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Cultural Events

Each year, University Collections present an active program of public events, engaging the broader community with a wide range of the arts and other cultural aspects of university life. Through this work we promote university values and enhance the university experience for students, staff and the interested public.

University Collections events are free, unless otherwise indicated.

2018 Cultural Program

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Upcoming events

Cultural Illumination - Aldinga

1 August – 30 September 2018
Reading Room Foyer, Level 2, Barr Smith Library

Our feature artist for the 2018 SALA Festival is artist Christobel Kelly with an exhibition examining the strange wonderment of a sometimes, gothic landscape through small-scale sculpture, and the leaves of an artist’s book. In the words of Christobel Kelly: "the project is an atavistic investigation into a geographic triangle. The coastal area from Port Willunga, up to the Willunga Hills and over to Red Ochre Beach, was the place where I came into the world, step by step. In the centre of this triangle is the town of Aldinga, an area where the physical landscape can declare at a whim, either presence or absence". 

Artist talk 12.30 pm 16 August 2018 adjacent to the exhibition.

See event flier for further details.

Scientific Oration - Greg Metha - Light, Life and the Universe: A Chemistry Perspective

Thursday 23 August 2018
Ira Raymond Room, Level 3 Hub Central 
5.30 pm for 6.00 pm start (concluding at 7.00 pm)

This year’s Oration will be presented by Professor Greg Metha, who has spent more than 20 years using spectroscopy, the interaction between molecular matter and light, to investigate a range of molecular phenomena and discover new molecules. His study of the complex light-driven chemistry occurring in the atmosphere has increased our understanding of molecular dissociation and provided insight into the excited states of molecules. This research uses light sources from lasers to synchrotrons, in the microwave, infra-red, visible, ultra-violet and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. His most recent work involves using light to drive chemical reactions to produce chemical fuels directly from sunlight.

See event flier for further details.

To reserve your seat please visit Eventbrite.

Event recordings

  • Cultural Oration - Finding the next wave: Innovation and its Discontents with Greg Mackie OAM, Chief Executive Officer, History Trust of South Australia.
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Oration given by Greg on Thursday 13 July 2017.

  • Cultural Oration - Plants & Civilisation: Past, Present and Future by Professor Bob Hill, Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Director, Environment Institute, the Unviersity of Adelaide.
    You can listen to a recording of the Scientific Oration given by Professor Hill on Thursday 10 August 2017.

  • Cultural Conversation - Windows into other worlds with Jennifer Osborn, Research Librarian, Barr Smith Library, the University of Adelaide; In Conversation with writers Rebekah Clarkson and Lynette Washington. 
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Conversation with Jennifer, Rebekah and Lynette on Thursday 7th September 2017. 

  • Cultural Oration - The Myth of Saving the Children: The Impacts of Twentieth Century Half-Caste Child Assimilation by Dr Jenni Caruso, Lecturer, History Department, The University of Adelaide.
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Oration given by Dr Caruso on Thursday 28 June 2018.

Program features

  • Cultural Illuminations: small, focused exhibitions relating the essence of the University - learning, research, innovation - through the arts. This program creates pathways for local, national and international artists to connect with the university.
  • Cultural Conversations: informal forums for art and culture to meet science, technology and other academic research areas. The Conversations have been a major mechanism for linking diverse disciplines within the university as well as hosting national and international speakers.
  • Cultural and Scientific Orations: a platform for leading scholars to present a lecture on their area of research.
  • Cultural Celebrations: special events acknowledging significant occasions in the life of the university community.
  • Cultural Tours: guided tours by University Collections volunteers highlighting special features of the university - artworks, collections, buildings and other items of interest.
  • Cultural Musings: collaborations with industry partners through the presentation of panel discussions, tours, lectures or symposia addressing common concerns and interests.

If you are interested in contributing to our program, wish to be informed about events or would like to attend a cultural tour, please contact us via email.

Program & event archive

For past University Collections cultural programs and events, please see our event archive.

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