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Gilles Plains, SA 5086
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Arts & Museums
RM Williams is a living legend, Australian style. The image of the rugged Australian, kitted out in the famous Akubra hat, oilskin coat and leather boots had its beginnings at this site. The museum boasts an array of RM Williams artifacts; saddlery, bridles, whips, clothing and boot making machinery. Displays depict the outback and the development of this very special business.
This rather different museum is no rusty collection of ancient war planes, but a busy restoration workshop staffed by volunteers. Current displays at Classic Jets Fighter Museum, that visitors can touch and feel include military jet aircraft built between 1950 and 1980. You can even squeeze into the confines of a real jet fighter cockpit! The museum contains engines, flight-suits, photos and historical aviation artifacts.
If you are interested in artwork and are planing to explore the local talent and works, The Artistic License Gallery and Studio is your place to go. This wonderful art gallery run by Julie Emery showcases works of the local artists with the intention of promoting and encouraging art in the city. You will get to view artworks in different genres right from sculptures to paintings and ceramics created by local artists. If anything unusual catches your eyes, you might be able to buy it at reasonable rates. You can even try your hand at painting some works by participating in the several workshops. To know the schedule of the workshops or even the list of artwork currently on display, check the website.
Named poignantly as the "Fabric Of Life", this gallery and fabric store is unique in the dainty fare it stores. You will get to check out fabrics and materials from different parts of the world. Specially worth checking out are the wonderful fabrics and textiles from aboriginal areas of Australia. All the textiles in this place are handcrafted, thereby making each piece unique. If you are in the city and want to look at or own a beautiful material, Fabric Of Life is the place to go.
Greenaway Art Gallery is a charming space located in Adelaide's eastern suburbs. Although it deals primarily in contemporary art, it also exhibits works from other visual art fields like photography. Check the website for more information on the represented artists and upcoming events.
A modern contemporary space created to promote and enhance marketability of artists, the Greenhills Galleries Adelaide has fine examples of modern art on display. Organizing events throughout the year, many local artists work have been displayed here. Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, glass work, jewelry are on display. Glance through their website for a glimpse of archived and historic works of art.
A grand colonial mansion named after its original owner and 19th-century State Premier, Sir Henry Ayers, Ayers House Museum illustrates Victorian life as lived “above & below stairs”. A property of the National Trust of South Australia, the house contains beautiful, decorative painted finishes on walls and ceilings throughout. Of particular note are the sumptuous State Dining Room and rare underground Summer Sitting Room. The house is furnished with a superb collection of period furniture and decorative arts. Located in the thriving area of Adelaide, Ayers House is a historic mansion not to be missed. Disabled access is to the the ground floor only.
The History Trust of South Australia is part of a directorate that helps run three of Adelaide's major museums: the Migration Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide and Birdwood's National Motor Museum. The Trust is based in a grand old building used for hosting formal functions and occasional Royal Society art exhibitions. It is worth a visit if only to admire the decorative splendour of 19th century Adelaide. The Trust supplies pamphlets on historic sites, heritage walks and tours; and promotes events and current exhibitions. A small bookshop supplements the larger collection at the city's Migration Museum. Entry is free.
The only Aboriginal multi-arts complex in Australia, Tandanya was established with the aim of encouraging understanding through the Arts. A giant snake dot-painting adorns the footpath at the front of the building; which houses sculpture, murals, traditional and contemporary art works. Arrive at noon and you will hear the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo performed by one of the resident artists. Traditional dance, storytelling and didgeridoo performances can be arranged by appointment. An art and craft shop sells authentic Aboriginal works while the Tandanya cafe offers distinctive Australian "bush-tucker" food.
Established in 1881 this historic and attractive building on leafy North Terrace holds one of the most extensive art collections in Australia. Rare and valuable pieces on a worldwide scale abound fine paintings by the masters, contemporary art and design, and sculpture. There are both regular and permanent exhibitions. Enjoy a coffee or light snack in the Art Gallery Restaurant or peruse books of distinction highlighting all variety of artwork in the on-site book shop. Guided tours are available. Do check the site for details.
Museum of Classical Archaeology's artifact's have been collected by The Classical Studies Department of the University of Adelaide, but are available for all to view. They provide a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans, from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the decorative pottery, glassware, stone carvings, oil lamps and writing materials from this fascinating civilization. There are over 1,000 coins on display, and a large-scale model of the ancient city of Athens, so you can see where the locals would have spent them.
Migration Museum is a museum that makes an attempt to put forth the history, culture and other interesting details about the different communities that are part of South Australia.