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Anything but parochial. Margot Osborne on the triumphs and tribulations of contemporary art in Adelaide from 1939 to 2000

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Join us to hear Margot Osborne on her new book The Adelaide Art Scene: Becoming contemporary 1939-2000, published in late 2023 by Wakefield Press.As editor and principal author Dr Margot Osborne set out to uncover the previously untold narrative of the art, the artists and the arts institutions in Adelaide across six decades from the outbreak of the Second World War to the final decade of the 20th century. The purpose of the research behind the book was to investigate and make apparent the cultural context in which art was made, reviewed, exhibited and purchased across those six decades in Adelaide .  A recurring theme is the challenge for progressive artists in finding support for their art, making a living and establishing a national reputation in a small, geographically isolated city.

Learn about this ‘must have’ book for all interested in the Adelaide Art Scene comprising an impressive 740 pages with 300 illustrations, with commissioned chapters of new writing by Dr Osborne and sixteen South Australian art historians and specialists, and with a selection of published writing about Adelaide’s art scene from across the decades, with appendices that include artist biographies, a chronology, list of exhibitions and index.

Copies of Adelaide Art Scene will be on sale from Wakefield with a special event 25% discount on the $120 list price . A special opportunity to get your copy of this book which offers a lifetime of reading and reference.

Join us from 6 PM and enjoy a free glass of wine thanks to our sponsor Coriole Vineyards.   Formal proceedings from 6.30 PM. Admission enters you for our sponsored door prizes .

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