Register: NOV/24/2017, Submit: NOV/24/2017, Eligibility: Design teams in the field of architecture and landscape architecture; Stage 2 – teams must to include an architect registered in the Australian Institute of Architects, Fee: Free, Awards: 6 teams – 90,000 AUD (about 70,415 USD) each, Winner – tender/negotiation about fee to project
The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition is a global search for an outstanding design team to create a new cultural destination for Australia. Eclectic, curious, free-thinking and sociable – Adelaide Contemporary will show art from around the world alongside the Government of South Australia’s peerless collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art. The new gallery and sculpture park will benefit from a strategic site on North Terrace, the city’s historic cultural and educational avenue. Located on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is founded on progressive values. Famously known as the city of festivals, Adelaide has developed a culture that prizes engagement and participation.
With this culture at its heart, Adelaide Contemporary will be ‘uniquely Adelaide’, extending the concept of an art destination by combining a public art sculpture park, a contemporary art gallery and an accessible community meeting place. It will integrate art, education, nature and people. Adelaide Contemporary’s unique curatorial signature will be shown in the pioneering Gallery of Time, which will curate the State’s collection of Aboriginal art and present Indigenous Australian art and culture alongside work by Asian and European artists.
Sponsored by the Government of South Australia through the agency of Arts South Australia for the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Contemporary is intended to act as a catalyst for change, raising Adelaide’s profile as a creative city and, through tourism and business investment, creating new jobs.
Adelaide Contemporary will make a new place within the city, respectful of Adelaide’s rich heritage and diverse cultures, foregrounding a gallery and sculpture park that together make a confident landmark for Adelaide.
To realise this ambitious project, Arts South Australia is looking for a team that can create a unique and exemplary art destination that is memorable and inviting, as well as being physically and emotionally woven into the place and community. Adelaide Contemporary should exemplify sustainable principles and demonstrate environmentally-aware and future-facing design. The core scheme is approximately 15,000m² in size, but will need to be scalable.
The total estimated project budget is up to AU$250m, which is subject to finalisation of a business case and final funding approval by the Government of South Australia following the Brief Development Phase.
The ambitions and vision for Adelaide Contemporary have grown out of the successes of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and the need for new galleries to display works from an outstanding collection that amounts to more than 42,000 works.
Due to lack of space, only a minute fraction of the Collection’s treasures has been displayed so far.
With the most important collection of Aboriginal cultural material in the world and an internationally regarded collection of European, Asian and Australian art, Adelaide Contemporary’s unique curatorial signature will enable visitors to look at Australian art in a global context.
In a world-first, the Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collections to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures. Using storytelling, encounters and diversity, it will encourage new ways of seeing and understanding Aboriginal and other art collections.
Adelaide Contemporary will honour Aboriginal art and culture, welcoming diverse voices and fostering links with communities State-wide as well as with international partners.
As the first new building to be commissioned on behalf of the AGSA since 1996, Adelaide Contemporary will enthusiastically celebrate Adelaide’s growing place in the international art world.
AGSA’s values include a commitment to innovation and experimentation and returning the power of art to people’s lives through bold exhibition and event programming.
A new stand-alone art destination in an exceptional public realm, the initiative will support an expanded acquisitions and loans programme and provide space for artistic innovation.
Adelaide Contemporary will engage and educate families and children through thematic narratives that will activate the entire Art Gallery collection – an outcome unrivalled in most internationally-renowned museums and galleries.
New gallery, education and research, and public engagement spaces will enable the commissioning of internationally-significant installations, and major ‘blockbuster’ temporary exhibitions will raise Adelaide’s profile; most significantly, frequently changing displays will locate the gallery at the core of the cultural life of South Australians. Adelaide Contemporary will expand the conventions of an art gallery to include film, performance and design.
Adelaide Contemporary represents an investment in the future of Australian art and a faith in Adelaide’s ability to capture the intense energy and activity of its creative industries – so apparent in the festival season – and sustain this year-round.
It is expected that 500,000 visitors will come to Adelaide Contemporary in its first year. Concurrently, visitors to the existing Art Gallery of South Australia are anticipated to rise by 250,000 in the first three years.
Adelaide Contemporary will need to be of outstanding architectural quality combined with assured and sophisticated place-making so that it can flourish as a new presence in the city, appealing to locals, regional visitors, and national and international tourists.
Adelaide Contemporary will be located on part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, on two hectares of land currently adjoining Adelaide Botanic Garden.
The site offers the opportunity to integrate the new gallery and the adjacent Adelaide Botanic Garden with a public sculpture park, community space and flexible galleries, strengthening the celebrated North Terrace’s identity as Adelaide’s creative precinct and expanding it eastwards.
Adelaide is located on the traditional country of the Kaurna people. The area adjacent to the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, known as Rundle Park, derives its Kaurna name, Kadlitpinna, from the famed Kaurna warrior. Known to colonists predominantly as ‘Captain Jack’, Kadlitpinna was an important educator and leader – providing rich information on Kaurna language and culture to settlers. A portrait of Kadlitpinna by George French Angas is held in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection.
The area leading to Adelaide Botanic Garden was known to the Kaurna as kaingka wirra ‘gum scrub’ and the lake in the gardens was an important water source. Furthermore, the entire area on which the former Royal Adelaide Hospital is sited would have been rich hunting grounds providing a wealth of food and other resources.
The new gallery will be located to the eastern edge of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, where the hospital estate adjoined Adelaide Botanic Garden. It is 400 metres east of the current Art Gallery of South Australia building on North Terrace, in land zoned for cultural and institutional uses. Adelaide Contemporary will complete Adelaide’s expanded North Terrace ‘cultural boulevard’.