Opening Celebrations – Studios: 2022

Special Event
November 12 2022
Person wearing pink beaded mask and ruffle collar sits on crate.
Person wearing pink beaded mask and ruffle collar sits on crate.

Come and celebrate the opening of Studios: 2022, a group exhibition showcasing new commissions by ACE's five 2022 Studio Program artists: Shaye Dương, Chelsea Farquhar, Dani Reynolds, Cecilia Tizard, and Ash Tower.

When

Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

November 12 2022

3pm to 7pm

Access

Guest curated by Megan Robson (Associate Curator, Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney), the exhibition features the diverse disciplines of the 2022 Studio Program artists, including photography, sculpture, installation, printmaking and performance.

Shaye Dương utilises traditional processes of fabrication to question perceived truths about recognisable objects from the past and the present; Chelsea Farquhar brings together objects and materials from different worlds to explore notions of the theatrical, humour and the uncanny; Dani Reynolds’ work takes as its starting point an exploration into world records, popular culture, performance and fame within the context of the Guinness World Records; using labour-intensive and technically challenging analogue photographic techniques and processes, Cecilia Tizard takes the studio itself as a concept, a working space and a source of inspiration; through his focus on the construction, circulation, and repositories of knowledge, Ash Tower has been investigating the relationship between atomic technology and funerary architecture.

To mark the opening of our last exhibition for the year, Studios: 2022, ACE is hosting a range of activities throughout the afternoon and into the night on Saturday 12 November. 

The gallery and upstairs studios will be open for all, and the Lion Arts Centre courtyard will be full of artmaking activities, live music, and home to the Soi 38 food truck, serving seasonal Thai snacks.

Selected works in the gallery and studios will be for sale, with all proceeds going directly to the Studio Program artists.

Official proceedings and Dani Reynolds' live-performance will be Auslan interpreted (from 5pm to 7.15pm).

This event is supported by the City of Adelaide.

Feature Image: Chelsea Farquhar, 'Beaded mask' (2021), styled and modelled by Matthew Smith. Courtesy the artist.

Guest Curator

Megan Robson

Artists

Shaye Dương,
Chelsea Farquhar,
Dani Reynolds,
Cecilia Tizard,
Ash Tower

3–5pm: Open Studios & Family Day Artmaking

Bring the family and take part in some exciting artmaking activities for children and adults inspired by exhibiting ACE Studio Program artist, Chelsea Farquhar, whose work evokes the glamour and histrionics of the circus and other popular forms of theatrical entertainment of yesteryear. Create your own wearable ruff in an artist-led workshop open to all, and have your face painted like a clown.

Visit the upstairs studios at for an exclusive sneak-peek into the process that has inspired and directly led to the Studio Program artists' work in the gallery, as well as the opportunity to purchase artworks created across 2022.

Also on-view upstairs is a mini-exhibition of works created by Youth Inc. students who participated in a suite of workshops with ACE Studio Program artists across the year. 

Youth Inc's Future Pathways is supported by Foundation SA and Human.Kind Ripple Effect.

5–7.30pm: Opening remarks, live performance & party vibes

Opening remarks to officially launch the exhibition will commence at 5pm, followed by a live performance by Dani Reynolds as part of their Studios: 2022 exhibition outcome.

We encourage you to hang out, with a DJ and our bar, proudly stocked by ACE sponsors Bowden Brewing and Charlotte Dalton Wines, continuing on into the evening.

12–1pm: Chamber Music Adelaide's 'On The Terrace'

This free music performance gives audiences the chance to hear performances by Adelaide’s most-loved chamber musicians, rising stars and special guests, as part of Chamber Music Adelaide’s 2022 'On the Terrace' chamber music festival. Enjoy short performances in ACE's front room by Zuhir Naji and Saleh al Mansoor, and Sing! Poco Tutti Choir.

This event is occurring at ACE independent of the Opening Celebrations.

Ash Tower, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2022). Photography by Thomas McCammon.
Negatives pinned to a white wall, below a red and black portrait.
Negatives pinned to a white wall, below a red and black portrait.
Cecilia Tizard, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2022). Photography by Thomas McCammon.
Circular casting in process.
Circular casting in process.
Shaye Dương, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2022). Photography by Thomas McCammon.
A sculpture depicting legs clothed in harlequin attire, laying on concrete surface.
A sculpture depicting legs clothed in harlequin attire, laying on concrete surface.
Next Chelsea Farquhar, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2022). Photography by Thomas McCammon.
Polaroid photo depicting large wig form, captured on video device.
Polaroid photo depicting large wig form, captured on video device.
Dani Reynolds, Set-up (2022), Instax Wide Picture Format Film, 10.8cm x .86cm. Courtesy the artist.

Supported by

The 2022 Studio Program is supported by partnerships with the City of Adelaide, Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 Program, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide Central School of Art, and Firstdraft. It is also supported by the generous contributions of private donors through the Studio Program Donors Circle.

2022 Studio Program Donors Circle

Anonymous x2, Anton Andreacchio, Susan Armitage, Jane Ayers, Sally Ball, Candy Bennett, Kate Bohunnis & Patrice Sharkey, Angela Carey, James Darling AM, Julia Dowling, Lesley Forwood, Rick & Jan Frolich, Stephanie Grose, Mo & Simon Hardy, Amanda Harkness & Karen Barrett, Andrew Henderson, Kate Irving, Hon Diana Laidlaw AM, James Lake, Brigitte Lane, Stephen Lane, Edwina Lehmann, Ryan McCourt, David McKee AO & Pam McKee, Jane Michell, Ministry of Clouds, Chris Penny, John Phillips, Michael Pocock, Ruth Rentschler, Aidan Rigoni, Louise Rigoni, Venetia Rigoni, Jill Russell, Paul Sutton & Tanya Soetratma, Thelma Taliangis, Tracey Whiting AM

Artist acknowledgements

Shaye Dương has been assisted by a Carclew Project and Development Grant. 

Dani Reynolds has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia.  

Ash Tower has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia. 

ACE tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka panpapanpalyarninthi (inparrinthi). Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampnthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.

ACE respectfully acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.