Diner Club at PRIDE
Seated inside the sensorily-encompassing solo exhibition by Peter Waples-Crowe, PRIDE, Diner Club brings together contemporary artists with the very best chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries of South Australia to host a once-off dinner service curated specifically to the themes and ideas behind the exhibition.
For one night only, local Chef and Tasting Australia Co-Festival Director, Karena Armstrong, will take over ACE to present a special dinner service inspired by PRIDE and Peter Waples-Crowe's approach to art practice. Each dish on Karena's menu will be imbibed with the spirit of the exhibition!
PRIDE is an unapologetic celebration of Aboriginal queer visibility, bringing visibility to the fore and highlighting Peter’s dedication to community.
“I see my Aboriginalness and queerness all wrapped in my spirit” – Peter Waples-Crowe.
Working across drawing, collage, sculpture and moving image, Peter’s practice is largely based on personal experiences as influenced by his adoption and reconnection with his Ngarigo heritage, and over 25 years experience as a community health worker within Aboriginal and LGBTQIA2+ health. His work is a deep commentary on the world as a contested site for his multiple identities. Heavily used throughout his work are depictions of Dingoes, a totemic figure and an analogy of survival for queer outsiders.
In the face of erasure and discrimination, PRIDE is a defiant statement about standing up and representing yourself and your Mob. It’s the colours of survival, the attitude of punk and a deep love of community – Blak and queer, we have always been here.
Presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art. Supported by the City of Adelaide.
About the artist
Peter Waples-Crowe presented a seminal solo exhibition, InsideOUT, at Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, in 2019. Recent group exhibitions include: How I See It: Blak Art and Film, ACMI, Melbourne, 2022; Octopus 22: Baroquetopus (Humanimal entanglements and tentacular spectaculars), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2022; and A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2018.
About the chef
Karena’s work is recognised far and wide. Her flagship, The Salopian Inn at McLaren Vale, is a jewel in the crown of regional dining in Adelaide’s south.
As co-owner and chef, Karena has stretched her ideas and enthusiasm to develop a surprising, seasonal and ever-changing menu centered on Asian flavours and timeless techniques.
Karena - a mother of three young boys - has worked among some of Australia’s best chefs and kitchens. This includes completing her apprenticeship under Alla Wolfe Tasker at Daylesford’s Lake House, teaming up with Karen Martini at The Melbourne Wine Room and later at Icebergs and finally at Kylie Kwong’s restaurant Billy Kwong. It’s fair to say that Karena’s skills are sharp, her creativity unbridled and her love of high quality, local produce is at the heart of every dish.
The Salopian Inn remains one of the state’s most interesting and reputable dining experiences; and as the team are also committed to growing a large percentage of their own ingredients, they are also leading producers of the rich Fleurieu Peninsula region.
The overarching philosophy at The Salopian Inn is simple: guests should feel relaxed, comfortable, and eat in their own way. The aim is comfort but the details are all about quality – how diners experience that is up to them.
Thank you to our sponsors
Diner Club would not be possible without the generosity of excellent people and businesses. A sincere thank you to Mark Kamleh, Mia Gambranis, Shane Pope of Festival Hire, Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines, Nadia Travaglini of Studio Botanic, and Janie from Yellow Matter.
Tables will be set at 8-10 seats. If you are purchasing tickets as a group or would like to purchase a table, please email through the guests you would like to be sat with: email@example.com
If you have dietary requirements, please immediately email them through to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hero image: Peter Waples-Crowe, 'PRIDE' (2023), installation view, detail, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental. Photography by Sam Roberts.
Image 1: Peter Waples-Crowe, 'PRIDE' (2023), installation view, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental. Photography by Sam Roberts.