Held six times a year, Neo is a free after-hours event for young people aged 13-17 years

Teens, it's time to Takeover!

Get ready for a radical crossover between SA Youth Week and the 18th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Inner Sanctum! Dive into your inner selves and come dressed in your gothic best, snap a photo strip to take home and explore the latest projects from the state’s top youth and arts led organisations in this whole gallery event.

Costume Theme

GOTHIC - think dark clothing, fangs, cloaks, lace, tule, velvet etc!

The Line-Up

6.15pm - South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble

6.45pm - Jekllyn Heidi

7pm - Indiana Lewis

7.30pm - Pomegranates

8pm - The Empty Heads

Keen to meet someone new?

Grab a bracelet at the door and make sure to wear so others know you’re up for a chat!

Meditation Sessions with Jessica Loughlin

Be taken on a reflective journey amongst the artworks of Inner Sanctum with Biennial Artist Jessica Loughlin. A moment to be quiet, to listen, to reflect and observe - the inner sanctum of your body and the self. This meditative experience brings art, music and movement together to encourage a moment of quiet observation.

πŸ“Œ Chiharu Shiota Absence Embodied

Landscapes with Gemma Rose Brook

Join local artist Gemma Rose Brook to create your own world inspired by Inner Sanctum.

πŸ“Œ The Studio

Photobooth SNAP/SNAP

Take a snap of you and your friends in the Photobooth.

πŸ“ŒDownstairs in Inner Sanctum

Australian Dance Theatre

Watch the Tread dancers perform a new short work, Wish you were here created by emerging Adelaide choreographer and sound designer Alix Kuijpers in collaboration with the dancers. Tread is Australian Dance Theatre’s young artist program, a three term program that fosters the next generation of creative artists through weekly dance workshops with a focus on creative exploration and collaboration.

πŸ•§ 6.30pm & 7.30pm

πŸ“Œ Downstairs in Inner Sanctum

Youth Inc.

Inspired by the macabre and themes explored in the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, Youth Inc. will set up an interactive Gothic poetry booth.

πŸ“Œ The Atrium

South Coast Circus

Discover some awesome circus tricks with South Coast Circus!

πŸ“Œ On the Lawn

South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE)

Enjoy music from SAYGE, a guitar quartet from the South Australia Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE). SAYGE is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to encourage and develop ensemble skills and confidence for classical guitarists in South Australia, regardless of ability or background.

πŸ“Œ On stage at 6.15pm

πŸ“Œ Upstairs in Inner Sanctum at 7pm


Unlock boundless creativity at Neo with SAYarts through an exhilarating Theatre Games workshop where your imagination knows no limits.

πŸ“Œ Downstairs in Inner Sanctum

Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) – Badge making

Create a badge and get involved in answering important questions about what it’s like to be a young person today.

πŸ“Œ Gallery 17

Centre for Creative Photography

The Centre for Creative Photography welcomes you to a stop motion workshop using your own mobile devices. Come along and learn some simple animation techniques as we teach you how to turn a few still images into a short stop motion video.

πŸ“Œ Atrium Cafe

Spoken Word SA

Fill the gallery with wise words and random insights with Spoken Word SA. Piece together 'found' words to create giant floor poetry, contribute a line to a collaborative poem, or have a go at 'black out poetry' to find the magic of poetry in unexpected places! Find out about 'slam poetry', the art of spoken word, and where you can perform your own original poetry with like minded emerging poets.

πŸ“Œ Gallery 6


Check in with the Carclew crew for tips and tricks on becoming an artist, grant writing and support for young people in the arts!

πŸ“Œ Downstairs in Inner Sanctum

Quiet zone

Discover serenity at Neo's Quiet Zone, a peaceful oasis for those seeking a moment to chill and unwind.

πŸ“Œ The Elder Wing

Secrets Wall

Join our Neo Ambassador Committee and adorn the gallery with your secrets

πŸ“Œ Upstairs in the Atrium

Participating organisations include the Australian Dance Theatre, Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP), Centre for Creative Photography, Youth Inc., South Coast Circus, South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE), Spoken Word SA, Carclew and SAYarts.

Presented by

  • The Balnaves Foundation

Supported by

  • Australian Dance Theatre
  • CCYP
  • South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE)
  • SAYarts
  • South Coast Circus
  • Youthinc
  • Centre for Creative Photography
  • Spoken Word SA
  • Carclew