Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection

Our expansive Works of Art Collection comprises artworks, paintings, sculptures, moving image works, photography and textiles.

Throughout Adelaide Festival Centre’s buildings and grounds is our significant Works of Art Collection which comprises of artworks, paintings, sculptures, moving image works, photography, and textiles.

In February 2022, the Festival Theatre will reopen with a number of permanent Works of Art returning, view them here.

This diverse and important collection features works by renowned artists including Sydney Ball, Nellie Coulthard, Bert Flugelman, Barbara Hepworth, Beaver Lennon, Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Mumu Mike Williams, and Tony Wilson.

This Collection was established in 1970 when over-subscribed funds from the public appeal to build the Festival Theatre were set aside to commission and purchase works of art by leading artists of that time. As the theatre was built, works were commissioned to integrate into the design of the building’s foyers, façade, and entrances.

The Collection expanded from 2001-2003 when, through a generous grant from the Adelaide City Council, the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Indigenous Art Collection was established to include works from contemporary First Nations artists.

The Works of Art Collection is a significant public collection of Australian and international art that reflects the history of Adelaide Festival Centre and Australia’s visual and performing arts histories.


Image credit: John Coburn, Night, merino wool tapestry, 1973.