Adelaide Contemporary art gallery ACE Open partners with Country Arts SA to extend reach into regional South Australia

Image: Kerry Youde and her artwork All the Secrets of the Future – Digital Collage – 2016

Adelaide-based contemporary art gallery ACE Open is extending its support of artists and audiences to regional South Australia through a new partnership with Country Arts SA resulting in the upcoming ACE Open House residency and the announcement of a touring exhibition to follow.

Burra artist Kerry Youde is the successful recipient of the inaugural ACE Open and Country Arts SA Open House residency which will see the photographer, digital illustrator and jewellery-maker undertake a one month residency at ACE Open’s CBD residential studio from October 8 – November 6 2018, receive a $6000 artist fee and undertake a mentorship with renowned visual artist Sue Kneebone. The selection panel commended Youde’s application and her eagerness to create meaningful exchanges with metropolitan artists and to draw from and contribute to wider reciprocity between the artist and the broader industry.

“This is an amazing opportunity to focus on and develop my practice. I am also very much looking forward to developing new connections while expanding my professional network,” said Youde.

Meanwhile, ACE Open’s 2017 South Australian Artist Commission exhibition Sera Waters: Domestic Arts has been confirmed for a six-venue regional South Australian tour beginning in June 2020. The celebrated exhibition of textile artworks will travel to Bordertown, Seppeltsfield, Goolwa, Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and Murray Bridge. At only 18 months old, ACE Open – the result of a late 2016 merger between two long-standing Adelaide contemporary art organisations, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) – is thrilled to be able extend its activities and impact into regional South Australia.

“As the only contemporary art space in South Australia, ACE Open is committed to developing art and artists in and from our state. This commitment extends far beyond Adelaide and our tour of Domestic Arts will offer regional audiences the chance to encounter work by an outstanding contemporary artist.” said ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell.

“We are delighted to work with ACE Open to offer more opportunities for contemporary artmakers and audiences across regional SA, whether that be through providing residencies or touring work,” said Country Arts SA’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Saffell.

ACE Open provides transformative contemporary art experiences for artists and audiences from its CBD art space in Adelaide. As South Australia’s flagship contemporary art gallery, ACE Open presents a year-round program of free exhibitions by practicing South Australian, Australian and international artists. ACE’s programs extend the edges of contemporary visual art practice, embrace diversity and provide a space for artists and audiences to take risks.