Adelaide’s First Art Vending Machine Has Arrived

The recycled vending machine sits in the sculpture courtyard of the Art Gallery, and is the first instalment of a public art initiative.

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The Art Gallery of South Australia has welcomed the very first Adelaide Art Vending Machine. 

The recycled vending machine sits in the sculpture courtyard of the Art Gallery and is the first instalment of a public art initiative. 

Curated by Art Vending Machines creator Steph Cibich, the vending machine dispenses artworks and DIY crochet kits by emerging local artist Carly Snoswell. 

Image by Rosina Possingham
Image by Rosina Possingham
Image by Rosina Possingham

The art vending machines will pop up in various public locations for up to three months at a time. 

“AVMA strives to connect audiences by offering unexpected and interesting experiences,” says Cibich. “Each time a machine finds a new temporary home it will take on another life.”

Artists will be invited to ‘take over’ one of the vending machines as the installation continues, with the public able to purchase the artwork. An inventive collaborative creator/audience experience.

Snowswell’s work examines textiles and DIY craft-making. This installation sees Snowswell draw on her experiences working in various youth programs and channels Japanese Amigurumi crochet patterns and 90’s Nintendo gaming characters. 

‘My works are a form of collaboration created by fans, for fans,” says Snowswell. “They are not just selling the finished artefact, but they are providing the experience of creating your own fan-made object and further facilitating the social interaction that is the fan handcrafting community.”

Image by Rosina Possingham

Snowswell has also designed DIY kits so audiences can partake in the artistic process, creating their own character. 

AVMA’s first iteration of the Adelaide Art Vending Machine is supported by the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the City of Adelaide through their Public Art Grant Program.

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

Free entry, artworks and kits $5.00

You can find the vending machine at the Art Gallery of South Australia, sculpture courtyard, North Terrace, Adelaide.


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