My background is from the Barossa Valley – about an hour’s drive north of Adelaide – where growing up my family helped stoke my creative design and illustrative flames. However other than my families commitment to elevate my creative skillset I was not exposed to a great deal of creative, modern pieces of art or design around the valley. The only readily available creative pieces were wine labels and landscapes paintings of vineyards that dotted the local libraries, council offices and exhibition spaces.
So when I moved down to Adelaide to go to University (to follow the Graphic Design dream) it is fair to say I had a slight culture and creative shock to see local art and design plastered all over the city. Throughout my time at Uni I met several fledgling street artists and exhibitionists that are now plying their trade in the real world.
While exploring the streets of Adelaide for my own creative purposes I ran into an old friend from Uni days working on a council commissioned piece on the east side of the Montefiore Road Bridge near my old stomping ground, the University of South Australia. There were several artists working on this quite large piece and hired a project manager from the US to oversee the task. I can fully recommend checking this piece out if you’re ever down the west end of Hindley Street enjoying a yiros.
I have also kept in touch with several of my Illustrative Uni mates who are now exhibiting their own work in Adelaide. In fact they have the opening to their show ‘Sweet Nostalgia’ on tonight (Friday). The exhibition will feature original illustrative works; photography and jewellery inspired by memories old and new and is being held at 284 Rundle Street Red Cross between 6:30-8:30.
I implore everyone out there to take in Adelaide’s creative offerings whether inside or out.