October 22, 2020
What's On

What’s On: OzAsia returns and welcome Tarnanthi with Open Hands

This weekend, do your bit for charity, check out what OzAsia has to offer online and in person, and stop by Samstag and the Art Gallery.

Flavours of Asia

OzAsia Festival has found some creative ways to bring us events this year, including an online lantern-making workshop from today. The Lucky Dumpling Market will still pop up in Elder Park, from October 30 to November 15, with lots of food and entertainment. The OzAsia Talks online series will feature Helpmann award-winning playwright S. Shakthidharan and Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen. The series concludes with Drop the Mic, a collection of poetry reading curated by the Jaipur Literature Festival team.


Staying in

Support women diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer by hosting a Girls’ Night In this year. The official date to host the event is this Saturday, October 24, but you can host any time throughout October or November. Get your girls together and host a dinner, pamper session, book club, or any event to help fund research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention, advocacy programs and support services.


Recipes at the ready

Get baking this weekend and register for RSPCA’s Cupcake Day to get your “Party Pack” starter kit with information and resources to organise a fundraiser on Monday, October 26. Host the fundraiser at your home, school or workplace to support the medical care and emergency treatments of sick and injured animals. The funds also go towards welfare advocacy and education and help keep inspectors on the road and staff in shelters.


Kirsten Coelho’s Ithaca. Photograph Grant Hancock.

Kirsten’s Odyssey

South Australian artist Kirsten Coelho is presenting a new installation of her graceful porcelain forms at the Samstag Museum of Art until November 28. Titled Ithaca, the body of work is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Kirsten, the 2020 SALA feature artist, has drawn on the physicality of Grecian ceramics, with her vessels seeking to call to mind “timeless notions of transformation and longing”.


Photograph Meg Hansen.

Open Hands

The creativity of First Nations women artists is being highlighted in this year’s Tarnanthi exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Open Hands features works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia (including APY Lands artist Naomi Kantjuriny, pictured) in media such as photography, moving image, sound installation, weaving, ceramics, sculpture and painting. “Open Hands celebrates the ongoing and often unseen work that women in communities do to maintain culture,” curator Nici Cumpston says of the exhibition, which will run until January 31.

For more about what’s happening around South Australia this month, pick up the October issue of SALIFE magazine.


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