Water is life; it holds memory; it is culture. A fundamental element of existence, it plays an important role in ancient origin stories through to contemporary geopolitics. As sweat, tears and ocean, saltwater indexes pleasure and pain, effort, escape and exaltation.

This project critically examines our relationship to water from the situation of the driest state in the driest continent on earth, in a nation deeply under the spell of extractive industries. Water Rites positions water as a non-human agent through an array of vessels and acts, giving voice to water, its rhythms, needs and desires.


Libby Harward
Ngugi people, Queensland

Archie Moore
Kamilaroi/Bigambul people, Queensland/New South Wales

Mandy Quadrio
Pairabeene people, Tasmania

Curated by Danni Zuvela

Special Events

Kurangk Listening, Seaweed and Sunset Kayaking
Sat 6 Nov, all day, offsite at Coorong
$20, Book here

Opening Night
Fri 24 Sep, 6-8pm
ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide, 5000
Book here

Curator-led Tour
Suitable for neuro-diverse guests
Tue 12 Oct, 12pm
Auslan interpreted, low sensory
Register here

Artists Talk
Sat 16 Oct, 12pm start
Register here


Wheelchair accessible

Presenting Partners
  • ACE Open 2021