Come and celebrate SALA with us and two of South Australia’s finest artists Julia Robinson and Josh Juett. Contemporary art is fun and fearless – much like the work of Robinson and Juett.

This session will include a curator talk about contemporary art with Dr. Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic programs, as well as artist talks and workshops where these artists will weave in AGSA’s collection and provide you with ways to respond to their work in your classroom.

Photo: Julia Robinson with her work Beatrice, 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

About Julia Robinson

As the SALA focus artist for 2024, Julia Robinson works of art explore universal themes of growth and decay but through the particular lens of European folklore. Robinson is fascinated by curious social behaviours surrounding morality and mortality, such as superstition, ceremonial rituals and the customs of cautionary tales.

Robinson’s sculptures and installations reflect these interests in a material sense too. She frequently borrows from European historical costuming and Elizabethan-era sewing and pattern-making techniques to create her sculptures. The results are highly detailed, fastidious and labour-intensive installations that combine elements from ceremonial costumes with references to animals and plants or abstracted forms that allude to the human body.

Find out more about Julia with our Education Resource >>

Josh Juett, That's a wrap

About Josh Juett

Josh Juett, an artist residing in Tarntanya, Adelaide, specializes in painting while incorporating elements of installation and sculpture. His artistic practice revolves around the exploration of relational dynamics and profound self-inquiry. Drawing inspiration from the contemplative and symbolic nature of 17th-century Dutch still life paintings, Juett's work is characterized by meticulous precision and technical excellence.

Juett's artistic journey is a quest to unravel the complexities of symbolism and its role in human existence. His compositions are an intricate dance of symbols, evoking a cryptic and deeply personal symbology that traverses the realms of irreverence and profound contemplation.

Through his artwork, Juett invites viewers to engage in a visual dialogue that extends beyond mere aesthetics. His creations serve as a mirror to the transient and multifaceted nature of life, challenging observers to explore the layers of meaning and symbolism that permeate the human experience.