Siv Grava, Terrain 3, 2012, acrylic on canvas

Curated by John Neylon

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Eyre Peninsula is a tougher place than most in which to make art. The region, so far removed from perceived centres of culture with their audiences, galleries and art schools, demands that its artists be very self-reliant and resourceful. To survive and develop as an artist takes a special kind of commitment. But it gives much in return as a place which offers a sense of freedom from urbanised life, access to landscapes of spectacular beauty and traditional significance, and the knowledge or sense of belonging to this place, known to many as the ‘West Coast.’


In 2010 selected artists from across the region and from different cultural and personal perspectives were invited to explore and express the complexities of this ‘tough love’ affair from which there is ultimately no walking away, no letting go.


The outcome is Tough(er) Love, to be presented by Country Arts SA in association with Flinders University Art Museum, at the Flinders City Gallery.


Comprising new work by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous painters and sculptors – John Baily, Cindy Durant, Amanda Franklin, Siv Grava, Joylene Haynes, Karl James, Elma Lawrie, Verna Lawrie, Beaver Lennon, Leith O’Malley, Pungkai and John Turpie – the exhibition reflects the practices of those working out of larger population centres including Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Ceduna, as well as smaller regional communities.

To access the Tough(er) Love Learning Connections Resource Kit, see the Learning Connections page.


Touring Dates

Adelaide, Flinders University City Gallery February 22 – April 28, 2013

Kapunda, Kapunda Art Gallery May 19 – June 16, 2013

Ceduna, Westart July 4 – August 2, 2013 & Ceduna District Health Service July 4 – August 15, 2013

Port Lincoln, Civic Hall Galleries, August 24 – October 6, 2013

Elliston, Elliston Information Centre, October 16 – December 1, 2013

Streaky Bay, Rural Transaction & Visitor Information December 11, 2013 – January 29, 2014

Port Augusta, Pt Augusta Cultural Centre-Yarta Purtli February 6 – March 8, 2014

Tanunda, Barossa Regional Gallery March 21 – April 27, 2014

Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery May 9 – June 22, 2014

Kadina, Ascot Theatre Gallery June 28 – July 24, 2014

Port Pirie, Pt Pirie Regional Art Gallery August 1 – September 7, 2014

Burra, Burra Regional Art Gallery September 18 – October 14, 2014

Berri, River Lands Gallery October 24 – December 5, 2014

Bordertown, Walkway Gallery December 17, 2014 – January 30, 2015

Goolwa, Signal Point Gallery March 2 – April 12, 2015


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  • Kids

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Rated: G

Presented by Country Arts SA

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Presented by Country Arts SA, Sandpit

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We Are The World
  • Theatre

We Are The World

23rd February 2017 — 25th February 2017

Rated: M

Presented by Country Arts SA, Intimate Spectacle

Part town hall meeting, part Wikipedia wormhole, all hilarious! Navigate your own adventure in real time with Post and their amazing, antiquated internet.

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