Spirit of the ‘70s Exhibition


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Adelaide Festival Centre is presenting two exhibitions as part of the Festival Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebrations. “Signifying Change” will highlight works by a group of artists whose contributions continue to have a resounding influence on art-making today, while “The Dunstan Decade” will celebrate the legacy of former Premier and advocate for the arts, Don Dunstan.

Signifying Change celebrates the adventurous artists, who not only changed the face of contemporary art in the 1970s, but also whose works were commissioned or acquired for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Works of Art Collection. Works displayed will include Flugelman’s 1970s drawings, Earth Works,Ostoja Kotkowski’s remarkable pop-art collage work Vibra 2 and video footage of his astonishing and innovating forays into laser light displays for theatrical productions, made long before projections for stage productions became commonplace.

The Dunstan Decade is a tribute to Don Dunstan, the man credited with revitalising South Australia’s artistic and cultural life. During his time as Premier, Dunstan moved swiftly to put Adelaide on the arts map. He established the South Australian Film Corporation in 1972 and under his leadership, the New Opera Company became the State Opera of South Australia, with a new professional standing in the community. He also created the Performing Arts Collection to document South Australia’s theatre history in 1979.

The opening night for this exhibition will be held on Wednesday 17 April at 6pm in the Festival Theatre FoyerThe exhibition is running from the 13th April until the 2nd June, Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and during performance times. For more information click here or check out the Festival Centre’s Facebook page or  Twitter at @AdelaideFesCent.


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