7 - 30 July 2017



an exhibition of artworks in various media by members of the

Friends of the South Australian School of Art

‘Journeys’ is the 5th Exhibition of Members of the Friends of the SA School of Art (FSASA), and celebrates 10 years of FSASA and the artistic endeavours of its members. They are colloquially and affectionately called “The Friends” and have been in existence since 2008.  They comprise of past and current lecturers, past and current students and art lovers in general who wish to support the South Australian School of Art (SASA) which is the oldest art school in Australia. It has gone through many transformations to its current position within UNISA, with the SASA Gallery its namesake. FSASA acknowledges support from Paul Greenaway of Greenaway Art Gallery, and Sam Hill Smith of Hill Smith Gallery.

Their Patron Syd Ball was born in Adelaide in 1933 and studied at the South Australian School of Art and later at the Art Students League of New York under Theodore Stamos. Through Stamos, Ball became acquainted with artists such as Mark Rothko, William De Kooning and Robert Motherwell. He became an artist of international reputation, represented in over 70 Collections worldwide.

Many of Ball's significant works have been donated to the Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia. The Director, Erica Green, said Ball was an inspirational artist and teacher. "His big claim to fame was that he was really responsible for bringing back abstract expressionism to Australia," she said.’ Sadly he passed away earlier this year.

The Friends believe in the importance of recording the history of the SA School of Art and as such Dr Jenny Aland has been compiling its history over the last few years. The book is due for release in 2017.

The Friends also support the South Australian School of Art by providing scholarships for current visual art students. At this stage, $20,000 in scholarships has been given to students studying visual arts at the SASA/ AAD of UNISA since 2008, with a further $12,000 to be donated over the next two years 2017 and 2018.

And finally, The Friends support their members through a biennial art exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the FSASA journey, and the individual journeys of its members. It is an eclectic exhibition of paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media from talented artists.

Three prizes will be presented on the opening night:

  • $1,000 - First Prize for Excellence, donated by Brenton Craggs, Director, Ray White Real Estate Blackwood(see below)

  • $250 - 2nd Prize, donated by Duthy Street Art Supplies

  • $100 - 3rd Prize, donated by Port Art Supplies

Judges are Mark Fischer, past Education Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) FSASA Member & past FSASA Board member; and Penny Griggs, General Manager SALA.

Silent Auction

An added feature of the exhibition will be the ‘Silent Auction’ of a Cypress Pine sculpture donated by
artist Kon Heyer, with a reserve price of $1,000.
Money raised from the auction will go towards student scholarships.

Kon’s work is titled ‘Evolving’ and measures 85cm W x 95cm H.

The artwork is on display in the exhibition, and the winning bidder will be notified after 30 July.

Major Prize Donor

Brenton Craggs, Director at Ray White Real Estate in Blackwood shows another dimension to his personality in the art exhibition soon to be launched at Gallery M. Here we see Brenton add to his role of time patron of the arts into an arts sponsor, with a generous donation of $1000 for the winning prize of the friends of South Australia School of Art Exhibition opening on July 7th.

This transition is consistent with Brenton's attempts to develop a bridge between his 2 business interests... Property and Art ! About this he says "many people don't have an appreciation for art, they live in $1,000,000 houses then put up cheap reproductions on the walls". He says "art as a niche market is part of property, art does assist in the presentation of houses". Brenton has furnished his office with art works for many years and he notes that "people get excited by what they see". He has organised and opened a number of exhibitions at the office, with good attendance and work selling well.

Brenton's ideas about art have evolved over the years along with his increased knowledge of the language of art. He says he looks at images in a more informed way through being involved with art over the past twenty five years. Brenton is inspired by the energy and changes that occur in art and he intends to create a website promoting the merging of art work, artists and property.