Thursday, May 11, 2017

S.A. Weekender #5: Play, Art, Prosh, Eats

This delightful exhibition explores the history of play using over 150 toys, games and stories from the unique collections of the State Library of South Australia.

Discover aspects of play including music, dance, theatre, outdoor activity, militaria toys, children's clubs, Aboriginal childhood, science fiction, universal toys used across generations and the fleeting found objects of play.

Most pieces are drawn from the Children's Literature Research Collection, one of the State Library's premier heritage research collections, in a display of never-before-seen objects and old favourites. This all-ages exhibition is sure to evoke memories and create new ones as you think about what play is and what it means for you and your family.

If You Go
State Library of South Australia
Now through May 28, 2017
Location: Treasures Wall, first floor Spence Wing
Note: Free entry; Open during library hours

Ramsay Art Prize, Olympia, 2016

2017 Ramsay Art Prize finalists announced 
~ Twenty-one finalists have been selected for the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize, Australia’s richest prize for young contemporary artists. The finalists are:

Tony Albert (NSW), Khadim Ali (NSW), Jacobus Capone (WA), Celeste Chandler (VIC), Sarah Contos (NSW), Georgina Cue (VIC), Keg de Souza (NSW), Julie Fragar (QLD), Teelah George (WA), Natalya Hughes (NSW), Trent Jansen (NSW), Ash Keating (VIC), Owen Leong (NSW), Vincent Namatjira (SA), Joey Nganjmirra (NT), Baden Pailthorpe (NSW), Clare Peake (WA), Jason Phu (NSW), Rebecca Selleck (ACT), James Tylor (SA) and Justine Varga (NSW).

All selected works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May to 27 August 2017. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced on Friday 26 May 2017. Finalists are also eligible for a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsors Lipman Karas. Visitors to the exhibition can have their say and kick start an ambitious artist’s career by casting their vote and awarding them a $15,000 cash prize. The People’s Choice Prize is non-acquisitive.

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Ramsay Art Prize aims to support and encourage contemporary Australian artists to make their best work at a pivotal moment in their career.

More details are available on the website…
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Colourful history of Adelaide's student 'raggers' on show
Suzie Keen, writing for InDaily reports on a new exhibition focusing on what used to be a rite-of-passage event for many new university students starting their academic year: Prosh Day.

From a horse-drawn ‘float’ lampooning radioactivity researchers in 1905 to the suspension of an FJ Holden over University Footbridge in 1971, more than 100 years of student pranks and protests are highlighted in a new Adelaide University exhibition.

Raggers and Radicals: Student Activity and Activism from 1880 is on display on level one of the Barr Smith Library from today until June 30 and features a wide selection of archival material including photos, cartoons and posters.

“Students have always been inclined to be a bit high-spirited,” says exhibition curator and special collections librarian Cheryl Hoskin.

“In the very early days they would let off steam after exams by interrupting graduation ceremonies with pranks, lampooning songs, catcalls and whistles. During the 1896 ceremony they set alarm clocks to go off at five-minute intervals.

Nishiki Café & Izakaya

Eating Out in Adelaide
CityMag writes that Nishiki Café & Izakaya is “Adelaide’s most under-rated Japanese food.” 
With very little on-street signage, Nishiki Café & Izakaya is as understated as it is under-rated. Since 1999 Yass Tanase has been part of Adelaide’s Japanese food scene, his memory of the industry reaching back far enough to recall working at Genki and watching with bewilderment as a customer sat with their sushi roll and removed the nori, thinking it was just decorative wrapping. Since then, Japanese cuisine in Adelaide has come a long way.
If You Go
Nishiki Café & Izakaya
21 Sturt Street, Adelaide. PH: (08) 7226 6031
Open: 11:30AM - 3:00PM; and 5;30PM - Midnight

Not Only, But Also…

In The Saddle — On The Wall
A Kimberley Aboriginal Artists touring exhibition
Flinders University City Gallery at the State Library of South Australia
Now through June 25, 2017

Tuesday—Friday: 11:00am—5:00pm 
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00—4:00pm

YIDAKI: Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia
At the South Australian Museum
Now through July 16, 2017
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Kings, Queens & Courtiers
At the David Roche Foundation House Museum
Now through July, 2017

Now get out of the house!

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