The country’s longest-standing survey of contemporary Australian art.

The fragile state of our world is explored from all angles by twenty-two of the nation’s most innovative artists and artist collaborations in the 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Handle with Care.

From anxiety over nature and the environment, to the erosion of cultural traditions, Handle with Care presents a diversity of artistic responses to pressing contemporary concerns, demonstrating the range of recent art practice in Australia. Through painting, sculpture, installation and film, as well as works made from water, light, glass and bio-organic materials, the exhibition plays out shifts between social cultures; crossing national as well as psychological borders; and, reveals personal trauma surroudning troubled geographical, political and psychological realities.


Dr. Felicity Fenner


Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Dadang Christanto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, James Darling and Lesley Forwood, Dennis Del Favero, Janet Laurence, Anthony Mannix, Tom Mùller, Dorothy Napangardi, James Newitt, Bronwyn Oliver, Gregory Pryor, Kate Rohde, Sandra Selig, Kylie Stillman, Warwick Thornton, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Hossein Valamanesh, Suzann Victor, Guan Wei, Catherine Woo and Ken Yonetani.

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in association with the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts. The exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The exhibition has been generously supported by SKYY Vodka.