Celebrating OUR MOB 2020

View significant First Nations artworks from Adelaide Festival Centre’s unique Works of Art Collection

All events at Adelaide Festival Centre venues are being held in accordance with SA Health direction and the South Australian Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions. The Adelaide Festival Centre website offers Event Guidelines in response to the most current information.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and recent travel restrictions into and out of regional and remote communities, OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists was not able to proceed in its usual format this year. Please read the full program update from 4 June 2020 here.

Adelaide Festival Centre instead presented a celebratory exhibition of art by First Nations artists from our Works of Art Collection online - the Celebrating OUR MOB 2020 exhibition featured original paintings that have been acquired from previous OUR MOB exhibitions and for the Adelaide Festival Centre Works of Art Collection. Please click here to view the exhibition sheet including a snapshot of the artworks and artist information. 

Accompanying the exhibition this year will be a new digital initiative titled OUR WORDS – a collection of digital spoken word performances by First Nations poets from across the country. With new videos released weekly throughout Celebrating OUR MOB 2020 exhibition dates, these works achieve what a written collection could not - transmitting the words of these extraordinary writers in their own voice and performance. Find out more about OUR WORDS here.

Patrons will be able to view Celebrating OUR MOB 2020 works in person when attending performances at Adelaide Festival Centre. Select pieces will also be available to view online for those who are unable to visit the exhibition via the OUR WORDS Facebook event here.


Since 2006, OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists has provided a platform for contemporary First Nations artists to share their stories, ideas and art with audiences.

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, the annual exhibition showcases the diversity and depth of works created by First Nations artists across South Australia, from around urban Adelaide to the state’s regional and remote communities, developing the careers of many and generating direct-to-artist sales.

The program comprises three exhibitions: OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists; OUR YOUNG MOB for artists under 18 years, and a solo exhibition from the recipient of the previous years’ Emerging Artist Award which is supported by the Don Dunstan Foundation. This and a number of other awards are announced on opening night.

Artists are invited to submit original artworks for consideration in the exhibitions which are then selected by a panel. Entry is always free and artworks are available to purchase. Adelaide Festival Centre often acquires an artwork from OUR MOB for its Works of Art Collection each year.

OUR MOB is celebrated for its inclusiveness, accessibility for artists and its collaborative approach. Adelaide Festival Centre gratefully acknowledges ongoing partnerships with Ku Arts and SICAD; Country Arts SA; The Don Dunstan Foundation; Tarnanthi; and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture centre managers and coordinators across South Australia.

Banner image (detail): Tony Wilson, Uncle, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 160 cm.