan, Fiona McMonagle, Danie Mellor, Tom Moore, Nell, Kate Rohde, Gareth Sansom, Robyn Stacey, Jacqui Stockdale, Heather B. Swann, Hiromi Tango, Roy Wiggan, Tiger Yaltangki and Michael Zavros.

Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
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Opening Hours
Open daily, 10am-5pm


North Terrace runs east–west, along the northern edge of the CBD, and is well serviced by public transport, including buses and trams.

Adelaide railway station is located on North Terrace, approximately five minutes walk from the Art Gallery.

Catch the Adelaide FREE Bus, which travels on a loop around the City, taking in key sites, including the Art Gallery, Adelaide Botanic Garden and Rundle Street (East End).

Cyclists and walkers can take the River Torrens Linear Park trail, which runs from the beachside suburb of Henley Beach to Paradise in the city’s north-east and passes behind the Art Gallery.

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Parking is available opposite the Art Gallery in the Wilson car park on North Terrace. Click here for rates and information.


Wheelchair and pram access is available to all areas of the Art Gallery. Please ask our friendly staff at the Information Desks if you need any assistance.

Wheelchairs can be borrowed while you visit the Art Gallery and are available from the North Terrace main entrance. Please telephone 08 8207 7000 before your visit for more information or to reserve a wheelchair.


Information Desks are located on the Upper Ground and Lower Ground Floors of the Art Gallery. Our friendly staff are happy to assist you with any queries.


Male and female amenities are available on the Upper Ground and Lower Ground Floors of the Art Gallery. Please look for signs or ask one of the Art Gallery’s staff members. Baby change facilities are located in both female toilets.


Visitors are asked to leave their umbrellas, large bags and packages in one of the cloakrooms located next to the Art Gallery’s Information Desks.

The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art is one of the University of South Australia’s leading creative centres. It presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today.

A beautifully appointed twenty-first century formal museum, the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, will present the work of Chris Bond, Tarryn Gill, Juz Kitson, Danie Mellor, Clare Milledge, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Bluey Roberts and Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre.

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, UniSA
Hawke Building, City West campus
55 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
(cnr Fenn Place and North Terrace)

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Opening Hours
Tues to Fri 11 – 5pm
Thurs 11 – 7pm
Sat 2 – 5pm

Samstag Museum of Art will be open for extended hours during Magic Object, from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and late on selected Thursdays for ART AFTER DARK events.

Admission to the Adelaide Biennial at the Samstag Museum is free.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.