Home to the Performing Arts Collection this gallery showcases a year-round exhibition program focusing on displaying objects and artworks from the Performing Arts Collection.
The Performing Arts Collection was established by Premier Don Dunstan in 1979 with the aim to preserve, record and display the significant contributions South Australians have made on stage and behind-the-scenes to theatre, opera, music, dance, musical theatre, film and circus.
Over the last forty years the Collection has evolved to become one of the most important and comprehensive performing arts collections in Australia and now comprises over 100,000 objects.
It holds significant collections from Dame Judith Anderson, Sir Robert Helpmann, Fewster and King, Australian Dance Company, State Theatre Company and State Opera of South Australia.
Items in the collection range from the ephemeral (programs and ticket stubs); to artworks (paintings and photography); to design (costume renderings and set models); to architecture (theatre fittings, furniture and décor); to textiles (costumes and millinery); and to archives and event files dating back to 1858.
The Ian & Pamela Wall Gallery was made possible through remarkable generosity of Ian Wall AM and his wife Pamela Wall OAM.
The Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery, along with the Pickard Terrace, is free to visit and open to the public before and during performance times and for special exhibitions during major festivals.